Top Gear Season 17 Episode 5

Series 17, Episode 5 - All Season 17 episodes

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Show Details

Reviews: Lotus T125 • Jensen Interceptor

Features: Demolish a house with second-hand military equipment vs demolition experts

Guest: Bob Geldof

Original air date: July 24, 2011

The boys are challenged to a race by a group of professional demolishers to see who can be the first to knock down a row of houses zoned for demolition. After heading to Albania and failing to knock a test house with the standard machinery, the trio decide to tackle the challenge with a range of heavy-duty, surplus military vehicles – a FV434 armoured recovery vehicle, a FV180 Combat Engineer Tractor (CET), and an Armtrac 400 mine-clearing vehicle. Elsewhere, the boys get nostalgic for 1970s action/adventure series and attempt to create an opening sequence for a new one, involving a new and updated version of the classic Jensen Interceptor, while Clarkson tests out Lotus’ new purpose-built Formula 1-inspired track car, the T125, and rock star and charity ambassador, Bob Geldof, is in the reasonably priced car.

Note: Because of the MotoGP 2011 live coverage, the original transmission was on a tight schedule and thus did not end with credits. In the original transmission, Clarkson is warned he is taking too long to end the show, at which point it prematurely ends when he asks “What are they (the BBC) going to do? Cut us off-…”, with him responding to this with “Oh, they have!” seconds after it happens. In repeats, the credits are shown after this line.

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