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Top Gear
Series 12
Starring
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes8
Release
Original networkBBC Two
Original release2 November –
28 December 2008
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Series 12 of Top Gear, a British motoring magazine and factual television programme, was broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Two during 2008, consisting of seven episodes that were aired between 2 November and 14 December. This series' highlights included the presenters tackling the task of driving lorries, investigating car-tuning, an fuel-economy race, the first power test by James May, and a review of cars made during the Cold War era. After the series concluded, a feature-length special for Christmas, titled Top Gear: Vietnam Special, was aired on 28 December 2008, focusing on the presenters travelling across Vietnam with motorcycles.

A series of compilation episodes featuring the best moments of the eleventh and twelfth series, titled 'Best of Top Gear', were aired during 2009, between 1 January and 1 February. The twelfth series faced two sets of criticism, one for an unacceptable joke referencing a major crime in 2006, and the other questioning the review of a car by Jeremy Clarkson in regards to his comments on its quality.

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
ReviewsFeatures/challengesGuest(s)Original air dateUK viewers
(millions) [1]
971Porsche 911 GT2 • Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4£5,000 Lorry challenge (ERF EC11 • Renault Magnum • Scania P94D)Michael Parkinson2 November 20087.74
Clarkson, Hammond and May see how easy it is to be an HGV driver, by each buying a second-hand lorry cab within a budget of £5,000 – May buys a Scania 94D, Clarkson buys a Renault Magnum and Hammond gets an ERF EC11. Heading for the 'Top Gear's Secret Alpine Test Location' (in Bedfordshire), the trio undertake a series of challenges, including power-sliding their lorries, tackling the Alpine course while transporting a trailer with a valuable piece of (unsecured) cargo, seeing how fast their lorry is and attempting a hill start without breaking something precious to them. For their final challenge, they return to the test track, where they find how quickly they can brake after ploughing into an 'obstacle' at high speed. Elsewhere, Clarkson is testing out the Porsche 997 GT2 and Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 on the track, and chat show legend Michael Parkinson is in 't'reasonably priced car'.
982Abarth 500 EsseesseMuscle Car Challenge: (Dodge Challenger SRT8 • Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 • Cadillac CTS-V)Will Young9 November 20087.57
The team head out on a road trip from San Francisco to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, to test drive the new generation of American muscle cars – Hammond drives the new Dodge Challenger, Clarkson is in the new Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1, and May wishes he wasn't with the Cadillac CTS-V. Thanks to the U.S. State department, the trio only have visas that allow them to be factual rather than entertaining, and so must be careful not to show anything too funny or exciting, as Hammond and Clarkson race between the lights at Reno and head onto some twisty back roads to see if they can get May to like his car. Once at the Salt Flats, the trio attempt to see if they achieve a respective high speed for the cars on a one mile straight drive with an unfavourable driving surface. Elsewhere, Clarkson tests out how good a small family car the Abarth 500 Esseesse is, and the original winner of Pop Idol, Will Young, talks about his own Top Gear race as he does a lap in the Lacetti.
993Toyota i-REALTuning challenge: Renault Avantime • Finnish folk racing • Corvette V-8 engine blender-made smoothieMark Wahlberg • Mika Häkkinen16 November 20086.98
The boys attempt to see if they can modify a Renault Avantime with the remainder of a £15,000 budget provided for them, so that it can lap the test track as fast as a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, and quickly discover that it's not as easy a task as it seems. Meanwhile, Hammond heads to Toyota City in Japan to test out a 'drivable' chair, the i-REAL, May prepares for his first supercar review by learning 'The Finnish Way of Car Control' from Mika Häkkinen and entering a Jokamiesluokka (a rallycross race), Clarkson sees if he can make a food blender out of a V8 engine by making a 'manly' drink, and Mark Wahlberg tries to adjust to a manual gearbox and the right-handed seating position of the reasonably priced car.
