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This led to them eventually meeting the broadcaster to pitch the idea of changing it from a motoring magazine format to one that was studio-based. Amongst the ideas that were pitched included: Following the pitch, the BBC decided to green-light the new format, in order to create a programme to compete with Channel 5 's new motoring show Fifth Gearfrom which several original Top Gear presenters including Tiff NeedellVicki Butler-Henderson and producer Jon Bentley went to.
Production began in mid, with the broadcaster securing the right to use Dunsfold Aerodromean airport and business park in Waverley, Surreyas the programme's fixed location — while its runways and taxiways were allocated for reviews and other films, one of the site's large aircraft hangars was transformed into Top Gear's new studio.
To match the proposed ideas for the new format, the BBC gained assistance from Lotus to design a race circuit for use on the programme that would be situated at the fixed location, while editing of films that were recorded for each episode, focused on extending the runtime of the programme to one hour.
Wilman took on the role of the show's executive producer, while Clarkson became part of the hosting line-up. Because those who had worked with Clarkson on the original programme had left the BBC to work on Fifth Gear, the production team arranged for him to be joined by Richard Hammond and Jason Dawe. A difficulty found during production, revolved around the show's test driver — neither Clarkson or Wilman could find a racing driver with experience at speaking on-camera.
In discussions over this, the pair opted to make the driver silent, and later having their identity concealed.
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When they recruited Perry McCarthy amongst their possible candidates for the role, his input led to Wilman choosing to nickname the test driver as The Stig.
The first series of the programme premiered later that year, its opening episode airing on 20 October In its early state, the programme's segments were based on elements on the version's format, such as conducting interviews with people and reading out letters from viewers, though featured some unique elements based around humour.
An example of this was that the presenters regularly destroyed a caravan during the early series. After the first series ended, Dawe was replaced by James May — having originally worked on the version, he initially declined to be a part of the format of Top Gear, until its growing popularity later changed his mind.
At the beginning of the third series, McCarthy was replaced by Ben Collins for contractual reasons — the change in drivers was notable in the fact that for Collins' version, the Stig's outfit was changed from a black outfit, to a white one. As the programme progressed, the format slowly began to transform, with a focus towards creating a unique presentation style for the programme, which included the addition of new segments, a more unusual approach to reviewing cars, road trips, and more specialised films involving races — either between cars or between a car and another form of transportation — and completing a variety of challenges, most with cheap, second-hand cars.
Changes and growing popularity: These were later cancelled, after West Oxfordshire council strongly objected to the planned move, on the basis of noise and pollution concerns. In addition, the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment was modified with new rules along with a new car, while Hammond included one of his dogs for the series throughout its studio segments, along with a number of films made for this series and the next.
Both the BBC and the Health and Safety Executive carried out inquiries into the accident,  with filming later resuming on 5 October. It was one of the first episodes of the programme to be shown in high-definitionand the third special to be produced, focusing on a race to the North Magnetic Poleat its recorded location inbetween a "polar modified" Toyota Hilux and a dog sled.
Considerable planning and co-ordination for the filming of the episode was conducted by both Top Gear's production team and Toyotawith both Clarkson and May, driving the Hilux, being the first people to reach the recorded location of the North Magnetic Pole by car. It was one of a number of challenges in which the presenters had to be focused and serious, despite the comedic scenes shown, with another being on 9 September, when the presenters, including The Stig, participated in the Britcar hour race at Silverstoneusing a race-prepared, second-hand diesel BMW dfuelled by biodiesel refined from crops they had sown as part of an earlier feature.
With popularity for the show rising to considerable levels, the waiting list to get a ticket for a recording became extensive — an individual seeking a ticket, found that they would be required to wait for 21 years before securing a place. From the twelfth series, feature-length specials were created for the show, each visiting a different part of the world for a road trip using second-hand cars, with a number produced to be aired as a Christmas special.
Despite growing popularity, an interview made with the Radio Times by Wilman revealed that future programmes would have less time devoted to big challenges, stating the following: We'll inevitably still have big films, because it's the only way you can enjoy the three of them cocking about together, but they'll be shorter overall, and alongside we'll be inserting two- or three-minute punk songs.
As the 14th series was being broadcast in latethe programme began to attract criticism from some viewers, over its predictability through the over-reliance on stunts and forced humour at the expense of serious content. His statement included referring to "this incarnation of Top Gear" being close to its end, and that the production team would be working towards keeping its "dignity still intact", while experimenting with new ideas for the programme.
Their concerns were raised by two incidents that year — the first involved an un-aired take from the 19th series emerging on national news media, featuring the presenter;  the second involved an investigation into racism complaints by the regulator Ofcomin regards to the show's "Burma Special", which led to the programme being found in breach of broadcasting rules.
The programme then suffered another incident, when production of its next special in Argentina was dogged by major issues that placed the team at serious risk of harm.
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The controversial incident it created was covered by international news media, but despite the issues faced, the special was later aired as part of the BBC's Christmas schedule for though with amendments to its ending and the inclusion of an introduction for it.
On 10 Marchthe 22nd series of the programme was abruptly put into hiatus by the BBC.
The broadcaster's actions were the result of them suspending Clarkson in order to investigate allegations made against him, over verbal and physical abuse he had committed against one of the show's producers, Oisin Tymon. New hosts and new era: On 16 JuneChris Evans was confirmed as one of the new hosts,  with it later suggested he would be hosting the show alone as part of a new format,  despite a previous announcement that the broadcaster was holding open audition for his co-presenters;  this claim was later dismissed as untrue.
