List of Top Gear broadcasters and video releases

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This is a list of Top Gear broadcasters and video releases.

Broadcasters[edit]

Arab world[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast, with Arab Language, by MBC Action & BBC Arabic

Argentina[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast, with Spanish subtitles, by BBC Entertainment

Australia[edit]

As well as the condensed BBC World edition being available on pay television, Australian free-to-air broadcaster SBS commenced the airing of the abridged BBC Two edition (without references to the Top Gear survey and the phone-in competitions) on 12 December 2005, starting with the 2004 series.[1] SBS started broadcasting the 2005 series in July 2006. The series returned January 2007, alternating with MythBusters in the 7.30pm timeslot on Mondays. In January 2008, Top Gear returned with the "Polar Special".

From early 2007, SBS hinted that a future episode of Top Gear will be filmed in Australia. A competition asked viewers "Which car should Top Gear review in Australia and in which iconic location?"[2]

In November 2007 SBS announced that they will be creating a completely Australian version of Top Gear. The series is produced by Freehand Productions, BBC Worldwide's Australasian partner and first aired in late September 2008. It is presented by Charlie Cox (season 1 only), James Morrison (from season 2), Warren Brown and Steve Pizzati.[3] Casting was the subject of a two-month competition where the network regularly ran a spot to promote the show asking viewers to send in audition tapes. Some of these auditions have found their way on to YouTube.

Australia is the first country in the world to secure the rights to make a local version of Top Gear.

Quote "The Australian version will feature local hosts, and won't simply replicate the UK series. SBS plans to make a program that is uniquely and quintessentially Australian." Matt Campbell said.

From February 2008, SBS began broadcasting 'Vintage Top Gear' with episodes from Seasons 1 and 2 which had not previously been broadcast in Australia.

The Nine Network won the rights over SBS to broadcast Top Gear from 2010, including the rights to seasons 2-13 and aired its debut on 16 February.[4][5] Nine's parent company, PBL Media, publishes the Australian edition of Top Gear magazine and is a partner in the Top Gear Live outdoor event.

Belgium[edit]

On 2 June 2008 Canvas aired a 50-minute version the Africa special. They continue to air season 10 after this initial episode.

Bulgaria[edit]

On 24 February 2008 bTV aired a 30- minute version of the Winter Olympic Special, being the first channel to officially show the programme in the country. The timeslot allocated is 16:30 EET on Sunday. It was announced that for Grand Prix weekends the show will be moved to 14:30 EET.

Canada[edit]

A 30 minute version was also aired in Canada on BBC Canada and Discovery Channel Canada. In late 2005, BBC Canada began airing a one-hour version of the show. Though longer, this version was still somewhat modified in order to fit ten minutes of commercials into the timeslot.

Chile[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast, with Spanish subtitles, by BBC Entertainment

China[edit]

Top Gear China was announced on May 26, 2014[6] and is currently in development. Top Gear UK is shown on Shanghai Dragon TV and iQiyi

Colombia[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast, with Spanish subtitles, by BBC Entertainment

Costa Rica[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast, with Spanish subtitles, by BBC Entertainment

Croatia[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast, with Croatian subtitles, by the second channel of Croatian Radiotelevision.

Czech Republic[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast on Prima Cool

Denmark[edit]

In Denmark, Top Gear is broadcast in the American Discovery Channel format, on Viasat TV3+ with some commercials, BBC Entertainment and BBC Knowledge with Danish subtitles.

Dominican Republic[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast, with Spanish subtitles, by BBC Entertainment

Ecuador[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast, with Spanish subtitles, by BBC Entertainment

Egypt[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast, with Arabic subtitles same time as it aires in the UK on OSN First HD and later on MBC Action

Estonia[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast, with Estonian subtitles, by TV3 and TV6 (Started from season 1).

Finland[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast, with Finnish subtitles, once weekly (starting from season 8) by MTV3 in a slightly edited version (news etc. removed) and twice a week on the pay-to-view channel MTV3 MAX at its original length.

France[edit]

Discovery Channel France broadcasts the latest episodes of the show. On 12 December 2012, "Top Gear" is broadcast on NextRadioTV's free-to-air channel, RMC Découverte. The audio is dubbed in French.

A French version of Top Gear is scheduled in early 2015 and will be broadcast on RMC Découverte. Bruce Jouanny, Yann Larret-Menezo and Philippe Lellouche will host the show.

Germany[edit]

"Top Gear" is broadcast on Kabel 1, DMAX and Motorvision TV. Only Motorvision TV shows TopGear in its original format with subtitles. The audio is dubbed to German on Kabel 1 and DMAX.

Greece[edit]

Recent episodes of Top Gear were available on Skai TV (ΣΚΑΪ) once a week. Originally the show was dubbed in Greek, but at some later point they switched it to the original audio, subtitled in Greek. The broadcasting is in 16:9 format.

Guatemala[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast, with Spanish subtitles, by BBC Entertainment

Hong Kong[edit]

Top Gear was aired in Hong Kong on TVB Pearl and BBC Knowledge.

