Top Gear (series 16)

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Top Gear returns with even faster cars in series 16. Featuring the incredible Pagani Zonda R, one of the loudest objects known to man, and the most powerful road going Ferrari ever, the 599 GTO, the new series is packed full of serious cars and some serious power.


There’s also Jeremy racing against time in the new Jag XJ as he tries to beat the sun to land’s end, Richard attempting to beat gravity in a Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet and James taking the Ariel Atom v8, the new more powerful version of the car which tried to rip Jeremy’s face off, around the Top Gear track. All this plus the usual line-up of star guests driving the Reasonably Priced Car.


The new Stig also makes his debut in Top Gear season 16, and the usual line-up of star guests, including Boris Becker, Jonathan Ross and Simon Pegg, in Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. It’s another cracking high-octane series from the world’s biggest car show.


Don’t forget to catch Top Gear (Series 16) when it premieres first and exclusively on Sunday, 7 August 2011 (Singapore 10:00pm) on BBC Knowledge (StarHub Channel 407).


Top Gear (Series 16): episodic synopses

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Top Gear (Series 16): awards

Best Non-Scripted Entertainment, International Emmy Awards, 2005

Best Features and Lifestyle Series, Royal Television Society Awards, 2007

Most Popular Factual Programme, National Television Awards, 2007 & 2008


Top Gear (Series 16): the presenters

Jeremy Clarkson

British motoring journalist and television presenter Jeremy Clarkson is one of the best-known and most controversial personalities in Britain. His opinionated but tongue-in-cheek writing and presenting style has often resulted in criticism from the media, politicians, pressure groups and the public. However, many find him highly entertaining and whether he actually means some of his more extravagant statements is a matter for conjecture. In fact, there is a facebook site devoted to making him Prime Minister.


Richard Hammond (The Hamster)

It was 2002 when the show changed to its current popular format and Richard Hammond soon became a household name. The small, pretty-boy, soon became the butt of jokes from co-presenter Jeremy Clarkson, the best known of which is his nickname: Hamster. In an interview given to the Daily Express in June 2008, he explained its origins: “The Hamster name came from a mate of mine. When I told him my wife Mindy was pregnant, he said: ‘Aah, a baby hamster’.” Hammond made the mistake of telling Clarkson and James May, who promptly shared the joke on TV. Another running gag is Hammond’s supposed use of teeth whitener.


James May (Captain Slow)

He first co-presented Top Gear in 1999, before it was axed by the BBC due to low ratings. He rejoined the show in Series 2 of its revised, present format. Of the three named presenters, he is the craggy, rumpled, gentle one with long blond hair – and a bit of a nerd. Clarkson lost no time in finding a nickname for him: Captain Slow, allegedly due to his ‘careful’ driving style (unlike the others, he is no fan of speed despite the fact that he has occasionally driven at exceptionally high speeds on the show). He is also known for his belief that bigger is better when it comes to testing or buying vehicles.


The Stig

The Stig never speaks nor removes his helmet on camera. The Stig has also appeared on some of Jeremy Clarkson’s motoring specials, such as Heaven and Hell and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, as well as on the BBC’s Whizz Whizz Bang Bang, a show which constructions children’s inventions. The Stig’s name derives from presenter Clarkson’s days at Repton School, where, according to Clarkson, new students were always called Stig.

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Singapore’s only female full-time motoring and motorsports photojournalist. Independent automotive consultant and prominent local motorsports personality Cheryl Tay is uniquely passionate about all things cars and motorsports. She also has a strong passion to share her interest and knowledge, hence having a dream to become the ‘Oprah Winfrey of cars and motorsports’ and create a multimedia platform for her sharing. - A female in a male-dominated world, Cheryl Tay is Singapore’s only female full-time motoring journalist and motorsports blogger and she regularly writes for prominent titles in Singapore, Asia and internationally. (See full list of titles that Cheryl Tay writes for here.)

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