The last episode of Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May airs on BBC2 tonight (June 29) and, according to sacked presenter Jeremy, it has been “cobbled together”.
Writing in his column for The Sun on Saturday, Jeremy said: “At 8.00pm tomorrow, BBC2 is screening an edition of Top Gear cobbled together from two films that were made before I was fired. One of them is quite good.”
But their 75-minute final episode is predicted by bookies William Hill to smash the show’s current ratings record of 8.35 million viewers, set in December 2007.
The episode is made up of previously unseen footage shot before Jeremy was sacked in March after he hit a producer, and features two films that were shot for the last series.
Armed with affordable classics, including a Fiat 124 Spyder, a Peugeot 304 Cabriolet and an MGB GT, the trio set off on an adventure that includes brown beer, breakdowns and a hair-raising classic car show.
In the second film, Jeremy, Richard and James try to become lifestyle leisure enthusiasts with the help of some incredibly cheap lifestyle leisure vehicles.
Restricted to a maximum budget of £250, the trio buy three massive mileage SUVs – a Vauxhall Frontera, a Jeep Cherokee and a Mitsubishi Shogun – and embark on a series of action-packed challenges that include battling with the Stig’s “Leisure Activity Cousin” and a race which has terrifying consequences for the loser.
But not quite as bad as not having any more Top Gear with these three amigos after this… Jeremy has said he will watch the final episode “with a tear in my eye” and Richard has told Australian journalists that finishing the final episode “broke my heart and I don’t think I’ll be able to watch it”.
Top Gear, BBC2, Sunday, June 29, 8.00pm.