Hungary[edit]

In Hungary, Top Gear is broadcast on TV6 (Viasat 6) from Monday to Thursday at 10:00 PM in Saturday 13:00-15:00 PM and in Sunday 12:00-14:00 .

Iceland[edit]

In Iceland, Top Gear is broadcast on SkjárEinn.

India[edit]

BBC Entertainment aired the show in India. BBC Entertainment has now been withdrawn from Indian markets. AXN (India) is currently the broadcasters in India.

Indonesia[edit]

in Indonesia,Top Gear is broadcast on BBC Knowledge with Indonesian subtitles, aired daily at 14.30 PM and 15.25 PM. In 2014, there's been a lot of rumor about Indosiar creating a new show called "Top Gear Indonesia" which will be airing soon but it's still not verified by BBC Worldwide. Top Gear formerly aired on B-Channel (now Rajawali Televisi) in 2007-2011.

Iran[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast, with Persian Dubbing, by BBC Persian

Ireland[edit]

In 2008 RTÉ began to broadcast Top Gear in Ireland on RTÉ Two. Previous to this Irish viewers could only see Top Gear on British broadcasters such as the BBC and Dave (formerly UKTV G2) with the majority of viewers in Ireland receiving these stations via satellite and cable. However, the show is edited to 45 minutes, with the news being commonly cut. RTÉ also are 3 episodes behind the BBC.[citation needed]

Israel[edit]

"EGO" channel (available both on HOT and Yes) broadcasts Top Gear starting from the fifth season. EGO airs its own-edited 45 minutes long version of the show. Top Gear episodes shown in Israel are on average 6 months behind those aired in the UK. Lately, EGO started to air some earlier episodes, dubbed "Top Gear Classic".

Italy[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast in Italy by Discovery Channel through the SKY Italia platform, and by DMAX through DTT free. The audio is dubbed in Italian.

Japan[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast in Japan on BS Fuji, with Japanese subtitles.

Latvia[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast in Latvia on TV6.

Lithuania[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast in Lithuania on TV 6. Top Gear in LithuaniaFacebook

Malaysia[edit]

"Top Gear" is aired on NTV7 and BBC Knowledge.

Mexico[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast, with Spanish subtitles, by BBC Entertainment

Netherlands[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast in the Netherlands on Veronica. In older episodes, the news is edited out. As Veronica is a few months behind on the BBC, many Dutch viewers prefer to watch the show on BBC Two, which is generally available in the Netherlands via cable. Other viewers choose to watch Canvas (Belgium), because it is also subtitled in Dutch, but has no commercial breaks.

New Zealand[edit]

Since 2003 Prime TV has been showing hour-long episodes every Sunday evening. It is one of Prime's most popular shows and has a large following among both New Zealand men and women, in spite of it having a "blokish" feel about it. From February 2015 Top Gear will be shown on TV3.

Norway[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast in the original format on NRK2, NRK3, MAX, BBC Entertainment and BBC Knowledge with Norwegian subtitles.

Panama[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast, with Spanish subtitles, by BBC Entertainment

Peru[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast, with Spanish subtitles, by BBC Entertainment

Philippines[edit]

Top Gear was broadcast on Studio 23 in 2006, but they discontinued. in October 30, 2012, Solar News Channel started broadcasting with series 6, in cut form to save time for commercials, and will coming Top Gear Philippines on ABS-CBN starts August 2014 coming.

Poland[edit]

Top Gear was broadcast in Poland on TVN Turbo. All the episodes were shown in their cut UKTV format. Episodes aired about 2–3 weeks after they first air on BBC Two. After the 9th season the program has disappeared from TVN Turbo and it returned in October 2012 with season 18. Also, the show in shown every Monday on TVN, public Polish station. It is now also aired on BBC Knowledge.

Portugal[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast on Discovery Channel Iberia (since July 2009).

Romania[edit]

The show is presented in Romania on Antena 3, but Discovery Channel acquired rights. It airs the 30 minutes show, but it is extended to almost an hour by inserting lots of commercials in it. The show runs with a delay of 1 season, and when they run out of episodes, they start over, or run randomly selected episodes.

Russia[edit]

The series was broadcast by NTV weekly from 2003 to 2007. Each episode was 30 minutes long including 5-minute commercial breaks, so that the original episodes – already split into two halves – were further cut to fit their time slot. To achieve this, most showings left out the Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car segment. Broadcasts of the show were cancelled owing to low ratings and replaced from 2008 by Quattroruote.

Serbia[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast on the cable TV channel Ultra every day except weekdays at 11:05 PM (repeats are aired around 02:45 AM) and B92 television every Saturday at 08:00 PM.

Singapore[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast on BBC Knowledge on StarHub TV Channel 407.

Slovenia[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast on Kanal A. The versions are edited to make room for commercials.

South Africa[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast on BBC Entertainment in South Africa through the DStv platform on channel 120. Rebroadcasts are shown on BBC Knowledge as well as on BBC Entertainment. Series 18 has recently concluded in South Africa.

South Korea[edit]

Earlier series of Top Gear is being broadcast by XTM, the channel where the Korean spinoff of the show has been produced.

