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Category:Automotive television series. Category:Top Gear. Top Gear. Top Gear ist ein Automagazin, das von dem britischen Fernsehsender BBC Two ausgestrahlt wird. Seit der Umgestaltung des Formats im Jahre 2002 liefen bereits zwanzig Staffeln.[1] Die Sendung gewann 2005 den Internationalen Emmy für die beste Entertainmentshow. Top Gear hat weltweit bis zu 350 Millionen Zuschauer, fünf Millionen davon in Großbritannien.[2] Top Gear wird moderiert von Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond und James May. Ein weiteres ständiges Teammitglied ist der Testfahrer The Stig. In der achten Staffel gab es noch Top Gear Dog, einen Labradoodle, und in der elften Staffel wurde der Top Gear Stuntman eingeführt, der bisher jedoch nur zwei Auftritte hatte. Ende September 2006 wurde die Ausstrahlung für vier Monate ausgesetzt, nachdem Moderator Richard Hammond während der Dreharbeiten für die Sendung bei einem Unfall mit einem Dragster schwer verletzt wurde.

Das Top Gear magazine wird von BBC Magazines herausgegeben. Geschichte[Bearbeiten] 1977 bis 2001[Bearbeiten] Top Gear: cars, driving, supercars and the TV show. Stars in Fast Cars. Stars in Fast Cars was a humorous motoring-themed celebrity game show, in which celebrities competed at motoring challenges, including recreating movie stunts and racing modified armchairs. The series was first broadcast on BBC Three, in 2005, and repeated on BBC One in 2006. Among some of the more notable moments were Car Skittles; a stunt where the guests had to drive on to the back of a moving lorry, before letting them all drive a Ferrari – with a bathtub of water attached to the back which they were not allowed to spill.

They were asked to race in a variety of motor-esque machines, from the aforementioned armchairs to Formula 1 cars. The final round of each show, between the two top-ranking guests, features the use of the car cannon in attempts to hit various things. Episodes and participants[edit] This list is incomplete (episodes 3-10 are missing). You can help Wikipedia by adding verifiable data to it. Pilot[edit] Results: Episode one[edit] Competitors: Episode two[edit] References[edit]

The Stig. Creation and name[edit] The name Stig derives from Wilman and Clarkson's time at the private Repton School, where new boys had always been called "Stig".[1][3] According to original Stig Perry McCarthy, speaking in 2006, the producers had wanted the anonymous driver to be called 'The Gimp', referring to the use of gimp suits in BDSM sexual role-playing.

After McCarthy objected, they settled upon the name Stig.[4] McCarthy had said of the idea at the time that "I don't want to be forever remembered as the Gimp".[2] Characteristics[edit] Uniform[edit] The Black Stig wore a black helmet and black Stand 21 racing suit, gloves and shoes. The White Stig's uniform consists of a white Alpinestars racing suit with small Grand Prix Racewear logo, a white Simpson Diamondback helmet, black on white Alpinestars Tech 1-ZX gloves, and white Alpinestars Tech 1-T racing shoes.

Anonymity and silence[edit] Driving ability[edit] Introductions[edit] Some introductions have referred to current events, such as: EXCLUSIVE: The eight drivers behind Top Gear stunt driver The Stig's famous racing whites. By Richard Simpson Updated: 12:57 GMT, 27 January 2009 To viewers of Top Gear, he harbours almost mythical capabilities - part man, part machine forever clad head to toe in pristine white racing leathers. But it has emerged that the BBC has been rather economical with the truth with regard to their superhuman Stig character who test-drives cars around the Top Gear track and hides his identity behind a black visor.

The Mail has learned that the corporation has in fact employed no fewer than eight different drivers to don the Stig's famous racing whites. Man behind the helmet: The Stig with Griff Rhys Jones at the National Television Awards last year The truth emerged this week after a report claimed to have unearthed the identity of the Stig as Ben Collins, a Bristol-based former American speedway driver and stuntman who doubled for Daniel Craig in the latest James Bond film. With perhaps a hint of irony, the tee-shirt, now available on high streets carried the slogan 'I Am The Stig'. Richter enttarnt den «Stig» - Tv. Seine Identität war fast so geheim wie die Coca-Cola-Formel. Sieben Jahre lang rätselte in Grossbritannien Jung und Alt, wer sich hinter «The Stig», dem weiss behelmten Testfahrer der BBC-Autosendung «Top Gear» verbirgt. Kein Wunder, dass der Stig, der das verspiegelte Visier seines Helmes niemals hob, Kultstatus erreichte. Und die Macher des Programms wussten gekonnt mit dem Geheimnis zu spielen.

