TV guide: Top Gear in numbers

2011-02-25 12:07

3

The number of spin-off shows the series has garnered?– an Australian, American and Russian versions.

300 000

Times the series is downloaded after each episode airs in the UK on a unique sharing site.

4

The number of times the series won the National Television Awards in Britain. The series took home the honours in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2011.

1977

The year the series originally began airing with revolving hosts. The show was revamped in 2002 when Richard Hammond, James May and Jeremy Clarkson took over and introduced elements such as the Stig.

£1?m

The rumoured amount it costs to produce an episode. The BBC is yet to confirm if this is accurate or not.

2005

The year in which the series won an international Emmy for best non-scripted reality series. In 2004 and 2006 the series was nominated for a Bafta.

350?m

Viewers who have tuned into the ­series over the past 16 series.

1.45.83 min

The fastest lap by a celebrity on the show. The series measure celebrities’ racing abilities in a cheap Chevy sedan. Jay Kay from funk band Jamiroquai has been the fastest, completing the lap in one minute and 45 seconds.

505

The speed in km at which Hammond was travelling in a Viper when he crashed while shooting an episode for season seven. He was comatosed. The crash was shown the following season.

£5?000

The budget the team has to find cars which are at home both on the racetrack and taking the family shopping. This takes place in the new season.

10

The season in which Hammond won an award for best TV haircut while May won one for the worst haircut in 2006.

» Top Gear hits screens on Wednesday, March?2, on BBC Entertainment at 8.30pm


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