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Top Gear – Here’s a look at the red carpet event that kicked off series 28

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London: The city of royalty, history and one South African who wishes he’d packed jeans for the trip! It’s a chilly night in England’s iconic capital, I’m wondering if wearing a single layer of clothing was enough for zero-degree weather and Leicester Square is currently buzzing with excitement. A new season of Top Gear is kicking off this Sunday on the BBC (And arriving March 05 on BBC Brit over on DSTV Channel 120 this side of the globe), and the show is looking to go bigger than ever.

After proving that the back to basics approach of series 27 was no fluke, series 28 is doubling down on that theme thanks to the chemistry of its three main stars: Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flinthoff. Two-thirds of the team were present for the premiere of the series 28’s first episode, which features Flinthoff taking on a challenge that would give James Bond a license to ill.

Sitting in a red Rover Metro, Flinthoff found himself suspended above a 500ft Swiss dam, ready to embark on the mother of all bungee jumps. It’s mental stuff, and just the tip of the iceberg for what Top Gear has planned in 2020. “You’re going to see a traditional, great British seaside holiday, which is a treat, trust me,” McGuinness said at the premiere event.

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You’re going to see Flinthoff being dropped off a 500ft dam, which is frightening, very very frightening. There’s something for everyone in the first one.

There’s an Ariel Atom as well, being skidded around the track, we’ve got everything,” Harris added.

From larking about in old cars, a really exciting new sports car and a fearless bloke doing something stupid.

As for all the South African fans? McGuinness and Harris had a shoutout for us…and some gloating to do:

And here’s a fancy gallery to have a gander at!

I’ve seen the first episode of Top Gear series 28 and honestly, I haven’t laughed that hard in ages. The team is on fire, the production quality is through the roof as always and the camaraderie between the trio feels fantastic. Top Gear is once again on the right track, and if the first episode id a solid indicator of what’s to come then I can’t wait to sit back and see what these petrolheads get up to in 2020.

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We’ll have more exclusive Top Gear content coming in February, so stay tuned for more!

Last Updated: January 24, 2020

20 Comments

  1. I’m actually looking forward to the next season. I enjoyed the last season far more than previous seasons!

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  2. Raptor Rants

    January 23, 2020 at 14:28

    More like stuck in 2nd gear… amirite? huh huh? no one?

    Ok.

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    • Yozzie

      January 23, 2020 at 14:28

      Isn’t that in the Friends intro song?

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      • Dresden

        January 23, 2020 at 14:28

        Only when it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month or even your year.

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  3. BradeLunner

    January 23, 2020 at 17:37

    Once you guys start reviewing cars, this can be my all in one site. Cars are going electric so they’re a bit like gadgets and tech anyway.

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    • Gavin Mannion

      January 23, 2020 at 17:43

      I’m renting an electric Golf next month (hopefully) for a week… our local mall has a special EV stall that is pushing them so going to give it a go… we’ve got a Tesla showroom as well, I want a Tesla

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      • BradeLunner

        January 23, 2020 at 18:02

        Yea it’s happened quicker than I expected, but electric cars are starting to make alot of sense, in big city living anyway. Maybe you can do a special once off article on the golf, because it really is a nice piece of kit. I really like the look of this one, reminds me of Eva from WallE https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3ebc9c0b3373df510d57b9253f357e2b642ed109e86ba8a21f38a918080f920d.png

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        • The D

          January 23, 2020 at 19:08

          Man, I can’t wait for the embargo to be up on the interviews I did this week. Asked Chris and Paddy about electric vehicles and a whole bunch of other stuff, and their attitude for the future was exciting to say the least.

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    • The D

      January 23, 2020 at 18:43

      Goes fast, still alive.
      10/10

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      • BradeLunner

        January 23, 2020 at 18:49

        ….that’s what she said!

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        • The D

          January 23, 2020 at 18:55

          Oooh, right in the spine.

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  4. D@rCF0g

    January 23, 2020 at 14:21

    I’m actually looking forward to the next season. I enjoyed the last season far more than previous seasons!

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    • The D

      January 23, 2020 at 14:28

      I proper laughed at this first episode! I’m not saying it because I’m a shill, but there’s a segment in it that had the whole cinema howling. And honestly, these guys have that chemistry that made OG Top Gear so popular. It’s just nice to see it back in action.

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 23, 2020 at 15:27

        Meh, it died with Clarkson. It’s like when they replaced Sheen with Kutcher, just not the same.

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        • Gavin Mannion

          January 23, 2020 at 17:43

          It’s actually pretty good again. I’m a big Clarkson and co fan and the first series without them was a disaster but these guys are not bad…

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      • BradeLunner

        January 23, 2020 at 18:08

        The Nepal special was genuinely good, I love the original trio but this felt way less tired than Grand tour recently I’m sad to say

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        • The D

          January 23, 2020 at 18:43

          I think you’ve hit the nail on the head here. You can’t discount what Clarkson, Hammond and May have done with Top Gear, but after 20 years it is time to move on.

          The new crew has an infectious energy, and I think it’s going to do wonders for Top Gear going on.

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          • BradeLunner

            January 23, 2020 at 18:55

            Even the music in that Nepal special was on song, a Nepalese version of Jumping jack flash?! Sweet! There aren’t any car shows I know of that are entertaining in the top gear sort of format, grand tour is only doing specials now and the other country variations of top gear were a bust

  5. Fox1

    January 24, 2020 at 15:21

    Flintoff is far more useful than Clarkson’s over the top sweeping statements. I’m not sorry to say but Harris & co. are packing wit and muscle that they put to good use and The Grand Tour lot should be feeling intimidated.

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