Unzählige Male wurde angekündigt, dass der Stig nun endgültig demaskiert werde. Und immer wieder wurden die Zuschauer in letzter Sekunde vertröstet. Das Buch des Anstosses: Die Autobiographie von Ben Collins, die am 16. Sogar als der Stig seinen Helm zum ersten Mal vor laufenden Kameras abnahm, waren sie nachher so schlau wie zuvor. Nun lässt ausgerechnet dieser Testfahrer mit Hilfe eines Buchverlags und eines Londoner Gerichts die Bombe platzen. Geldmaschine der BBC Das weiss auch die BBC, die Macherin von «Top Gear». Doch vor Gericht war die ganze Kunst der BBC-Anwälte umsonst.

(jcg) Top Gear challenges. List of Top Gear broadcasters and video releases. Broadcasters[edit] Arab world[edit] Top Gear is broadcast, with Arab Language, by MBC Action & BBC Arabic Argentina[edit] Top Gear is broadcast, with Spanish subtitles, by BBC Entertainment Australia[edit] As well as the condensed BBC World edition being available on pay television, Australian free-to-air broadcaster SBS commenced the airing of the abridged BBC Two edition (without references to the Top Gear survey and the phone-in competitions) on 12 December 2005, starting with the 2004 series.[1] SBS started broadcasting the 2005 series in July 2006.

From early 2007, SBS hinted that a future episode of Top Gear will be filmed in Australia. Australia is the first country in the world to secure the rights to make a local version of Top Gear. Quote "The Australian version will feature local hosts, and won't simply replicate the UK series. From February 2008, SBS began broadcasting 'Vintage Top Gear' with episodes from Seasons 1 and 2 which had not previously been broadcast in Australia. Top Gear test track. Layout[edit] The track is on a former Royal Canadian Air Force airbase constructed during the Second World War and later used by British Aerospace as a manufacturing and test facility. The track's main route, marked by painted lines and simple structures such as stacks of tyres, was designed by test drivers from Lotus.[1][2] The layout of the track is designed to put the car through various conditions, ranging from provoking understeer to testing brake balance and tyres.

The track is approximately 1.75 miles (2.82 km) long. It is considered to be an equaliser for cars since, according to Richard Hammond, both 0–60 miles per hour (0–96.6 km/h) times and top speed are totally meaningless.[1] The track also incorporates a drag strip; although this is not used for timed segments, it does feature in some challenges and other features on the show. Usage[edit] The track is used routinely for the Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car and Power Laps segments on Top Gear. Power Laps[edit] List of Top Gear test track Power Lap Times. This is the full list of "official" power lap times on the Top Gear test track.[1] Qualifying vehicles[edit] Non-qualifying Vehicles[edit] Tested, but subsequently removed from board[edit] Driven to establish times in challenges[edit] Time adjustments[edit] Sometimes an additional term is written next to the time (such as Hot).

This indicates that The Stig and the Top Gear team consider that the prevalent weather conditions have affected the lap time or car's performance. References and notes[edit] TG_Test_Track.PNG (PNG-Grafik, 800 × 485 Pixel) Top Gear test track. GeoHack - Top Gear test track View this location in Google Maps, in OpenStreetMap, or select one of the services listed below: Wikipedia articles Photos Other information Retrieved from " Views Languages Edit links GeoHack Documentation. File:Top Gear test track-en.svg. 51.116428°N 0.535734°W. BBC TopGear Test Track - Über mich. Top Gear Races. Races[edit] Aston Martin DB9 vs. French TGV - Distance 900 miles[edit] Series Four, Episode One Ferrari 612 Scaglietti vs.

