Top Gear Christmas special: The toughest road trip ever?

Back for the first Top Gear festive special in four years, Paddy, Freddie and Chris are taking on a five-day challenge they will never forget.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 27 November 2019 - 4.23pm
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Back for the first Top Gear festive special in four years, Paddy, Freddie and Chris are taking on a five-day challenge they will never forget.

Top Gear rose from the ashes in 2019, thanks to a new presenter line-up and revamped format which recaptured the spirit of the show’s glory years.

Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris brought charisma, sincerity, friendship and a whole load of silliness back to the motoring series.

Rather than getting bogged down in car technology and petrolhead banter, the series focussed on beautiful cars, stunning locations and the entertainment of three middle-aged men squabbling with each other.

Ratings were up, critics and TV fans loved it and as an added bonus, the BBC have given the boys a one-off special for Christmas 2019 – a TV moment not to be missed.

Where is Top Gear heading for Christmas?

Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris relaunch Top Gear Rex/Shutterstock

The 2019 special is being billed as "perhaps its toughest road-trip ever".

Including a high-altitude voyage from Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, to the Forbidden City of Lo Manthang, a secretive kingdom perched high on the Tibetan plateau, on the far side of the Himalayas, the chaps are going to be pushed to their limit for our entertainment.

The whole journey is a five-day expedition through the highest mountains, deepest gorges and harshest terrain on the planet.

What cars will they be driving?

Top Gear relaunches Rex/Shutterstock

Ah, the all-important question.

Unfortunately for the boys, the producers haven’t equipped them with the hardiest new 4x4s on the planet to battle huge rive crossings, mudslides and dizzying mountain passes.

Instead they will be tackling the journey of a lifetime in only a Peugeot, a very small old Renault, and Nepal’s first (and only) home-built car… oops.

When does the Top Gear Christmas special air?

New look Top Gear with Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris Rex/Shutterstock

BBC Two will reveal the air date and time for the special.

Series 27 is available to catch up on now on the BBC iPlayer. The presenter’s first series together included adventures in Ethiopia, Borneo and Iceland.

Perfect entertainment for a Christmas binge!

When is Top Gear back for a full series?

Paddy, Freddie and Chris have already begun filming and fans can expect to see them back behind the wheel very soon. We'd probably guess in Spring 2020.

Catch up on all the best TV on BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub,  All 4 and the BT Player on BT TV.