If Benedict Cumberbatch goes on Top Gear I will explode like a Christmas popper.
It’s not long until Top Gear is back on your telly with the usual mix of arguments, idiocy and great clouds of tyre smoke. For the new series, however, there will be one slight but significant change: a brand new Reasonably Priced Car.
Over the course of three years and five series the old Kia Cee-apostrophe-Dee has been a faithful and reliable friend. What a life it’s had too, welcoming a glittering cavalcade of celebrity bottoms into its specially fitted race seat, from rock gods like Mick Fleetwood, Alice Cooper, and Slash to A-list heartthrobs like Tom Cruise, Ryan Reynolds and John Prescott. But the Cee’d we use is now an obsolete car and, more importantly, the physical celeb lap board we use in the studio is almost full up. It was either change the car or commission a new, slightly taller board. And that would be ridiculous. So, sorry Cee’d, it’s time to say goodbye.
The problem is, what to replace it with? We’re sometimes asked why Top Gear doesn’t spice things up by putting the star guests in something really fast like, say, a Lamborghini Aventador. Well, first of all the Lambo may be excellent but it’s not exactly reasonably priced. Nor is it very easy to get hold of one every week so that a mid-ranking celebrity can come along and attempt to scrub all the writing off its sidewalls. Besides, a car of that power and performance would scare the living snot out of a less confident driver and bring the prospect of a large and extremely messy accident for the more balls-out contender. Either way, we’d be looking at legal proceedings. No, the Reasonably Priced Car has to be something of adequate performance but no more.
We’ll find out what the all-new Reasonably Priced Car is going to be on July 8 but in the meantime… what car would you suggest?
Scottish singer-songwriter Amy MacDonald has owned three different Audi R8s, a Ferrari 458, and a Bentley Continental GT.
She also got behind the wheel as the ‘Star in the Reasonably Priced Car’ in last night’s episode of Top Gear.
Legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac’s drummer MICK FLEETWOOD is getting behind the wheel as the ‘Star in the Reasonably Priced Car’ in an all new episode of TOP GEAR *** premiering MON FEB 11 at 9/8c *** only on BBC AMERICA.
But before he slides in and floors the pedal, he’s spilling some juicy band secrets about the making of classic album ‘Rumors’ (one of Jezza’s “absolute, all-time favorite albums!”) and all the years of conflict & drama among the group. “Are you starting to feel even vaguely sorry for me?”
PLUS, get a first listen at the songs JEREMY, RICHARD & JAMES would write - for each other! - as the TOP GEAR band…
This is a 16 second reminder that you should watch the BBC America premiere of Top Gear, Monday Feb 4 at 9/8c. You can either read the entirety of this text — which will take you roughly 16 seconds — or you can watch Homeland’s Damian Lewis — this season’s first Star In A Reasonably Priced Car — say the same thing to you in the video above.
If we were you we’d opt for the video if only because it has more exciting edits than this text. The most exciting thing we can do here, perhaps, is leave off the end of this
via the Top Gear Transmission Blog:
Damian Lewis might have thought winning a Golden Globe for his role as Sergeant Nick Brody was the highlight of his career. But he’s wrong.
Because here, today, especially for you TopGear.commers, we can confirm that the star of epic TV series Homeland will be the very first guest on the brand new series of Top Gear as our Star in a Reasonably Priced Car!
We’ll report back soon with the BBC America premiere date of Top Gear UK.
(Also, did we mention that Top Gear Season 18 is on sale on iTunes this week? Either way, we thought you should know.)
Ryan Renyolds from this past Monday’s interview as the Star in the Reasonably Priced Car.
Next Monday’s guest: Michael Fassbender.
From Monday night’s episode of Top Gear.