Top Gear (series 27)
|Top Gear (series 27)|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||5|
|Original network||BBC Two|
|Original release||16 June –|
14 July 2019
The twenty-seventh series of Top Gear began airing on 16 June 2019 on BBC Two and BBC Two HD. Chris Harris was joined by new hosts Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff to present this series, with Sabine Schmitz making an appearance as a co-presenter.
On 22 October 2018, it was confirmed that Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness would join a returning Chris Harris in the forthcoming series, replacing both LeBlanc and Rory Reid; with Sabine Schmitz continued her recurring presenting role.
|Reviews||Features/challenges||Guest(s)||Original air date||UK viewers|
|203||1||Ferrari 488 Pista • McLaren 600LT||Ethiopian adventure in presenters first cars (Mini • Porsche Boxster • Ford Escort Mk2)||None||16 June 2019||4.81|
Harris and new hosts Flintoff and McGuinness head to Ethiopia to see who had the best first car for less than £4000. McGuinness buys a Ford Escort Mk2, Harris purchases a Mini while Flintoff reveals his first car was a Porsche Boxster. They head from Gondar right to the heart of the Danakil Desert with a number of challenges being set along the way. Elsewhere, at the track, Harris compares two hardcore lightweight supercars, the Ferrari 488 Pista and the McLaren 600LT.Note: First appearances of Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness.
|204||2||Tesla Model 3||Building budget battery powered sports cars (Triumph Spitfire • Subaru Brat • Nissan Leaf)||Danny Boyle • Himesh Patel||23 June 2019||4.64|
|The presenters attempt to build budget powered electric sports cars. Harris fits a Triumph Spitfire with BMW i3 batteries producing 260bhp, Flintoff uses a Subaru Brat fitted with a 500bhp Tesla Motor while McGuinness buys a Nissan Leaf with an over the top exterior. They put them to the test in a series of challenges to see which creation is best. Meanwhile, Harris reviews the new Tesla Model 3 at the track, comparing it to its rivals, while Danny Boyle and Himesh Patel are the guests, competing in a speed gun test in a Fiat Punto, before competing to see who is faster in the GT86.|
|205||3||Dallara Stradale||Turning a Daimler Hearse into the ultimate family car||Damon Hill • Zara Tindall • Mike Tindall||30 June 2019||4.44|
|McGuinness claims that a used Daimler Hearse is the ultimate car, through a series of tests before it's modified by Flintoff and Harris and put through more harsh testing involving a family of Stigs and Sabine Schmitz. Elsewhere, at the track, Harris tests the Dallara Stradale while Zara and Mike Tindall compete in a width restriction test in an old Jaguar XJ before seeing who is faster in the Reasonably Fast Car.|
|206||4||Rolls-Royce Cullinan||Rare cheap cars across Borneo (Austin Allegro • Matra Bagheera)||Bob Mortimer||7 July 2019||4.63|
|Flintoff and McGuinness head to Borneo to see if there are any cheap but rare cars on the market. McGuinness purchases a Matra Bagheera while Flintoff buys an Austin Allegro. They drive through the rainforest in an attempt to prove their cars useful to the Sultan of Brunei. Meanwhile, Harris reviews the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan, while comedian Bob Mortimer competes in a width restriction test in an old Jaguar XJ against McGuinness before having a go in the GT86.|
|207||5||Toyota Supra||Iceland's Formula Offroad • Tribute to the Lotus 79||Will Young • Peter Wright • Mario Andretti • Clive Chapman||14 July 2019||3.77|
|Harris pays tribute to the Lotus 79 before assisting McGuinness to review the latest Toyota Supra. Elsewhere, Flintoff and Harris compete in Iceland's Formula Offroad racing while the latter gives advice on new cars to buy. Meanwhile, Will Young competes against McGuinness and Flintoff in a speed gun test in a Fiat Punto, before setting a lap in the Reasonably Fast Car.|
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