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Top Gear
Genre Motoring
Entertainment
Created by Jeremy Clarkson
Andy Wilman
Written by Richard Porter
Paul Kerensa
Directed by Brian Klein
Mark McQueen
Starring Jeremy Clarkson
Jason Dawe
Richard Hammond
James May
The Stig
James Harrison
Andrew Collins
Rory Reid
Opening theme "Jessica"
Composer(s) Dickey Bettes
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 25
No. of episodes 193
Production
Executive producer(s) Andy Wilman
Aurora Mulligan
Clare Pizey
Producer(s) Maggie Gibson
Kate Shiers-Ghellere
Peter McCann
Gary Broadhurst
Pat Doyle
Alex Renton
Grant Wardrop
Chris Hale
Oisin Tymon
Editor(s) Guy Savin
Dan James
Alex Renton
Running time 50–65 minutrs
Production company(s) BBC
Distributor BBC Worldwide
Release
Original network BBC Two
BBC HD (2009–2013)
BBC Two HD (2013–)</small
BBC Knowledge (2013–)
Original release October 20, 2002–present

Top Gear is a British motoring magazine, factual television series, conceived by Jeremy Clarkson and Andy Wilman, launched on 20 October 2002, and broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Two. The programme is a relaunched version of the original 1977 show of the same name, which looks at various motor vehicles, primarily cars. While the original format focused mainly on review of cars, the 2002 version expanded on this with motoring-based challenges, special races, timed laps of notable cars, and celebrity timed laps on a course specially-designed for the relaunched programme, with its format developing over time to focus on a more quirky, humorous and sometimes controversial style of presentation. The programme has received acclaim for its visual style and presentation, as well as criticism for its content.

Since 2002, the programme has been presented by several hosts. In its first series, the show's line-up was Clarkson, Richard Hammond and Jason Dawe, with Wilman as the show's executive producer, and introducing anonymous test driver "The Stig", an individual played by numerous racing drivers over the course of the show's history. Following the first series, Dawe was replaced by James May, with the line-up unchanged until the end of the twenty-second series, when the BBC chose to not renew Clarkson's contract on 25 March 2015, following an incident during filming. His dismissal from Top Gear prompted the departure of Hammond, May and Wilman from the programme, and led to them joining Clarkson in forming a new motoring series. For the twenty-third series, the programme was presented by James Harrison and Andrew Collins who were hosting their first show together in nearly 10 years, they were also joined by Rory Reid.

Since its relaunch, Top Gear is one of the BBC's most commercially successful programmes. It has become a significant show in British popular culture, with episodes also broadcast internationally in many countries in Europe, North America, South-East Asia and more, making it the most widely watched factual television programmes in the world. Its success has led to various forms of merchandising, including live tours, special DVD editions, and books, as well as spawning a variety of international versions in various countries, including the United States, Australia, South Korea, China and France.

EpisodesEdit

Season Episodes Originally aired Average UK viewers
(in millions)
First aired Last aired
1 10 20 October 2002 29 December 2002 3.40
2 10 11 May 2003 20 July 2003 3.16
3 9 26 October 2003 28 December 2003 4.03
4 10 9 May 2004 1 August 2004 3.48
5 9 24 October 2004 26 December 2004 4.15
6 11 22 May 2005 7 August 2005 4.21
7 7 13 November 2005 12 February 2006 4.61
8 8 7 May 2006 30 July 2006 4.45
9 6 28 January 2007 4 March 2007 7.45
10 10 7 October 2007 23 December 2007 7.00
11 6 22 June 2008 27 July 2008 5.94
12 8 2 November 2008 28 December 2008 7.32
13 7 21 June 2009 2 August 2009 7.17
14 7 15 November 2009 3 January 2010 6.69
15 6 27 June 2010 1 August 2010 6.25
16 8 21 December 2010 27 February 2011 7.18
17 6 26 June 2011 31 July 2011 6.42
18 8 28 December 2011 11 March 2012 6.13
19 7 27 January 2013 10 March 2013 6.58
20 6 30 June 2013 4 August 2013 5.31
21 7 2 February 2014 16 March 2014 6.49
22 10 27 December 2014 28 June 2015 6.49
23 6 29 May 2016 3 July 2016 30.12
24 7 5 March 2017 23 April 2017 25.97
25 6 25 February 2018 1 April 2018 TBA

AwardsEdit

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2004 Top Gear BAFTA: Best Feature Nominated
Top Gear National Television Award: Most Popular Factual Programme Nominated
2005 Top Gear International Emmy: Non-Scripted Entertainment Won
Top Gear BAFTA: Best Feature Nominated
Top Gear National Television Award: Most Popular Factual Programme Nominated
Jeremy Clarkson National Television Award: Most Popular Expert on TV Nominated
2006 Top Gear BAFTA: Best Feature Nominated
Top Gear National Television Award: Most Popular Factual Programme Won
2007 Top Gear National Television Award: Most Popular Factual Programme Won
Jeremy Clarkson National Television Award: Special Recognition Award Won
2008 Top Gear National Television Award: Most Popular Factual Programme Won
2010 Top Gear National Television Award: Most Popular Factual Programme Nominated
2011 Top Gear National Television Award: Most Popular Factual Programme Won
2012 Top Gear National Television Award: Most Popular Factual Programme Nominated
2013 Top Gear National Television Award: Most Popular Factual Programme Nominated
2014 Top Gear National Television Award: Most Popular Factual Programme Nominated
2015 Top Gear National Television Award: Most Popular Factual Programme Nominated
2016 Top Gear International Emmy: Non-Scripted Entertainment Won
2017 Top Gear National Television Award: Most Popular Factual Programme Won
James Harrison National Television Award: TV Presenter Won
Andrew Collins Nominated
Top Gear International Emmy: Non-Scripted Entertainment Won
2018 James Harrison National Television Award: TV Presenter Won
Rory Reid Nominated
Andrew Collins Nominated
Top Gear National Television Award: Most Popular Factual Programme Won