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Behind the scenes at this week’s show

  1. After the ‘first day back at school’ feeling at last week’s filming, we can confirm that the well-oiled Top Gear engine (the first engine to be fuelled by prawn cocktail flavored crisps and lots of lukewarm tea) is back up and running on all 21 cylinders.

    And episode two is a busy one. Jeremy drives the fastest Ferrari ever AND Cheshire’s BAC Mono, Hammond puts the world’s taxis through a stringent consumer test, and James gives the BBC’s Television Centre a Top Gear farewell. Not only that, Hollywood director Ron Howard is the first star to have a proper go in our new reasonably-priced car. He’s the man behind the upcoming F1 film Rush, so will he be quick?

    To find out you’ll have to tune into BBC Two or BBC HD at 8:00pm on Sunday…

  2. Final tweeks are being made to the Jeremy Clarkson edition of Whack-A-Mole.

  3. After Jimmy Carr’s tyre ‘malfunction’, the Vauxhall Astra Techline is ready for more celebrity punishment.

  4. Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind and Rush director Ron Howard is this week’s celebrity to lap our track.

  5. This isn’t a staring contest, they’re just checking out their reflections.

  6. Ease of accessibility. Not the BAC Mono’s strongest point.

  7. “This is the police, the police, put your hands in the air!”

  8. “I promise Richard, I parked this far away from your car”

  9. James is still practising for his imminent breath-holding world record. It’s going well.

  10. This is the Ferrari F12, the fastest Ferrari ever. You have permission to now pick your jaw up off the floor.

  11. Stig offers some useful advice. In Morse code.

  12. Ron’s the first person to lap the track since last week’s tea party. You’ll need to tune in on Sunday (BBC Two or BBC HD at 8:00pm) to see how he did…

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