INTERVIEW | Top Gear trio bring the laughs and share what it was like to shoot season 32

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  • BBC Top Gear returns for season 32, and they're bringing the laughs.
  • Local airing dates are yet to be confirmed, but it will screen on DSTV.
  • The presenting team rates their exploits in Miami to be their best yet.
  • For motoring news, go to Wheels24


Alligators in the Everglades. Swamp buggy racing. Turning a Sinclair C5 electric vehicle into a bobsled. These are just some of the antics that Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris get up to in the forthcoming season of BBC Top Gear. The Top Gear trio is back for a new season, and Wheels24 caught up with them to determine what we can expect.

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The previous season of Top Gear (31) was filmed during the height of the global coronavirus pandemic, which proved challenging in terms of production and logistics. For season 32, the show's producers have sparred no slaps (you'll see why when you watch the show) and no expense to put together what looks like one of the most spectacular seasons to date.

BBC Top Gear presenters season 31
Chris Harris, Freddie Flintoff, and Paddy McGuinness are back with season 32 of Top Gear.

What you can expect in Season 32 of Top Gear

Wheels24 was fortunate enough to screen the first two episodes of the new season thanks to the BBC, and what a riot it was. I haven't laughed so much watching Top Gear episodes for a very long time. Stitches, that was my disposition as I stepped into the interview with the presenters.

"We've only just scratched the surface," says Harris. The veteran motoring journalist turned YouTuber turned automotive entertainment superstar explained that his favourite skits of the season were filmed in Miami, Florida. McGuiness and Flintoff agreed: "Growing up on a diet of Americana fuelled by 80s and 90s movies, it was amazing to experience Miami and see that it's exactly like you see in the movies. There's a vibrancy there. The people. The energy was amazing, and we had a great time filming there."

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Harris said he also enjoyed filming in Norway. "It was lovely to visit this location because of the activity we had planned here. We've put together some unusual activities this season, with various cars. This season has to be one of the best yet, and we're excited to share it with everyone now that we're emerging from a couple of years of lockdown. A lot is going on in the world right now, and we hope that the new season brings some excitement," he said.

Expect a laugh-filled trip through the Everglades where the trio discover wild Alligators before hitting the water in unlikely racing vehicles. They also partake in a drag racing variant that's very popular in the USA. In Norway, you'll see them take a converted electric car around one of the most exquisite bobsled tracks in the world. You can also expect the usual reviews covering supercars, such as the achingly beautiful Maserati MC20. You'll also see what happens when a Ford Raptor takes on a Dodge Hellcat and an Audi RS3.

Maserati MC20
Maserati MC20

Consult your TV guide for more info

To find out when the new season of BBC Top Gear will be airing in South Africa, you must keep an eye on your DSTV TV guide as the official date for local airing is yet to be confirmed. According to the BBC, more than six million people watched season 31 in the UK.


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