Top Gear

8:00pm Sunday 12 February on BBC TWO

In this week’s programme Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond take charge of shooting the climactic car chase for the new Sweeney movie.

Clarkson uses his expertise to choreograph the stunt driving, whilst Hammond directs the movie’s lead actors, Ray Winstone and Plan B, and organises an explosive finale.

Back at the test track, James May casts a suspicious eye over the new Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nurburgring and gives his verdict on the brand new Fiat Panda. Plus Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds is the star in the Reasonably Priced Car.

Ep 3/7

8:00pm Sunday 5 February on BBC TWO

In this week’s programme Jeremy Clarkson and James May travel to Beijing for a look at China’s ever-expanding car industry – and have a violent encounter with The Stig’s Chinese cousin.

Meanwhile, Richard Hammond is in Texas to immerse himself in the surprisingly interesting world of NASCAR racing. Plus, the Mercedes SLS Roadster makes an enormous amount of noise and smoke on the test track and Matt LeBlanc is the star in the Reasonably Priced Car.

Ep 2/7

8:00pm Sunday 29 January on BBC TWO

In the first of a brand new series, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May head to Italy for a supercar shootout featuring the Lamborghini Aventador, the McLaren MP4-12C and the Noble M600.

Their trip starts at the incredible Nardo test track, a facility so massive it is visible from space, before heading north for a nerve wracking drive around the centre of Rome. The journey concludes at the legendary Imola circuit, a track challenging enough to have embarrassed many an F1 driver, with a timed challenge against the incredible skills of The Stig.

Back in the studio the presenters look forward to some car highlights of 2012 and takes the wheel of the Reasonably Priced Car.

This is the man rumoured to be the world famous Top Gear test driver known as The Stig.

British racing driver Ben Collins has reportedly been exposed as the mysterious man in white after his company records were uncovered showing a pick up in business the same year as the BBC recruited a new Stig after the original was exposed.

Collins Autosport Ltd, which provides the driving services of Collins, describes 2003 as a “cornerstone year” when they were hired by the BBC to work mainly on the Top Gear programme.

Collins has also featured as a stunt driver on the likes of Quantum of Solace, the latest James Bond film.

The BBC is yet to confirm or deny whether The Stig’s identity has been uncovered for the second time.

Source: What’s On TV

F3 racing driver Ben Collins has been linked to being Top Gear’s mysterious driver, The Stig.

Documents from his own company have surfaced to show that he signed up with the BBC show just as the white suited Stig appeared on our screens back in 2003.

The accounts filed at the end of that year revealed that the company had achieved a “cornerstone year” and “in addition, driving services were also provided for the BBC, mainly in the Top Gear Programme.”

 Bristol-based Collins, 35, is currently locked in a legal battle with the show over his proposed tell all book which will blow his cover.  His predecessor; the black suited Stig, former Formula One star Perry McCarthy, was released from his contract at the BBC after his identity was revealed.  Could we be watching a new colour clad Stig soon?

Collins is reported to earn up to £10,000 per show. and has also appeared as a stunt double for 007 Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace.

The BBC is facing a tough legal battle with the Stig over his plans to reveal his identity in a new tell all book.  The Stig also faces losing his £5000-£10000 pay per show as part of this.

Stig’s dentity is a closely-guarded secret with only bosses and show hosts, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond knowing who he is.

A source said, “Bosses are really angry. Part of the charm of the show is people don’t know who The Stig is – if he revealed his identity that would be lost.”

The source also compared the situation to that of the Stig’s predecessor, Perry McCarthy, who is rumoured to have been fired from the show after he publicly revealed his identity.

The BBC is arguing that the book “breaches agreed contractual and confidentiality obligations” but has been countereacted with the Stig’s claims from his legal team.

Clarkson offends on Top Gear

Jeremy Clarkson has angered another group of people after the latest episode of Top Gear by calling a Ferrari a “simpleton” and dubbing another a “430 Speciale…needs”. Clarkson has received criticism from the National Autistic Society to add to that he received earlier in the series from Muslim groups and cay campaigners.