Although former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard had been widely reported to be joining the programme as a host, this was dismissed as speculation when he was revealed, on 11 Januaryto be the new host of Channel 4 's coverage for the F1 season. While the show still retained the use of the show's presentation style and its test driver The Stig, the format received a number of changes — a small number of segments were dropped, the studio received a revamp to its layout, the celebrity segment was redesigned to feature a rallycross-styled challenge, while Evans and LeBlanc would front the show with the other co-presenters appearing "when required".
Designed to be aired after each episode of the new series was aired, its format focused on providing exclusive new content online — hosted by both Reid and Harris, the spin-off would consist of new footage, interviews, specially recorded films and behind-the-scenes access to the main programme.
In addition, the new series aired with only six of the ten episodes that it promised to show. The new look of the show received mixed feedback from critics and viewers alike — although praise was given for the inclusion of LeBlanc, Harris and Reid, the new format was panned for its sluggish pace, the lack of humour in the studio segments, and the length of time spent on the revamped celebrity segment, "Star in a Rally-Cross Car".
The most negative feedback received for the 23rd series was towards Evans' involvement — his presentation style was largely criticised, along with the lack of chemistry he had with LeBlanc.
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In addition to feedback, several newspaper articles highlighted the fact that the new series struggled to make reasonable viewing figures, with this partly blamed on its broadcast schedule putting it up against live broadcasts of the UEFA Euro championships. On 4 July, following the series finale, Evans announced his resignation from Top Gear, based on feedback.
The show's format was refocused on elements developed in early series, a deeper work on chemistry between the presenters, while also revising the celebrity segment — as the arrangement for the 23rd series had proven to be a failure,  the segment returned to its original format, though under the title of "Star in a Reasonably Fast Car".
Format Each episode of Top Gear focus a series of segments, switching between those filmed within the programme's main studio before a studio audience, and pre-recorded films conducted before the broadcast of an episode — these films primarily cover major segments of the episodes, with studio segments often used as links or breaks between them.
The most common forms of segments used in the show's history are "Car Reviews", "Power Laps", "Star in a Car", "Cool Wall", "Challenges" and "Races". Car reviews A major segment of the programme, happening at least once in most episodes, it focuses on the presenters conducting a road-test of a car, looking at such factors as ride quality, speed, handling, practicality, and reliability. These reviews are conducted either on and around Top Gear's test trackor on the roads of Britain and abroad, and often focus on one car, primarily from well known car manufacturers.
Although the programme operated in a standard manner in the early series to the original format of car reviews in the show, it soon began to adopt an unusual approach of reviewing cars, by conducting an unusual test s to either put a vehicle through its paces in an arranged scenario, or to demonstrate and showcase an exceptional quality that it exhibited. An example of this comes from the "Toyota Hilux Destruction" film, divided between two episodes of the third series — to prove the strength of a Toyota Hilux pick-up truck, presenters Clarkson and May set about subjecting it to various, mainly destructive tests to see if it could survive against them and still run, allowing the use of tools for repair but prohibiting the replacement of any components with the exception of the windscreen.
Other notable uses of this unusual approach have included: Testing the ride quality of two off-road vehicles, by having a passenger receive a tattoo in each vehicle as it is driven off-road, to see how smoothly it can be done in each. Testing a car's handling, by racing it through a shopping centre against a more powerful car. Assigning the presenter's mothers with the duty of reviewing a small selection of cars.
Testing the comfort of a vehicle by chauffeuring a VIP to an event. Examples of such "review" challenges have included: Road-testing cars in the style of "Russian Roulette", in which presenters did not know what they would get to drive, and had to review it in the presence of their owners while driving them and their car back to their home.
Comparing the practicality of two new vehicles, by operating them as taxi cabs for a night. There was one performance in particular, when the students put on a play called Class Energy, when he really seemed to shine—and it became obvious to us, the staff, that we had someone rather special on our hands. Eleven years after his film debut, Day-Lewis had a small part in the film Gandhi as Colin, a South African street thug who racially bullies the title character.
In latehe had his big theatre break when he took over the lead in Another Countrywhich had premiered in late Next, he took on a supporting role as the conflicted, but ultimately loyal, first mate in The Bounty Set in the Edwardian period of turn-of-theth-century England, he portrayed an entirely different character: During the eight-month shoot, he learned Czechand first began to refuse to break character on or off the set for the entire shooting schedule.
Brown, known as a writer and painter, was born with cerebral palsyand was able to control only his left foot. Ian Charleson formally replaced Day-Lewis for the rest of the run, but his ill-health forced Northam to stand in again many times. Although the incident was officially attributed to exhaustion, Day-Lewis later claimed to have seen the ghost of his own father.
Playing Gerry Conlon in In the Name of the Father, Day-Lewis lived on prison rations to lose 30 lb, spent extended periods in the jail cell on set, went without sleep for two days, was interrogated for three days by real policemen, and asked that the crew hurl abuse and cold water at him.
For The Boxer inhe trained for weeks with the former world champion Barry McGuiganwho said that he became good enough to turn professional.
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The actor's injuries include a broken nose and a damaged disc in his lower back. The media attention following his breakdown on-stage contributed to his decision to eventually move from England to Ireland in the mids, to regain a sense of privacy amidst his increasing fame.
Day-Lewis' character research for this film was well-publicised; he reportedly underwent rigorous weight training, and learned to live off the land and forest where his character lived, camping, hunting, and fishing.
To prepare for the film, set in America's Gilded Agehe wore s-period aristocratic clothing around New York City for two months, including top hatcane, and cape. During the shoot, he met his future wife, Rebecca Millerthe author's daughter.