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Starts tonight on BBC2 with the regurgitation of the same repetitive stunts, 'jokes' and challenges of the last 20 series  :grin:



The new season will have the presenters drive across vast distances in old trucks, break through walls in a tank while wearing a fake moustache and also praise the pants off of McLaren’s new P1 hypercar.

Naturally, at some point, one of the presenters will be dangling above water with the other two laughing it off on the shore... James May will also be deforming his face via a Caterham Seven, following in the footsteps of Jeremy’s own wind-induced facial reconfiguration in the Ariel Atom.

However, this latest trailer makes no mention of the small hatchback trip that the trio of presenters took through Ukraine, presumably en route to Sochi for the Winter Olympics.

The first episode, the one that airs tonight will have “The team attempt to prove that the hot hatchbacks of their youth were better than their modern equivalents by buying a 'classic' example of the breed each and then undertaking a series of challenges,” while the guest invited into the studio is actor Hugh Bonneville.

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Yep, agreed, good entertainment. Bring on the P1 next week.


It is probably difficult to convey the speed of something like a P1. The only term of reference I have is the guy I know who helped develop the handling for it at McLaren. He said getting out of the P1 into the MC12-4C made the MC12 seem slow ... and isn't it about the quickest thing most journos have driven?!

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Well that was a good laugh, and some proper 80s music for once. 


Nice of them to pop a short break in the middle to catch up with twitter, too, with that Downton Abbey segment. 


Did you write The Telegraph review :D


Hugh Bonneville, aka Lord Grantham of Downton Abbey, made a noble attempt to bring some sophistication to the show in the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car slot. But he ended up as a mere breathing space before the wanton destruction could pick up again in the show’s spectacular final section – an extended car chase (what else?) on a disused army base in which the three clapped out older models attempted (in their hatchbacks) to escape pursuit by a dizzying array of highly destructive vehicles – from tanks to remote-controlled drones – and generally ending up at the centre of a massive fireball.


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Next week on TG: 


The series continues with a jam-packed show featuring Italian sports cars, military manoeuvres and a trip to Belgium. Richard Hammond is on the shores of Lake Como testing the exciting new Alfa Romeo 4C, a mid-engined machine from one of the world's most beloved sports car makers. Hammond's enjoyment of the super-lightweight, 237 horsepower beauty is brought to an abrupt halt by the arrival of Jeremy Clarkson on a quad bike, demanding a race to the far end of the vast lake. Unfortunately for Hammond, Clarkson's quad bike is not entirely as it first seems.


Elsewhere in the programme, Clarkson is in the genteel surroundings of Bruge and at the rather less sedate Spa Grand Prix track in order to test a thrilling new breed of hybrid hypercar: the stunning, 904 horsepower McLaren P1. Meanwhile, James May is at the vast Camp Bastion in Afghanistan looking at the incredible efforts behind the army's largest vehicle redeployment since the Second World War. Finally, actor Tom Hiddleston, star of Thor, The Avengers and War Horse, tries his hand out on the track as the Star in the Reasonably Priced Car.


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