is a British television series about motor vehicles, primarily cars. It began in 1977
as a conventional motoring magazine show. Over time, and especially since a relaunch in 2002, it has developed a quirky, humorous style. The show is currently presented by Jeremy Clarkson
, Richard Hammond
and James May
, and has featured three different test drivers known as The Stig
. The programme is estimated to have <!-- don't update this number -->350 million<!-- unless you can provide a reliable source. The current source states *350* --> viewers worldwide via torrent programs. First run episodes are broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Two
, and since Series 14, also on BBC HD
. Sixteen series have been broadcast, and the seventeenth series started on 26 June 2011.
The show has received acclaim for its visual style and presentation, as well as criticism
for its content and comments made by presenters. Columnist A. A. Gill
, close friend of Clarkson and fellow Sunday Times
columnist, described the show as "a triumph of the craft of programme making, of the minute, obsessive, musical masonry of editing, the French polishing
of colourwashing and grading". British comedian and guest of the show......