1004Pagani Zonda Roadster F • Bugatti VeyronEconomy race from Basel to Blackpool Illuminations(Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion • Jaguar XJ Diesel • Subaru Legacy Diesel)Harry Enfield23 November 20087.15
The trio are on a fuel economy race to see who can make it from Basel in Switzerland to Blackpool in northwest England, on a single tank of fuel – May is sensible and selects a Subaru Legacy Diesel, Clarkson thinks its pointless and arrives in a Jaguar XJ Diesel, and Hammond turns up in a Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion to the scorn of his compatriots, with all three allowed to choose their own routes to the finish line. While Clarkson is interested in just running out near his home, Hammond and May show their competitive sides in this clever race, but once back in Britain, all three soon begin praying they can achieve what they set out to do, with a surprise in store for one of them. Meanwhile, May tackles his first ever power test by seeing how good the Pagani Zonda F Roadster is, the Stig finally gets to step into the Bugatti Veyron and do a power lap around the track to see how fast it is, and Harry Enfield returns to redeem his honour by hoping he did better this time in the Lacetti.
1015Lexus IS F • BMW M3Portofino to Saint-TropezRace: Powerboat vs. Ferrari Daytona • Best bus for British city streetsKevin McCloud30 November 20087.51
The Lexus IS-F is in Clarkson's hands as he sees if it can unseat the king of high-powered saloons, the four door BMW M3, while Hammond sees if motorsport and a handful of touring car legends can find the best type of bus for London's street at Lydden Hill Race Circuit – contenders include a double decker, a single decker, two bendy buses, and a compact hopper bus. Meanwhile, there's a race on the Riviera, as Hammond races a Ferrari Daytona from Portofino to Saint-Tropez against May in a £1.25 million power boat, and Kevin McCloud makes an appearance to set a time in the Lacetti.
1026Veritas RS III • Caterham Seven Superlight R500 • Ford FiestaDid the communists make a good car? • Ford Fiesta with the Royal MarinesBoris Johnson7 December 20087.33
Clarkson and May can't decide if imported Chinese-made cars will be any good, which got them thinking about whether the Communists ever historically built a good car, and are soon taking a look at a range of them, including the Lada Riva, Moskvitch 408, the East German Wartburg. Elsewhere, Clarkson decides to a proper road test like in the old days in response to a complaint, and does a 'serious' review of the Ford Fiesta, while Hammond is seeing if the new, German built Veritas RS III is a better track-day car than the Caterham 7 Superlight R500, and Mayor of London (at the time of broadcast), Boris Johnson, tries to drive fast in the reasonably priced car on a wet track.
1037Tesla Roadster • Honda FCX Clarity50 years of British Touring Car racing • TG Stuntman takes on Fifth Gear's caravan jump record • Top Gear Awards 2008Sir Tom Jones • Jay Kay14 December 20087.54
Clarkson puts the first electric supercar, the battery poweredTesla Roadster (2008), through its paces on the track, while May heads to California to test drive what could be the future of motoring – the hydrogen poweredHonda FCX Clarity. Elsewhere, Hammond takes a look back at 50 years of Touring Cars racing history, Top Gear Stunt Man returns to beat the record set by Fifth Gear for the furthest distance by a car off a ramp while towing a caravan, Clarkson sees if the elderly could enjoy a motorised rocking chair powered by a V8 engine, and singer, Tom Jones, is in control of the Lacetti for a lap around the track.
104-N/A – Vietnam SpecialVietnam Special: (Minsk • PiaggioVespa • Honda Super Cub)None28 December 20086.70

The trio attempt to see if they can get across Vietnam within eight days, from Hồ Chí Minh City (Saigon), to Hạ Long city, near Hanoi (Hà Nội), with a trio of motorcycles bought for around US$1,000. Hammond buys a Belarusian-built 125 cc two-strokeMinsk, May gets a four-strokeHonda Super Cub and an unenthusiastic Clarkson purchases a two-stroke green 1967 PiaggioVespa, with all three learning there back-up is a 1973 Honda Chaly mini-bike as a back-up, complete with a Stars and Stripes and American music. On their journey, the trio deal with the weather and road conditions, sample the local cuisine and scenery, and engage in a motorcycle exam, before learning they must convert their bikes to cross the sea, in order to reach the finish line – a floating bar within the maze of limestone islets in Hạ Long Bay.

