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The Top Gear trio at the meet up in Australia

Series 22 was the twenty-second season of the hit BBC motoring show Top Gear, presented by the team of James May, Richard Hammond, and Jeremy Clarkson. The series premiered on the 25th of January, 2015 for what was planned to be 10 additional episodes, on top of the two-part Patagonia Special which aired in December of 2014.

However, the series was put on hiatus in March of 2015 after Jeremy Clarkson was suspended by the BBC following a fracas with a producer on the show; at the time, seven episodes of the series had aired. An investigation was conducted by the BBC after which Clarkson was dismissed from the show on the 25th of March, 2015. Subsequently, Clarkson's co-presenters Hammond and May announced that they would leave the show shortly after and the show's executive producer, Andy Wilman, also announced his resignation. As such, the series marks the final appearance of the show's iconic presenting line-up of Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond.

One final episode of the series aired on the 28th of June, 2015 using footage from the three unaired episodes of the series.

Episodes

Episode Film(s) Track Test SIARPC
1 (Patagonia Special, Pt. 1) The presenters head off on a 1,600 mile trek across Patagonia in three aging V8 sports cars, heading for Ushuaia, the world's southern-most city, in order to play a game of car football. Along they way they must deal with all manner of terrain as well as several mechanical breakdowns, physical injuries, and several sketchy bridges.  None None
2 (Patagonia Special, Pt. 2) Now back in Argentina, the presenters approach the climax of their Patagonian adventure as they continue heading for Tierra del Fuego. However, unforeseen events force the crew to take drastic action as they near journey's end.   None None
3 The presenters travel to Russia in an attempt to find the fastest way across the beautiful city of Saint Petersburg. With Jeremy on the water - in a disconcertingly large hovercraft, James defending the honour of the car - in a space-age Renault Twizzy, Richard on a bike, and the Stig once again baffled by public transport the race comes down to the wire. Lamborghini Huracan (Hammond) Ed Sheeran
4 The guys head to the Australian outback for a road trip, driving through the stunning scenery of the Northern Territory in three grand-tourers. Their trip sees the team camping in the outback, encountering crocodiles, racing through an open-pit mine, and a massive challenge to herd cattle. None Kiefer Sutherland
5 The boys attempt to revolutionize the Emergency Services by each building their own ambulance. Having made their creations, the presenters are told to meet up for a series of life-like challenges to see if their homemade ambulances have a place in the real world. None Daniel Ricciadro
6 Jeremy buts two new BMWs to the test: the i8 and the M4. Starting at the Top Gear test track with the M3, Jeremy then takes the i8 up the Yorkshire Coast in search of some fish and chips, before having to decide which he wants for the drive home. Also in the show, Hammond pays homage to the Land Rover Defender by driving it up a dam. Mercedes AMG GT (May) Margot Robbie and Will Smith
7 Jeremy and James take a look at the weird and wonderful history of Peugeot in a film involving artillery shells, corsets, and a trip to the desert. Also, James finally puts Ferrari's latest and greatest hybrid supercar - the LaFerrari - to the test on the glorious roads of Italy. Porsche Cayman GTS and Chevrolet Corvette (Hammond) Olly Murs
8 Richard Hammond is dropped into the wilds of Canada's British Columbia to test a watch with a built-in distress beacon. Unfortunately for Hammond, this time the watch's signal is to be received by Clarkson and May who are still in England, disinterested, and disorganised. Eventually, the team arrive, procure two pickup trucks, and set off into the frozen wilderness to find their colleague. Lexus RC F (Clarkson) Gillian Anderson
9 The boys head to the FIA World Rallycross championships at Lydden Hill where James is taken far outside his comfort zone as he is forced to enter in a professional race. To make matters worse, his support crew consists of Jeremy and Hammond. Top Gear USA host Tanner Foust decides to team up with James to save his dignity. Elsewhere, Hammond is in Spain to test the brand new Mazda MX-5. Jaguar F-Type R and Eagle Low Drag GT (Jeremy) Nicholas Hoult
10 The guys decide to investigate the strange world of classic car ownership and are challenged to each buy, what they believe to be, the perfect classic convertible for the English summer. Later, the guys are also challenged to each purchase a second hand SUV on the cheap and meet up for a series of challenges to see who got the best deal, with a punishment for the loser. None None

Unaired Episodes

Following presenter Jeremy Clarkson's suspension on the 10th of March, 2015 the final episodes of the series - episodes 8 through 10 - were pulled by the BBC. Footage from these episodes was compiled for one final episode, which was broadcast several months later.

Episode Film(s) Track Test SIARPC
10 The guys decide to investigate the strange world of classic car ownership and are challenged to each buy, what they believe to be, the perfect classic convertible for the English summer. Then, they must attempt to become true classic car owners by taking a drive in the country, tinkering with their engines, and participating in a track day. Subaru WRX STi and VW Golf R (Hammond) Gary Lineker
11 The guys are challenged to each purchase a second hand SUV on the cheap and meet up for a series of challenges to see who got the best deal. Their challenges involve watersports, caravanning, and an off-road challenge. Also, Jeremy is on and off the track in a trio of luxurious limousines. None Henry Cavill
12 Unknown. Unknown Unknown

Final Episode

After many months of speculation, on the 9th of June, 2015 the BBC finally confirmed that a final special episode was in production which would compile some of the unaired footage from the series. The episode will be the first in Top Gear history in which Jeremy Clarkson will not be featured as a presenter for the studio links. These segments will feature on James May and Richard Hammond.

The episode combined the two main features from the cancelled eighth and ninth episodes of series twenty-two which saw Clarkson, Hammond, and May partake in a classic car challenge and attempt to purchase the best second-hand SUV for less than 250 pounds.

A pair of teasers for the episode were revealed on the 9th of June, 2015. Later, the BBC announced that the 75-minute-long episode would air on the 28th of June, 2015.

Although the episode made use of the majority of the footage that was shot for the remainder of the series, there is still a number of films that were shelved and will likely never be seen. The main film that was to be featured in the tenth episode was being filmed at the time of Jeremy Clarkson's dismissal and was likely incomplete. Furthermore, Richard Hammond was due to review the new Subaru WRX in episode eight and Clarkson was set to conduct a power test of three limousines in episode nine.

Trivia

  • Filming of the series has been conducted in countries spanning a total of five continents, including North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Australia/Oceania. The only continent left unvisited was Asia.
  • The series marks the final appearance of Clarkson, Hammond and May as presenters on the show.

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