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Series 16

Top Gear Series 16 (2011)

Richard, Jeremy and James attempt to prove that they are wise men by driving three convertibles across the Middle East, before undermining themselves somewhat by landing a helicopter on top of a Skoda Yeti, robbing a bank in Albania and converting a combine harvester into a snow plough suitable for the roads of Britain. There’s plenty of action on the track as well as Hammond finally gets the chance to drive some of his supercar heroes from the 80s, and Top Gear Australia are in town to compete for a motoring version of the Ashes. John Bishop, Simon Pegg and Amber Heard are among the stars in the Reasonably Priced Car.


Wise Men in the Middle East

The presenters attempt to prove that they are indeed both wise and men by purchasing second hand convertibles on a budget of £3500. With James in a BMW Z3, Richard in a Fiat Barchetta and Jeremy in a Mazda MX-5, the trio are mildly concerned to discover that the cargo plane they were on has dropped them off in the middle of… Iraq. A route to Israel is hastily worked out, taking in Turkey, Syria, and Jordan along the way. Desert sneaking and chariot racing feature among the challenges, not to mention the acquisition of gold, frankincense and myrrh for the newborn baby.

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Episode 1

The one with the Yeti road test

Two lap records were smashed by the Atom V8 and a Liverpudlian comedian, and the rapid pace of a Stig’s evolution was laid bare to the outside world for the first time. We’re also fairly certain nobody has ever landed a helicopter on a Skoda on primetime television.

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Episode 2

The one with the motorsport Ashes

The boys go head-to-head against their opposite numbers from Australian Top Gear in a car-based version of The Ashes, JC tests the new Ferrari 599 GTO and Britain’s favourite German Boris Becker hits the TG track.

8 videos

Episode 3

The one with the big Albanian road trip

The boys hit Albania in the Rolls-Royce Ghost, Mercedes S65 AMG and a rather unusual Bentley Mulsanne, Jeremy tests three very hot hatchbacks on our track and Jonathan Ross takes the little Kia for a spin.

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Episode 4

The one with cheap second-hand convertibles

The boys examine the many pitfalls when buying a cheap second-hand convertible, Jeremy thrashes the lunatic Pagani Zonda R, and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost drive our little Kia.

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Episode 5

The one with the Snowbine Harvester

The boys set out to end the chaos and misery that snowfall brings to Britain every year, Jeremy thrashes the new Audi RS5 and latest BMW M3, and Hollywood actress Amber Heard drives the Reasonably Priced Car.

8 videos

Episode 6

The one with 80s supercar nirvana

Richard finally gets to drive his childhood supercar heroes, Jeremy races the new Jaguar XJ against the sun, James tests NASA’s latest space exploration vehicle, and former deputy prime minister John Prescott hits the track.

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