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The twentieth series of the BBC motoring show Top Gear, starring presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, premiered on the 30th of June, 2013, and concluded on the 4th of August, 2013. After six episodes, the series would be followed by a televised cut of the Top Gear: Festival Sydney live event 18 days later on BBC Knowledge.

Viewing figures fell dramatically to 5.31 million, close to 1.3 million less than its immediate predecessor, with only the premiere episode breaking 5.5 million views. It marked the show's lowest number of average viewers since Series 8 in 2006. This was most likely due to the show's halved filming schedule which had no time for a special to be planned and filmed.

Even though the series' fourth episode managed an unimpressive 4.83 million viewers, the show easily remained BBC 2's most successful programme, and was picked up for a twenty-first series, which premiered in February 2014.

Episodes

Episode FIlm(s) Track Test SIARPC
1 (144) Jeremy and James stage an epic race in New Zealand between a yacht and a car, racing along the famous Ninety Mile Beach. A new reasonably priced car is introduced: the Vauxhall Astra. Renaultsport Clio 200 vs Peugeot 208 GTI vs Ford Fiesta ST (Richard) Misc.
2 (145) Richard stages a demolition derby to find the world's best taxi, James races a motorbike against two parkour runners across the BBC television centre and Jeremy reviews the new Ferrari F12. BAC Mono (Jeremy) Ron Howard
3 (146) Jeremy, Richard, and James head to Spain in an effort to 'ease' the countries economy by having a road trip in three of the latest convertible supercars None. Benedict Cumberbatch
4 (147) The presenters attempt to build the ultimate amphibious vehicle in order to combat the regular event of flooding in British towns, by converting an old van into a hovercraft. Mercedes SLS Black vs Mercedes SLS Electric Drive (Jeremy) Hugh Jackman
5 (148) Jeremy and James attempt to find the ultimate car for caravanists, choosing from a selection of the newest CUVs. Richard heads to Italy for a review of two of the latest Lamborghinis: Starting on the Road with the Aventador Roadster, he heads to Imola to test the Sesto Elemento. Porsche 911 Carrera S and Singer 911 (James) Steven Tyler
6 (149) The presenters gather together to celebrate the magnificence of the British car industry in the series finale. As part of their celebration Jeremy reviews the Jaguar F-Type, Richard tests the new Range Rover Sport, and James tests the NBFL; the New Bus For London. None. Mark Webber (F1)

Production

The production of Series 20 was unusual in the sense that it immediately followed Series 19's, rather than a short hiatus in between. This was because the 2012 London Olympic Games had forced Top Gear off the air for an entire year, which presumably allowed a surplus of footage to be filmed in the meantime. This meant that it would air just three months after its predecessor had concluded, as opposed to the usual 6 months.

On the 24th of June, 2013, British-built vehicles would take over The Mall in London as part of the series finale.

Trivia

  • This was the last series of pre-2016 Top Gear to air in June. The subsequent two series would air in January.

Trailer

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Top Gear Series 20 2013 - Trailer

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