Top Gear is the UK's premier motoring show. Consistently BBC TWO's most-watched program, it attracts audiences of nearly four million each week. It could be said to be ultimate boys' club, but also one that through its tone and style is accessible to everyone - 40% of viewers are female. Irreverent, witty and unbiasedly honest, the Top Gear team, led by Jeremy Clarkson, take cars to the limit and beyond to find out if they're any good or not.
Full of stunts, challenges and special features, Top Gear is self-deprecating, inclusive and passionate - there no boring stats and impenetrable conversations about camshafts and tire pressures. Instead you get authoritative information, entertainment and style.
If you thought Top Gear would calm down a bit and the presenters would start to act their age, well you're wrong. Season 10 is one of the most ambitious, featuring some challenges that only the very brave or the very stupid would dare to undertake.
For example, who in their right mind would attempt to drive through the Kalahari Desert in three 20 year old bangers? Or try to cross the treacherous English Channel in a fleet of amphibious cars that are less seaworthy than the average church? You guessed it: Top Gear's three intrepid presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.
Of course Top Gear is much more than just three grown men who should know better larking about. There will be some serious car journalism in there too, with exhaustive road tests of the latest models; looks back at the history of motoring; man versus machine experiments and weekly power tests featuring the worlds most exotic super cars.
And, of course all the tried and tested Top Gear favorites will make a welcome return including the news; the cool wall and The Stig who'll be putting the rich and famous through their paces in the regular Star in the Reasonably Priced Car feature.
The British program Top Gear
first launched in the late '70s, and ran in its original format through the turn of the century. The show was canceled for a bit, then re-launched in 2002 with a format change, but with Jeremy Clarkson returning as the show's primary host. Its popularity has spread to this side of the world, as the episodes are shown on both BBC America and BBC Canada. Now BBC Video and distributor Warner Home Video have announced that Top Gear - The Complete Season 10
will be released on DVD here, starting from April 21st
This 3-disc set will include all 10 episodes, including the "African Special" 4th episode ("Botswana"). Bonus interviews are included as extras. Video is widescreen, audio is English - Stereo. Cost is $39.98 SRP for 500 minutes. Package art can be seen below.
In 2005, Clarkson made a direct-to-video feature called "Clarkson: Heaven and Hell
," described as "a critical review of the best and worst cars in the automotive world." BBC/Warner will make a special bundle available that contains both Top Gear - The Complete Season 10
and Clarkson: Heaven and Hell
shrunk-wrapped together. There will naturally be a higher cost for that 2-pack bundle, but pricing for it isn't available so far.