Passenger Jet - Distance 650 miles[edit] Series Five, Episode Eight Clarkson tried to beat Hammond and May in a race from the Dunsfold studio in Surrey to Verbier, Switzerland. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren vs. Series Six, Episode Six Hammond and May raced Clarkson (in a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren) from Heathrow airport to Oslo, Norway. Bugatti Veyron vs. Series Seven, Episode Five Polar Race - Toyota Hilux vs. Series Nine, Episode Seven. Clarkson and May drove a modified Toyota Hilux against Hammond, Matty McNair and a dog sled team in a race across the Canadian arctic. London Race - Car vs. Series Ten, Episode Five May (in a Mercedes-Benz GL-Class) raced Hammond (hybrid bicycle[1]), The Stig (using the London public transport system), and Clarkson (by motorboat) from Kew across to London City Airport. Nissan GT-R vs. Series Eleven, Episode Four Fuel Economy Race - Car vs. List of Top Gear (original format) episodes.

Top Gear was a series of programmes broadcast by the BBC covering motor-related issues, new car model reviews, motor show previews, fuel economy, safety, the police, speeding, insurance, consumer advice and used car sales tips among other issues. Many presenters featured over the course of the series, most notably Angela Rippon, Noel Edmonds, William Woollard, Chris Goffey, Sue Baker, Tiff Needell, Jeremy Clarkson, Quentin Willson and Vicki Butler-Henderson. When it became a network show, it was broadcast on BBC 2 on Thursday nights for Series 1 and 2, then on Tuesday nights between Series 3 and Series 17, then reverting to the original Thursday timeslot from Series 18 to the end of its run.

In all, 515 episodes (not counting the regional shows) were broadcast between 1977 and 2002, with a large majority of that figure being Top Gear itself. Note: The timeslots for Series 45 varied, so not all episodes were broadcast consecutively each week. Jump up ^ Birmingham Post. April 5, 1977. List of Top Gear episodes. Episodes are listed in order of their original U.K. air date along with featured cars, challenges, and guests. For more information on features and challenges included in each series, visit each series' respective page. Comprehensive lists of challenges and races can be found at Top Gear challenges and Top Gear Races.

Overview[edit] Episodes[edit] Series One[edit] Series Two[edit] Series Three[edit] Series Four[edit] Series Five[edit] Series Six[edit] Series Seven[edit] Series Eight[edit] Series Nine[edit] Series Ten[edit] Series Eleven[edit] Series Twelve[edit] Series Thirteen[edit] Series Fourteen[edit] Series Fifteen[edit] Series Sixteen[edit] Series Seventeen[edit] Series Eighteen[edit] Series Nineteen[edit] Series Twenty[edit] Series Twenty-One[edit] Notes[edit] References[edit] Top Gear (1977 TV series) Top Gear is a half-hour automotive show starting in the 1970s, on BBC in the United Kingdom. It was long-lived, and followed by a revamped format starting in 2002, as well as a number of spin-offs, including an entirely US-based version. The original Top Gear started as a monthly television series produced by BBC Midlands, based at Pebble Mill. The 30 minute programmes had a magazine format and were transmitted to viewers in the Midlands region only. Top Gear and its title, was conceived by Executive Producer Derek Smith.

The programme covered motoring related issues such as new car road tests, fuel economy, safety, the police, speeding, insurance, second-hand cars and holiday touring. The first programme was broadcast on April 22, 1977, on BBC 1 Midlands at 2215.[2][3] It was presented by Angela Rippon and Tom Coyne, who was front man of the local evening news programme, Midlands Today. Original Top Gear titles Since the early 1990s, the annual Top Gear J. 1994 - Super Cars. Top Gear (2002 TV series) First run episodes are broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Two and (from Series 20) BBC Two HD.

From Series 14 until Series 19, prior to the launch of the dedicated BBC Two HD channel, new episodes were also simulcast on BBC HD. The series is also carried on cable television systems in the United States via BBC America, in Latin America via BBC Entertainment and in Europe via BBC Knowledge. Top Gear aired its twenty-first series in 2014 with the series premiering on 2 February and ending on 16 March. The programme has received acclaim for its visual style and presentation, and criticism for its content and often politically incorrect commentary made by its presenters.

Columnist A. Jeremy Clarkson, who helped the original series reach its peak in the 1990s, along with producer Andy Wilman, successfully pitched a new format for Top Gear to the BBC, reversing a previous decision to cancel the programme in 2001. In 2008, the series was adapted into a live format called Top Gear Live.