After having heard that this year’s Christmas Top Gear will be an India special, I wondered whether Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May could better 2010’s Top Gear Three Wise Men special or 2009’s Bolivia special or even 2008’s Vietnam special. And I think they did.
The humourous 90 minute long episode pulled in 5 million viewers on Wednesday 28th December 2011, and was based around one mission – to help save Britain’s economy by setting off on a trade mission to India. Equipped with three British cars and a range of unique British products, they paraded across one of the world’s most fascinating countries, India, the second highest populated country in the world with 1.2 billion people (UN, 2010).
They cast made interesting choices of cars – Jeremy chose a Jaguar XJS 4.0-litre, James a Rolls Royce and Richard chose a classic Mini Cooper. They set off on a journey that crossed India and included several mini adventures such as an 18 hour train journey, creating banners to promote British businesses and a hill rally with locals. One of the highlights of the India special episode was when Clarkson, Hammond and May ended their journey driving through the breathtaking and picturesque Himalayas to reach the end of India. This looked particularly spectacular in high-definition.
India moved into the fast lane and world media spotlight when it recently hosted its first New Delhi Formula 1 Grand Prix and perhaps with programmes like Top Gear and the next James Bond movie being shot in India, we will see more of India’s beauty and charm on our screens in the near future.
Watch the trailer here. Where do you suggest they shoot the 2012 Christmas special?