3:01am PT by Stuart Kemp
BBC Worldwide Revs Up 'Top Gear' Week
LONDON -- BBC Worldwide, the U.K. public broadcaster's moneymaking arm, has scheduled seven days dedicated to the popular motorsport show Top Gear for a new programming initiative billed as "Top Gear Week."
The BBC division said the shows would screen across the BBC branded channels network worldwide Aug. 19-26.
Top Gear Week aims to blend classic Top Gear moments with new challenges and segments in the special lineup of programs, including Top Gear’s Top 41, Top Gear Top Fails, Top Gear Festival Sydney and The Worst Car in the History of the World.
Top Gear’s Top 41 will be presented by Richard Hammond and will count down the show's 41 best moments over the years, with a new segment of the countdown revealed nightly.
Top Gear Top Fails, also hosted by Hammond, is billed as a celebration of the "How hard can it be?" endeavors of the show, including some of the most memorable "ambitious, but rubbish" challenges, as well as many lesser-known but no less destructive adventures.
Top Gear Festival Sydney will follow the British presenting team on a trip to Australia to a festival at the Sydney Motorsport Track.
Promising Jeremy Clarkson, James May and the Stig, the two-day festival aims to include the world’s fastest cars and guest-star appearances from some Australian sporting legends.
The Worst Car in the History of the World will see Clarkson and May identify, name and shame the world’s worst automobile.
Top Gear’s Top 41, The Worst Car in the History of the World and Top Gear Festival Sydney will screen across BBC Knowledge (Nordics, Poland, Asia, Australia and South Africa) and BBC HD and BBC Entertainment in Latin America, where the week will also feature Top Gear Top Fails.
Top Gear Week is the latest programming initiative to be announced for BBC Worldwide’s network of channels, following the recent commissions for Glastonbury 2013 and Really Cool Stuff.