Top Gear (UK) 18 Seasons 2010

Season 13
(52) IMDb 8.4/10

3. Episode 3 TV-NR CC

The credit crunch is confronted head on as the boys attempt to find three sensibly priced small cars that won't make you miserable, a process that involves haranguing bankers, harnessing large dogs, and almost getting arrested. Plus, James meets American stunt driving legend Ken Block, Jeremy tests the mildly insane Mercedes SL Black on the track, and Michael McIntyre is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

Starring:
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond
Runtime:
1 hour, 1 minute
Original air date:
February 8, 2010

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Season 13

Product Details

Genres TV Talk Shows, Comedy
Director Phil Churchward, Brian Klein, Nigel Simpkiss, Owen Trevor
Starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond
Supporting actors James May, Ben Collins, Michael McIntyre, Ken Block
Season year 2010
Network BBC America
Producers Alex Renton, Justine Sullivan, Oisin Tymon, Grant Wardrop, Gavin Whitehead, Andy Wilman
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By R. Morgan on August 4, 2010
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If you like cars, and have any sense of humor, this show is a must. I only wish more were available. The BBC is missing the boat by not offering more of this series to American audiences.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By eventfultw on November 15, 2010
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We discovered the BBC show Top Gear during a recent cruise to Europe on our cabin TV. There was no better way to pass the transatlantic seasick time than watching the fabulous banter of these 3 witty hosts. I was reminded of the simplistic joy of childhood pranks and the sheer excitement of a fast car. I loved their clips of a "celebrity in a well-priced car" stints and their realistic reviews of cars I can only dream of owning and driving some day. My husband, 12 year old daughter and I all quote the show regularly and can't wait to order other seasons on dvd, too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Lebryk TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 12, 2011
The show opens with Jeremy driving a BMW Z4. There are some odd things with dinosaurs on the track. He drives a Nissan 370Z - oh I mean he just slides it all over the track.

The big challenge is to purchase classic cars (pre-1982) for 3,000 pounds at a classic car auction. It's a fun insight into bulk car auctions. Richard buys the first car out, an old Taxi. Jeremy buys a convertible Midget (he keeps claiming it's an Austin Healy), and gets auction fever. James, captain slow, buys the very last car of the auction, a disgusting Citroen Ami 8 (I've ridden in one of these and they were disgusting back in the 70's). This half of the segment finishes up with them preparing the cars for a timed rally.

Star in a reasonably priced car is AC/DC Brian Johnson. This is one fun interview. He's a funny guy. The lap is really worth watching.

The remainder of the challenge is the last half of the show. The guys are paired up with co-drivers. The pairings are hilarious. The funny part, James is completely oblivious to his co-driver; it would be very difficult to not just stare. The rally is long with some funny moments. If nothing else, the rally is worth watching just to see James' co-driver.

Nov. 11, 2012 Update: This series of reviews was published when Amazon allowed each episode to be reviewed individually. They are now lumped into a single product listing. I have added the Episode Number to the title.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Lebryk TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 16, 2011
One of the funnier episodes. The last episode for season 13.

The show opens with Richard talking about all the boring businessman cars, bland and the same. So he chooses an Australian Vauxhall VXR-8 Bathurst supercharged car. It makes the wildest strangest noises ever. As Hammond says, this car goes to 11. He then backs it up with another Australian car, The Maloo R8, a sort of El Camino. But it is blindingly fast. The Stig drives both cars.

They break away to do the news. Lots of Ferrari news as usual.

The big segment is James and Jeremy making a commercial for Volkswagen. On a serious side, it's not too far off from the corporate world with how executives decide what will and will not see the light of day. This was a great challenge to leave out Hammond. May and Clarkson are such polar opposites, it makes for a very funny segment.

They go back to the car board - something that is gratefully removed in later seasons. In the end, this should just be called the Jeremy board; he puts the cars where ever he wants. There is an excellent joke with Hammond about his height. Be sure to watch through to the end of this segment.

The star in a reasonably priced car, this week is Jay Leno. Now I kind of dislike Jay Leno, but he is excellent on this show. The interview is outstanding. Jay has 150 cars, and Jeremy is mostly speechless.

The closing segment is of Jeremy driving an Aston Martin Vantage with a V12 all over beautiful hilly countryside. There's ethereal music that makes me think of having a massage. Probably one of the most beautiful segments they have ever aired.

Oddly, there's no awards part of the show this year.

Nov. 11, 2012 Update: This series of reviews was published when Amazon allowed each episode to be reviewed individually. They are now lumped into a single product listing. I have added the Episode Number to the title.
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The show opens with a great driving demonstration of the new Ford Focus RS - a tricked out car. Jeremy manages to scare himself in the car. Richard drives a Renault Ménage sport, an almost one off car that set a record for front wheel drive car around the Nürburgring. Jeremy manages to poke a lot of fun at the car that has no back seat, a roll cage, and thin plastic rear windows. The conclusion, the Audi R8 might have been in sight before the economic crisis, but the Focus and Ménage are surprisingly fast and fun for a lot less money. The Stig drives them both around the test track.

They take a break to do the news.

One of the best challenges ever is between a Porsche Panamera and a letter. They start at the southern most tip of England and finish at the northern most point. Two ferries are involved for the car, and they depart the moment mail is picked up from the mail box. The trip is long and fun. There are a lot of good James jokes.

The star in the reasonably priced car. Usain Bolt is the star tonight. His interview is decent, sort of the mark of somebody that had nothing and then all of a sudden is rich beyond his imagination after winning the Olympic gold medal. The lap is hilarious.

Not a bad moment, there is a race between the British army and Jeremy in a Subaru rally car. They fake that Jeremy is actually anywhere near a car that is being fired on with live ammunition. But it is good to think he might have actually been shot in this event. The show finishes with complete destruction of the car.

Nov. 11, 2012 Update: This series of reviews was published when Amazon allowed each episode to be reviewed individually. They are now lumped into a single product listing. I have added the Episode Number to the title.
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