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Season 22  "Race Across St. Petersburg"  22x1

Aired 4 years ago - Jan 25, 2015

The world's biggest car programme returns for an explosive and extra-long run of brand new programmes. In this first episode of the series, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are in Russia for an incredible race across the vast and very beautiful urban landscape of St Petersburg. May defends the honour of the car in a very small Renault, Hammond tries to prove that pedaling is faster by saddling up a bicycle, whilst Clarkson attempts to demonstrate that water is the quickest way across town, especially if you're in a hovercraft. To make matters more complicated, all three presenters are racing not only each other but also The Stig, who is silently making his way towards the finish line on public transport. Also in this episode, Richard Hammond is at the test track to find out if the dramatic new Lamborghini Huracan is as flamboyant and fun as an Italian supercar should be. Plus, celebrity guest Ed Sheeran tests his steely eyed driving skills as the star in the Reasonably Priced Car.

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Recap of Top Gear Season 22 Episode 1 (S22E01) - 1
So, Jeremy got a map and a pin and because he's very tall
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Now, it is expensive.
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Yes, thank you, Dr Clarkson. That's fascinating.
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~ 72 horsepower? ~ Each. ~ 72?
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Wrong gear.
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this frame, and there are plastic panels hung all over it.
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and around the drinking bottle, so it doesn't hit the rider's shins,
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Oh, hang on, I think that's him. Oh, no, there he is.
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Making a lane... Yes!
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The derailleur's come off.
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James, hang on.
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Um...
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Hertfordshire Police said, "It's not in the public interest
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Everybody loves that song. You can't trust someone who doesn't like it.
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right in the middle of London. I've got the graph here from the week
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~ That goes on the road. ~ Yeah, but you can drive a tractor on the road
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~ Yeah. ~ They'll fit it with a burglar alarm that will go off every time
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and I'm deeply, deeply sorry.
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And there's more hi-tech weaponry at this car's disposal.
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It's almost undefeatable.
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Basically - bear with me on this - it's the looks.
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Oh-ho-ho-ho!
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So, would you drive a car designed by Weatherspoons?
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Stig using a very delicate steer. No whiff of understeer.
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and serious stuff should live and Lamborghinis should be here,
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~ on the London Underground! ~ No, it was... Yeah, it was just...
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~ working your bottom off. ~ I haven't stopped yet. It's still...
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I was more nervous about today, doing the lap. Genuinely, genuinely.
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Now, we'd better get on, I'm afraid, to the elephant in the room.
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bonus on things you should spend your bonus on - his family.
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Who'd like to see Ed's first-ever driving lesson on television?
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How do you actually walk about when they're that big?
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cos if you get it wrong that's what happens.
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And you, Ed Sheeran...
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on rivers.
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Things wide enough for a horse.
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~ OK. ~ Really, can we? ~ Yes.
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Two ferries and a water taxi.
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They were much quieter, but there was now another problem.
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While James sat motionless, I was now entering the city centre...
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on his stolen mountain bike.
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Now, it is expensive.
#2
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Yes, thank you, Dr Clarkson. That's fascinating.
#3
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~ 72 horsepower? ~ Each. ~ 72?
#4
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Wrong gear.
#6
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this frame, and there are plastic panels hung all over it.
#8
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and around the drinking bottle, so it doesn't hit the rider's shins,
#9
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Oh, hang on, I think that's him. Oh, no, there he is.
#11
Recap of Top Gear Season 22 Episode 1 (S22E01) - 12
Making a lane... Yes!
#12
Recap of Top Gear Season 22 Episode 1 (S22E01) - 13
The derailleur's come off.
#13
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James, hang on.
#14
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Um...
#15
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Hertfordshire Police said, "It's not in the public interest
#16
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Everybody loves that song. You can't trust someone who doesn't like it.
#17
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right in the middle of London. I've got the graph here from the week
#18
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~ That goes on the road. ~ Yeah, but you can drive a tractor on the road
#19
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~ Yeah. ~ They'll fit it with a burglar alarm that will go off every time
#20
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and I'm deeply, deeply sorry.
#21
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And there's more hi-tech weaponry at this car's disposal.
#24
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It's almost undefeatable.
#25
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Basically - bear with me on this - it's the looks.
#26
Recap of Top Gear Season 22 Episode 1 (S22E01) - 27
Oh-ho-ho-ho!
#27
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So, would you drive a car designed by Weatherspoons?
#29
Recap of Top Gear Season 22 Episode 1 (S22E01) - 30
Stig using a very delicate steer. No whiff of understeer.
#30
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and serious stuff should live and Lamborghinis should be here,
#31
Recap of Top Gear Season 22 Episode 1 (S22E01) - 32
~ on the London Underground! ~ No, it was... Yeah, it was just...
#32
Recap of Top Gear Season 22 Episode 1 (S22E01) - 33
~ working your bottom off. ~ I haven't stopped yet. It's still...
#33
Recap of Top Gear Season 22 Episode 1 (S22E01) - 34
I was more nervous about today, doing the lap. Genuinely, genuinely.
#34
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Now, we'd better get on, I'm afraid, to the elephant in the room.
#35
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bonus on things you should spend your bonus on - his family.
#36
Recap of Top Gear Season 22 Episode 1 (S22E01) - 37
Who'd like to see Ed's first-ever driving lesson on television?
#37
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How do you actually walk about when they're that big?
#38
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cos if you get it wrong that's what happens.
#39
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And you, Ed Sheeran...
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on rivers.
#41
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Things wide enough for a horse.
#42
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~ OK. ~ Really, can we? ~ Yes.
#43
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Two ferries and a water taxi.
#44
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They were much quieter, but there was now another problem.
#46
Recap of Top Gear Season 22 Episode 1 (S22E01) - 47
While James sat motionless, I was now entering the city centre...
#47
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on his stolen mountain bike.
#48
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