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Top Gear
"Risk Assessment"
90s
22 February 2017
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This amusing trail for the latest series of Top Gear sees presenters Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid face a grilling in the BBC insurance department.

A humourless pen-pusher (heís stingy with biscuits, as well) has some concerns about the programmeís impending return. Itís safe to say these three arenít the ones to ease them.

The presenters tip-toe around the showís high-octane antics. A question regarding LeBlancís driving record prompts a sneak peek at the actorís James Bond audition tape, while his cohorts are just as evasive about their driving.

We see crashes, corners, and, erm, cracks as the BBC suit continues his audit. Just when it looks like the trio have got away with it, The Stig shows health and safety remains an afterthought.

After last yearís troubled relaunch, this film suggests the show is focusing on its strengths - namely the chemistry between LeBlanc, Harris, and Reid. While many fans will have pledged allegiance to Amazon Primeís The Grand Tour, the Beeb seem confident thereís still plenty of fuel in the Top Gear tank.

Finish
"Combinations"

Matt said:

Hard to believe they were here a few years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItCcR6BD0uo


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Top Gear
"Risk Assessment"
90s
22 Feb 2017
This amusing trail for the latest series of Top Gear sees presenters Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid face a grilling in the BBC insurance department. The humourless pen-pusher (heís stingy with biscuits, as well) has some concerns about the programmeís impending return. Itís safe to say these three arenít the ones to ease them.

Top Gear
"Car Shopping"
20s
18 May 2016
Judging by the unfavourable like to dislike ratio attached to this teaser trailer on YouTube, it's fair to say the revamped Top Gear's upcoming series has a job on its hands in winning over naysayers. Luckily, hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc are hard at work in the production office... well, sort of. After what seems to have been an endless hype trail, episode one - for better or worse - can't come soon enough.

Top Gear
"Desert Drive"
20s
27 Jan 2014
The trail starts off with epic landscapes and majestic weather - deserts, lightning bolts and more - with the hint of a shiny exhaust. Where is this going? Is this some breathtaking adventure we're about to embark on? No - the screen momentarily switches to black, and then blips back into life - with Jeremy Clarkson driving ecstatically along a normal road.

Top Gear
"Wardrobe Department"
40s
25 Jan 2013
This amusing trail for a new series of Top Gear purports to show us the wardrobe department for the long-running motoring programme. The damage and dirt on the clothes work by Clarkson, May and Hammond give us a glimpse of what's to come while the woman who looks after The Stig has an easy ride.

Top Gear
"Launch Trail 1"
30s
29 Jun 2009
This is a lovely idea. Children have been cast to represent the three presenters of Top Gear when they were much younger. The script reflects their onscreen personalities which, thanks to some decent juvenile performances, creates good inter-play.

Top Gear
"Launch Trail 2"
30s
29 Jun 2009
Another helping of this amusing series of trails featuring children as the presenters of Top Gear when they were younger. Of course, Clarkson is ten years older than Hammond and the trail doesn't reflect this but only a pedant would allow that to reduce his enjoyment.

Top Gear
"Telly Advert Meeting"
40s
22 Jun 2008
The four Top Gear regulars are sat in a portacabin trying to decide what the trail for the new series should contain. Jeremy Clarkson sends up his image as a testosterone-fuelled idiot by behaving like a testosterone fuelled idiot while James May tries to temper Richard Hammond's outlandish ideas. Droll.

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