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Driven is a motoring television programme launched by Channel 4 in 1998 as a rival to the successful and long-running BBC series Top Gear.

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The Driven logo
Presented byMike Brewer
Penny Mallory
Jason Plato
Jason Barlow
James May
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes80
Producer(s)IWC Media
Running time24 minutes (approx.)
Original networkChannel 4
Picture format720x576 (anamorphic 16:9)
Original release13 October 1998 –

15 December 2002
Related showsTop Gear
Fifth Gear
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The style was similar to its rival, but with additional features such as the "Driven 100", a road test of three cars in the same class, where each car would be given marks for qualities such as practicality, desirability and cost of ownership. The car with the highest total score would be the winner. The programme launched with the concept that the presenters should interact with each other rather than present items on their own, as was then the case on Top Gear. The first series also featured a "headquarters", a racing team truck, set on a former air force base at which cars were put through their paces. These concepts resurfaced in the reborn Top Gear soon after.

Originally presented by Mike Brewer, James May and Jason Barlow, subsequent series also featured the rally driver Penny Mallory and the racing driver Jason Plato. During the show's run, both May and Barlow left the show to join the old format of BBC's Top Gear.

Following the creation of Fifth Gear and the revival of Top Gear, Driven was cancelled by Channel 4 in 2002. Plato went on to present Fifth Gear, May joined the newly relaunched Top Gear, Brewer presented ITV's Pulling Power and Mallory could be seen on ITV4's Used Car Roadshow.

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