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[06/13/08 - 02:34 PM]
Classic Cars and Timeless Episodes in the U.S. Premiere of Top Gear's Sixth Season
The network had previously aired only seasons 8-10.

[via press release from BBC America]

CLASSIC CARS AND TIMELESS EPISODES IN THE U.S. PREMIERE OF TOP GEAR'S SIXTH SEASON

Fans of BBC AMERICA'S International Emmy-winning car show, Top Gear, can catch up on the earlier antics of the intrepid trio - hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May - and the mysterious 'The Stig - with the U.S. premiere of Season Six. The team pit a Range Rover against a tank, race from London to Norway, try to outrun Irish Army snipers in convertibles and count down the greatest driving songs of all time.

Top Gear, season six premieres Monday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Top Gear takes extraordinary and ordinary cars to the limit and beyond to find out if they're as good as their manufacturers claim. Full of extreme stunts, challenges and weekly features, Top Gear is exciting, inclusive and passionate � there are no boring stats and impenetrable conversations about camshafts and tire pressures. But it is the sharp wit of Jeremy, Richard, and James that make it more than just a motor show.

Straight out of BBC AMERICA's Top Gear vault, this season the guys return to the '60s to define 'cool' with the Aston Martin DB5 and Jaguar E-Type and then James May spins back to the'70s with the Maserati Bora. It becomes a family affair when the hosts hand over reporting duties to their mothers, who review a range of small cars from Renault, Honda and Peugeot.

Once again The Stig puts the rich and famous through their paces in the 'Star in the Reasonably Priced Car' feature. Getting behind the wheel on the test track this season include Timothy Spall (Harry Potter), The Darkness' Justin Hawkins, Sir Tim Rice, and BBC Radio personality Chris Evans.

One of the most successful and interesting phenomenon's on UK television, Top Gear defies traditional notions of programming genre and has become a global phenomenon reaching 150 million homes worldwide. Part factual and part entertainment, the award winning car show doesn't fit into any standard category.

BBC AMERICA brings audiences a new generation of award-winning television featuring news with a uniquely global perspective, provocative dramas, razor-sharp comedies and life-changing makeovers. BBC AMERICA pushes the boundaries to deliver high quality, highly addictive and eminently watchable programming to viewers who demand more. BBC AMERICA is distributed by Discovery Networks. It is available on digital cable and satellite TV in more than 60 million homes.

EPISODE SYNOPSES

Episode One

Jeremy test-drives the Mercedes CSL, James reviews the Honda Element, and James and Richard play soccer in the Toyota Aygo.

Episode One premieres Monday, July 14, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Two

Jeremy, Richard and James find out if you can buy a stylish two-door coup� for less than �1,500. Jeremy takes a look at Maseratis past and present and a chance for viewers to think about the Greatest Driving Song of All Time.

Episode Two premieres Monday, July 21, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Three

Jeremy makes a splash when he opens a local swimming pool - Richard finds out what happens when you take the roof off an Aston Martin DB9 with the new DB9 Volante -James goes back to the '70s with the Maserati Bora and Germany and Russia give their interpretations of the classic British sports car with the Weismann MF3 and TVR Tuscan 2. The Batmobile from Batman Begins is in the studio.

Episode Three premieres Monday, July 28, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Four

Jeremy, Richard and James hand over reporting duties to their mothers, who review a range of new small cars including the Renault Modus, Honda Jazz and Peugeot 1007 while the Cadillac CTS-V takes to the track, and Richard tests the new BMW 3 Series.

Episode Four premieres Monday, August 4, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Five

Top Gear returns to the '60s to define 'cool' with the Aston Martin DB5 and Jaguar E-Type. Jeremy comes under fire from army snipers to find out which car is better - the Porsche Boxster S or Mercedes SLK while James road tests the Nissan Murano.

Episode Five premieres Monday, August 11, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Six

Is a car faster than a boat? Top Gear decides to find out, via an epic race from London to Oslo with Jeremy in the Mercedes McLaren SLR and Richard and James on a boat.

Episode Six premieres Monday, August 18, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Seven

Which is faster, a man or a car? Jeremy races a compact car against a marathon runner around the London Marathon route during rush hour. TVR's Sagaris takes to the track - Ford's Transit van has a landmark birthday and gets sent to the N�rburgring to celebrate - and the 'Star in a Reasonably Priced Car' is Darkness front man, Justin Hawkins.

Episode Seven premieres Monday, August 25 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Eight

A trio of convertibles (the Audi TT, Nissan 350Z and Chrysler Crossfire) head for Iceland - the Ferrari F430 hits the test track - and the 'Star in a Reasonably Priced Car' is Sir Tim Rice.

Episode Eight premieres Monday, September 1, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Nine

Jeremy gives his verdict on BMW's M5 while Richard and James try their hand at Russian roulette road-testing. And which hatchback is the hottest the Renault Megane, Vauxhall Astra VXR or Golf GTi? Chris Evans is the 'Star in a Reasonably Priced Car'.

Episode Nine premieres Monday, September 8, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Ten

Top Gear looks at the latest range of off road toys and Bentley Flying Spur, the fastest four door saloon in the world. How does a BMW 5 series diesel measure up against the 5 series petrol and can a jeep drive across a lake?

Episode Ten premieres Monday, September 15, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode Eleven

Does driving a Lamborghini Murci�lago roadster give you the same kick as 12 angry bulls? The world's greatest power sliders grace the track. Can you play the Top Gear theme tune with engines? Also featured is the Ford F150 SVT Lightning pick-up and Timothy Spall (Harry Potter) is the 'Star in a Reasonably Priced car.'

Episode Eleven premieres Monday, September 22, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.





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