Continuing this week on Five is the series that brings to life the classic card game of the 1970s and 80s. Hosted by Robert Llewellyn and Ashley Hames, the show uses the Top Trumps format to examine all manner of extreme machines. This week’s show compares high-performance planes, including the Cessna Citation X.

First launched in the UK in 1977, Top Trumps is played using a pack of special cards featuring a range of statistics about a certain subject. It became an instant hit, and cards were soon being handed back and forth in playgrounds across the country. Themes covered in the original game included cars, planes, dinosaurs and superheroes.

This ten-part series sees Robert and Ashley go head-to-head in a bid to outsmart each other across a range of subjects. With each show based on a different theme, the presenters go on personal fact-finding missions, before comparing what they have learned. After immersing themselves in their given topic, they battle it out to see which statistics are more impressive.

Themes explored throughout the series include high-tech fire engines, extreme all-terrain vehicles, super cars, earthmovers and colossal helicopters.

This week, Robert experiences life in the lap of luxury as he uncovers the vital statistics that make the Cessna Citation X the private jet of choice for celebrities and royalty alike. From the padded leather toilet seat to the Rolls Royce jet engines, Rob leaves no wing-tip unturned in his quest to rustle up every last fact and statistic governing the Cessna’s mastery of the celebrity skies.

Meanwhile, Ashley has been dealt a highperformance plane of a different kind. He spends some quality air-time with the Blades – the only passenger-carrying airline in the world that doubles as an aerobatic display team. Their mode of transport is the mighty Extra 300, a plane built to perform stunts and withstand G-forces that would rip the wings off a lesser aircraft. Testing its top speed while upside down and taking the controls in the middle of a loop-the-loop are just two of the feats Ashley performs in his quest to prove that he can out-trump Rob in the Top Trumps showdown.

About the author

  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • BBC Three
  • ITV1
  • ITV2
  • 4
  • E4
  • Film4
  • More4
  • Five
  • Fiver
  • Sky1