Reality/Game Show
Jul. 13, 1978
30 min.
BBC TWO TV Network

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Top Gear (UK) (1978)

The original Top Gear was a car-based BBC television series which broadcast nationally from 1978 to 2001. It consisted of 30-minute magazine format programmes presented by a number of people, including Angela Rippon, Noel Edmonds, William Woollard, and towards the end of the series, Jeremy Clarkson. After it's cancellation the show moved to channel Five and became the foundation for Fifth Gear.

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Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born April 11, 1960) is an English broadcaster and journalist who specialises ...

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From a career as a local journalist in the North of England, Clarkson rose to public prominence as a presenter of the original format of Top Gear in 1988. Since the mid-1990s Clarkson has become a recognised public personality, regularly appearing on British television presenting his own shows and appearing as a guest on other shows. As well as motoring, Clarkson has produced programmes and books on subjects such as history and engineering. From 1998 to 2000 he also hosted his own chat show, Clarkson.

His opinionated but humorous tongue-in-cheek writing and presenting style has often generated much public reaction to his viewpoints. His actions both privately and as a Top Gear presenter have also sometimes resulted in criticism from the media, politicians, pressure groups and the public. Recently in Australia on A Current Affair he claimed that all he does is '...get up, write stuff, has supper and goes to bed'.

As well as the criticism levelled against him, Clarkson also generated a significant following in the public at large, being credited as a factor in the resurgence of the new Top Gear to the most popular show on BBC Two.

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