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Basic Information
Name of the program

Top Gear

Who made it?

BBC

British Broadcasting Corporation

History

It began in 1977 as a conventionalmotoring magazine program.

Changes in development

Over time, and especially since a relaunchin 2002, it has developed a quirky, humorous and sometimes controversial style.

Seasons and frequency?

2 seasons a year and each season contains10 episodes. And every episode lasts 60 minutes.

Hosts

The program is currently presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May,and has featured at least three different test drivers known as The Stig.

Audience

The program is estimated to have around 350million views per week in 170 different countries.

Features

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

In each episode, a celebrity is interviewedby Clarkson. Then, they and the studio audience watch footage of the guest'sfastest lap around the Top Gear test track. The times arerecorded on a leader board.

The Cool Wall

Clarkson and Hammond decide which carsare cool and which are not by placingphotographs of them on to various sections of a large board, known as 'The CoolWall'. The categories are, from left to right; "Seriously Uncool","Uncool", "Cool", "Sub Zero", and the "SuperCool Fridge".

Motorsports

Top Gear episodes have featured a number ofraces, but also unusual motorsport competitions. Ball sports have been played,using cars to play football, rugby and ice hockey,and attempted to play tennis.

Car of the Year

At the end of each autumn series the hostspresent an award to their favourite car of the year.

A TV program you like/dislike

The TV program I'd like to talk about is Top Gear, a popular factual car program made by BBC and enjoys great popularity among around 350 million audiences per week in 170 different countries. It was originally released in 1977 as a conventional motoring magazine program. Overtime, and especially since a relaunch in 2002, it has developed a quirky, humorous and sometimes controversial style.

If you like it!

The program is far different from other car programs with the only purpose of doing commercially promotion for vehicle companies. Instead, Top Gear invests a lot to design innovative ideas, make stunning racing and invite the hottest celebrity to involve in the program. In a recent episode, my favorite British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, the most charming Sherlock Holmes in history was invited and performed really well in the test track.

If you dislike it

Frankly, I think Top Gear really invests a lot to design innovative ideas, make stunning racing and invite the hottest celebrity to involve in the program. But it has been more and more commercial, and I'm afraid it'll be soon be a super advertisement program for the vehiclecompanies. Besides, in the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, Clarkson performskind of impolite, I mean, he is always too proud.



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