Fifth Gear returns as the British magazine show dedicated to uncovering the most exclusive information about cars' performance. Motor sports alumni themselves, hosts of the show take you under the hoods of the latest speedsters and conduct tests and stunts to see what a variety of cars-from exotic to everyday-are capable of.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Fifth Gear - Top Gear (1977 TV series) - Netflix
Top Gear is a show that started in April 1977, as a half hour motoring programme on the BBC in the United Kingdom. The original format ran for 24 years up to December 2001. A revamped format of the show began nearly one year later, in October 2002.
Fifth Gear - Demise and relaunch - Netflix
Following many well-known presenters' departures during 1999 to 2000, the Top Gear audience fell from a peak of six million to under three million. In January 1999, following the departure of Clarkson, the programme was jointly presented by Quentin Willson and Kate Humble, who ran an ongoing test throughout the programme between reports. In July 1999, Brendan Coogan, who had joined a year earlier, left the show after being convicted of drunk driving. In 2000, Jason Barlow, from Channel 4's Driven, joined the existing line up for the final 53 episodes. The programme ran almost continuously between September 2000 to October 2001, and despite regularly being the most watched show on BBC Two, the channel decided the format needed to be dramatically refreshed. However, a special of Top Gear with Jason Barlow being the only remaining presenter — Vicki Butler-Henderson, Tiff Needell and Adrian Simpson having moved to Fifth Gear — was broadcast in 2002, with coverage of the 2002 Birmingham Motor Show from the NEC. In December 2001, the show was cancelled by BBC bosses in London, and in April 2002 Channel 5 launched Fifth Gear, a car show featuring many of the former Top Gear presenters, including Tiff Needell, Quentin Willson and Vicki Butler-Henderson. The show was produced by former Top Gear producer Jon Bentley. While most of the production team moved from the BBC to Channel 5 to create Fifth Gear. The name change to Fifth Gear was required, as in November 2001, the BBC would not relinquish the rights to the name of Top Gear (the corporation was publishing Top Gear Magazine). Jason Barlow was still under contract to the BBC and went on to front the new programme Wrong Car, Right Car, which ran for two series and 23 episodes. After the first series of Fifth Gear was completed, the BBC decided to relaunch Top Gear, but in a new studio based format as opposed to the magazine format used until the cancellation. The idea came from producer Andy Wilman and Jeremy Clarkson, who presented the relaunched show with Richard Hammond and Jason Dawe. James May replaced Dawe from the second series onwards of the current format. The pre-cancellation show is referred to as “Old Top Gear”, when mentioned on the new show due to the differences in style.
Fifth Gear - References - Netflix