BBC comedy Rev closes to 1.7m

The first season of new BBC comedy Rev closed to 1.7 million viewers on Monday night. The comedy, which stars Tom Hollander and Olivia Colman pulled an 8% audience share between 10pm and 10:30pm.


Conchords to share Simpsons ep with Glee

The Flight of the Conchords will have to share their Simpsons episode with Glee stars Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn) and Amber Riley (Mercedes) with news the actors will be appearing on the cartoon.

MasterChef heading to six more countries

The MasterChef franchise has expanded to a further six countries, proving the popularity of the original British series. The show will now be developed in Belgium, India, Iceland, Ukraine, The Netherlands and France, with versions already proving popular in the likes of Australia, New Zealand and America.

Ricky Gervais releases Simpsons cameo details

Ricky Gervais has released details of his upcoming cameo on The Simpsons. The comedian says he only has a small part on the episode, but says he managed to adlib a fair amount of his part as well as insult several people at the same time. The episode is believed to be airing in the US in February next year.


Clarkson comment offends…again

Another Jeremy Clarkson comment has sparked public criticism after last Sunday’s episode of Top Gear. The BBC has received complaints over a comment from Clarkson regarding Muslim women wearing burkas distracting him when he drives.


BBC Three renews How Not To Live Your Life

BBC Three has renewed sitcom How Not To Live Your Life for another season this autumn. The Dan Clark comedy series will return for a third season later this year after rating highly for its second run last year.

Inbetweeners actor gets new series

The Inbetweeners’ Simon Bird will front a new BBC Three entertainment series called The King is Dead this coming autumn. The actor will lead an interview panel which will feature three celebrities which is in charge of finding a replacement for a famous public figure each week.

BBC keen for more Sherlock

The BBC has announced it is keen to produce more episodes of Sherlock after the ratings figures for its debut episode showed the new drama was popular. After attracting 7.5m viewers last Sunday, the BBC has said it will look to extend the series’ of the show.

Celebrity MasterChef premiere draws 4.6m

The new season of Celebrity MasterChef premiered to an audience of 4.6m on Wednesday night. The BBC One show, which saw actor Neil Stuke and soap actress Alex Fletcher progress, drew a 22.3% audience share in the 8pm hour slot.

ITV doco for X Factor runner-up

Sony has reportedly signed off on a documentary featuring The X Factor runner-up Olly Murs for ITV2. As Murs’ record label, Sony is looking to publicise the rising talent in order for the singer to gain a stronger fan base.

Facebook creator goes yellow

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg will feature as himself on an upcoming episode of The Simpsons. The American will appear on the cartoon in an episode where he meets Lisa at an entrepreneurs’ convention and advisers her on how to run a bike company.

South Park critic arrested

The Islamic man who threatened the creators of South Park after they aired the controversial Mohammad bear episode, has been arrested. Zachary Chesser, who posted the death threat on radical Islamic website Revolution Muslim, was detained for providing material support for a Somali terrorist group with Al-Qaeda links.

Top Gear screening later

The August 1 episode of Top Gear will screen at the later time of 9.30pm due to the extended athletics coverage on BBC Two. The motoring show will take a backseat to the network’s coverage of the European Athletics Championships. 

Tom and Cameron

Knight and Day co-stars Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz will appear on BBC2’s Top Gear this Sunday as part of the ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’ segment where celebrities bid to get the fastest lap time.

Cruise and Diaz are sure to be used to better rides than a Kia cee’d but they’ll be hoping to topple Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint from the top spot who has the fastest lap so far.

Top Gear released a statement via their official website where they revealed their excitement for their A-Lister guests, “We’ve have never, ever had two bigger guests.  For the past week, the air in the office has been alive with a sort of sweaty-palmed excitement.”

Both Cruise and Diaz will be in town for Knight and Day’s premiere later today in London’s Leicester Square.

Top Gear is this Sunday on BBC2 at 8pm


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