Notes: In reference to film-maker Francis Ford Coppola, the ending credits replaced the first names of the crew with the words 'Francis Ford' (e.g. 'Francis Ford Clarkson', 'Francis Ford Hammond', etc.). In addition, certain versions of the special replaced 'Born in the U.S.A.' with The Star Spangled Banner, which also removed certain elements whose context would not be understandable to viewers.

Best-of Episodes[edit]

TotalNo.TitleFeatureOriginal air dateUK viewers
(million)[1]
S14CE–1'The Best of Top Gear: 2008 No.1'Best Moments from Series 11-12 – Part 11 January 20092.82
A look back at some of the best moments from Series 11 and 12, including a revisit of the race between the Ferrari Daytona and the Powerboat on the Riviera.
S15CE–2'The Best of Top Gear: 2008 No.2'Best Moments from Series 11-12 – Part 24 January 20093.27
A second look back at some of the best moments from Series 11 and 12, including the challenge of finding a good Alfa Romeo for less than £1,000.
S16CE–3'The Best of Top Gear: 2008 No.3'Best Moments from Series 11-12 – Part 325 January 20092.05
A third look back at some of the best moments from Series 11 and 12, including Clarkson's efforts to evade his pursuers in the Daihatsu Terios, and Top Gear's battle against the presenters of D-Motor.
S17CE–4'The Best of Top Gear: 2008 No.4'Best Moments from Series 11-12 – Part 41 February 20092.28
A fourth look back at some of the best moments from Series 11 and 12, including a revisit of the race between the Nissan GT-R and the Bullet Train.

Criticism and Controversy[edit]

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HGV Challenge 'Prostitutes' joke[edit]

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During the first episode of the series, Jeremy Clarkson made a joke regarding lorry drivers killing prostitutes. Following the episode's broadcast, the joke drew criticism, with many believing that it alluded to the Ipswich 2006 serial murders in which a forklift truck driver was arrested and charged with the murder of five women who had been working as prostitutes,[2] though some believe it was more likely that Clarkson was referring to the Yorkshire Ripper. Ofcom received over 500 complaints in regards to the joke, but revealed that the remark had not been in breach of the broadcasting code. Meanwhile, Labour MP Chris Mole wrote a strongly worded letter to the BBC, stating that Clarkson should be sacked regarding the remarks he made.[3]

Tesla Roadster review film[edit]

During the seventh episode, Top Gear reviewed and tested the battery poweredTesla Roadster (2008), in which Clarkson pointed out, upon rigorous testing, that the batteries on the Roadster drained quickly and that the car suffered mechanical problems. Tesla contested these findings following the episode, and provided data logs of the cars' performances during the show to Top Gear and the BBC, which led both to revealing in statements to the media, that the cars did not in fact break down and never went below 20 percent state of charge.[4] Despite this, Clarkson wrote an article for The Sunday Times, following dozens of blogs and newspapers challenging Top Gear's portrayal of the Roadster's performance, in which he stood by the contents of the episode.[5]

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References[edit]

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  1. ^ ab'Weekly Top 10 Programmes'. Broadcasters' Audience Research Board.
  2. ^'Clarkson joke sparks complaints'. BBC News. 4 November 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2008.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^'Jeremy Clarkson – Labour MP Calls For Clarkson Sacking Over Lorry Joke'. Contactmusic.com. 15 November 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2009.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^'BBC: Top Gear Tesla didn't run out of juice'. The Register. 22 December 2008.
  5. ^Clarkson, Jeremy (11 January 2009). 'Tesla Roadster'. The Sunday Times. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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