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[07/21/11 - 06:41 AM]
Set Your Motor Running - "Top Gear" Season 17 Revs Up For Its U.S. Premiere on BBC America
The new six-episode season debuts Monday, August 22 at 9:00/8:00c.

[via press release from BBC America]

SET YOUR MOTOR RUNNING - "TOP GEAR" SEASON 17 REVS UP FOR ITS U.S. PREMIERE ON BBC AMERICA

This August, fans of Top Gear will be purring with contentment when BBC AMERICA brings the U.S. premiere of the world's biggest car show back for its 17th season. Hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond return with witty and unabashedly honest commentary on the latest auto releases, and will no doubt be getting themselves - and each other - into trouble with new challenges, stunts and special features. The 'Boys' will test everything from the Aston Martin to electric powered cars and fulfill a lifetime dream of riding around the Monaco Grand Prix circuit. Bob Geldof, comedian Rowan Atkinson and Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel are just some of the guests taking part in 'The Star in a Reasonably Priced Car'. Top Gear premieres Monday, August 22, 9:00pm ET/PT.

In the new season, Clarkson celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar E-type by driving a modern, $800,000 interpretation of this classic sports car before putting on a typically low key birthday party involving live music, classic fighter planes and a group of Royal Marines. The 'Boys' take a trip to Italy to try out station wagons around the winding roads of Italy, before moving on to the Grand Prix circuit of Monaco.

Other features in the new season include the hosts comparing second hand bargains with Britain's cheapest brand new car, the Nissan Pixo. James May gets to test the durability of the Range Rover Evoque by driving it through California's Death Valley, before testing it for luxury by turning up to Las Vegas with a megastar - but is it really Cher? Season 17 also sees the team attempt to make train travel cheaper, faster and more interesting with a hare-brained scheme involving camper vans and a specially modified car, as well as a trip to the beach in a couple of electric cars.

BBC AMERICA delivers U.S. audiences high-quality, innovative and intelligent programming. Established in 1998, it has been the launch pad for talent embraced by American mainstream pop culture, including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Norton, and successful programming formats including ground-breaking non-scripted television like Top Gear and top-rated science-fiction like Doctor Who. Owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, BBC AMERICA has attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including an Emmy, four Golden Globes and ten Peabody Awards. The channel attracts one of cable's most affluent and educated audiences and is available on digital cable and satellite TV in more than 68 million homes. It broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, with content available On Demand across all major digital platforms. Online, www.bbcamerica.com is the place to go to dig deeper into pop culture with a British twist.

CAST AND PRODUCTION CREDITS

Presenters Jeremy Clarkson (Clarkson, Speed, Jeremy Clarkson: Greatest Raid of All Time)

Richard Hammond (Blast Lab, Engineering Connections, Petrolheads)

James May (James May on the Moon, James May at the Edge of Space, Top Toys)

Executive Producer Andy Wilman (Jeremy Clarkson: Greatest Raid of All Time, Speed)





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[07/22/14 - 01:49 PM]
Hide the Donuts! FXX Is Bringing Homer Simpson's Dome to Comic-Con
Starting in August, FXX will become the cable network home for all seasons of "The Simpsons," excluding seasons airing in their first run on FOX.

[07/22/14 - 01:47 PM]
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HGTV spins the numbers for Sunday, July 20.

[07/22/14 - 01:14 PM]
Velocity's Hit Car Restoration Series "FantomWorks" Returns for Season Two on Sunday, July 27 at 9 and 10 PM ET/PT
Dan Short and his team kick-off Velocity's week-long summer programming event "Dream Car Week" with all-new back-to-back episodes from season two.

[07/22/14 - 12:10 PM]
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[07/22/14 - 12:04 PM]
Spike TV's "Comic-Con All Access" to Be Programmed and Controlled by Fans Via Social Media
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[07/22/14 - 11:34 AM]
Adult Swim Once Again Ranks #1 Among Basic Cable Networks for Primetime Delivery of Adults 18-34
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[07/22/14 - 11:20 AM]
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TNT spins the numbers for the week of July 14-20.

[07/22/14 - 11:16 AM]
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[07/22/14 - 11:13 AM]
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American Heroes Channel spins the numbers for Sunday, July 20.

[07/22/14 - 11:12 AM]
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[07/22/14 - 10:32 AM]
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Entering its fourth season, the PBS Arts Fall Festival has become a Friday night fall tradition, reaching more than 33 million viewers since its conception in 2011.

[07/22/14 - 10:31 AM]
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Look for a special holiday episode on Sunday, December 28 followed by season four on Sunday, March 29.

[07/22/14 - 10:30 AM]
PBS Announces New Series: "The Brain with Dr. David Eagleman"
The show will premiere in 2015 as part of the PBS "Think Wednesday" lineup of science and nature programming.

[07/22/14 - 10:29 AM]
New PBS Documentary Reveals the Untold Story of the U.S. Navy SEALs
The two-hour special premiers on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11 at 9:00/8:00c.

[07/22/14 - 10:28 AM]
PBS and "American Experience" Announce "Walt Disney" to Premiere Fall 2015
The film features rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, scenes from some of his greatest films, and includes interviews with animators and artists who worked with him.