Spain[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast on Discovery Channel, Cuatro and Energy.

Sweden[edit]

In Sweden, Top Gear is broadcast on Kanal 9, BBC Knowledge And BBC Entertainment with Swedish subtitles.

Switzerland[edit]

Top Gear is being broadcast by Schweizer Fernsehen in the early evening program. One audio channel is dubbed German, the second one original audio. The episodes are edited slightly by removing extensive applause.

Taiwan[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast in the Taiwan on BBC Knowledge with traditional chinese subtitle.

Thailand[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast in Thailand on BBC Knowledge with Thai subtitle.

The Middle East[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast in the Middle East and Northern Africa on MBC Action. And on OSN First HD subtitled in Arabic and on BBC Persia dubbed in Persian.

United Kingdom[edit]

Top Gear is first broadcast on BBC Two Sunday nights and repeated on the following Wednesday evening and again the following Saturday on BBC Three. Further repeats (of a cut version to make time for adverts) are shown on Dave. None of the segments in the show have been edited out, but smaller moments, such as applause, some news items and occasionally A star in a reasonably-priced car, have been trimmed to make room for advertising. The first series (featuring Jason Dawe instead of James May) is not repeated on Dave.

Top Gear is shown on BBC World, albeit in a cut form - with episodes being approx 50 to 55 minutes in length. The Star in the Reasonably Priced Car and the news segments are cut from the BBC World version.

United States of America[edit]

In the summer of 2005, Top Gear was shown in North America on the Discovery Channel. The American format was different from the British format, with the news and talk show segments removed entirely. Furthermore, the American versions mixed segments from different episodes from the British version. The studio segments were specially recorded for the North American viewers, even though the same set and hosts were used as the British version. These changes were made not only to target the North American audience, but to accommodate for a shorter run time (approximately 43 minutes for the American version versus 60 minutes for the British version).

Currently the North American version is no longer being produced for the Discovery Channel. However, according to fan website FinalGear.com,[7] and citing the latest issue of Top Gear magazine, the American version pilot reportedly has made a few changes from the original British show. As noted on the site:

That’s why earlier this year a brand new TG USA production team assembled deep in the Mojave desert to create a pilot show for their version of Britain’s favourite almost-BAFTA-winning car programme. And, like their idea of what constitutes a decent cup of coffee, the American take on Top Gear wasn’t entirely the same as ours. Instead of a shabby hangar and a track built around airfield taxiways, they got a pit garage and a proper circuit. Instead of filling the studio with 200 grunting Subaru drivers, they did without an audience. And instead of The Tall One, The Short One and The Other One, they hired three rather different American presenters. Bruno, a professional drag racer with casual tales of crashing at 230 mph. John, the super keen jock, blessed with quaint ’sir and ma’am’ good manners that only Americans can do. And, Johnny, a former reality show winner with a nice line in weird humor.

But some aspects of the show may remain:

Fortunately some reference points remained, including Star In A Reasonably Priced Car. But, to set the power laps, there could be no substitute - the Stig was flown to the US and stunned everyone with his blistering pace as he hammered the CLS55, Charger, and Mustang round the circuit.

As of December 2005, Discovery Channel has not announced it plans to pick up the Americanized version of Top Gear. Recent postings on the Discovery Channel message boards from a person identified as Kristen, Program Development Discovery Channel expressed the belief that Top Gear might come back to Discovery:

I passed your comments on internally. We'll weigh them as we make a final decision. Thanks for taking the time to post![8]
And Top Gear fans, we're definitely hearing ya![9]

For Canadian viewers, BBC Canada has announced that they will soon start broadcasting the original, uncut episodes of the show originally shown on BBC Two in the UK.[citation needed] Also, the Science Channel has started broadcasting the American episodes of Top Gear. In addition, the BBC recently confirmed that the American Top Gear would be produced, promising that the original presenters of the British show would be hosting.

On 10 August 2007, BBC America announced that they would air episodes of Top Gear starting in autumn 2007. These versions are edited by up to 10 minutes to make room for commercials. As of 2012, BBC America airs First Run episodes and specials of Top Gear in their entirely before editing for repeats.

Venezuela[edit]

Top Gear is broadcast, with Spanish subtitles, by BBC Entertainment

Blu-ray, DVD and VHS releases[edit]

See Top Gear DVDs

References[edit]

  1. ^ Top Gear." SBS Television. Retrieved 28 December 2005
  2. ^ "SBS - Top Gear - Competition Entries". Retrieved 20 February 2007. 
  3. ^ BBC - Press Office - Australian Top Gear presenters revealed
  4. ^ BBC Top Gear Australia, Season 14 launch date.
  5. ^ Quinn, Karl (23 October 2009). "Top Gear ready to park itself at Nine". Melbourne: The Age. 
  6. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/worldwide/2014/top-gear-china
  7. ^ Top Gear USA." FinalGear.com 22 December 2005. Retrieved 18 February 2005
  8. ^ TOP GEAR Discovery Channel Message Boards. Retrieved 17 March 2006.
  9. ^ Tell us what you would like to see Discovery do Discovery Channel Message Boards. Retrieved 17 March 2006.