Wednesday, 5th June 2013
Top Gear in secret Rock mission
Arriving under a blanket of secrecy, famous Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May were spotted landing on the Rock on a commercial British Airways flight yesterday morning. The trio of motoring presenters were reportedly in Gibraltar to film part of a forthcoming edition of Top Gear - one of the BBC’s most popular programmes. The BBC claims that the programme has accumulated a worldwide following of over 300 million viewers, with over 8 million coming from the UK alone.
The show’s large production team toured Gibraltar in search of shots of tourism sites whilst the rest of action took place on the MOD’s North Dispersal. With the picturesque Rock set as the backdrop, two super cars - a top of the range McLaren and Audi - shone in the sunlight as they were filmed being driven along the runway. It is understood that the filming will form part of a programme that will follow the super cars on a journey through Spain and back to the UK.
Gibraltar’s appearance on the programme was strictly attached to the condition of a news blackout until the BBC presenters and crew had left to Spain. Nevertheless this did not stop presenter Jeremy Clarkson from posting a humorous photograph of himself at the Airport and comments on social media.
Gibraltar’s cameo on Top Gear comes hard on the heels of Michael Portillo’s visit to Gibraltar for his ‘Great Continental Railway Journeys’ which was filmed last week and the ‘New Tricks’ episode which will be watched by thousands on their television screens come September. Meanwhile the first episode of the highly anticipated Channel 5 programme, ‘Gibraltar - Britain in the Sun’ will be shown for the first time on Tuesday 11 June and for the following five consecutive Tuesdays.