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Top Gear or Zhuigaodang is a 2011 Chinese Hunan TV TV series adopting the format as made popular in the 2002 Top Gear Reboot, Zhuigaodang best translates into "Highest Gear".[1] The attempt is noted as being a toned down version of its British counterpart, and usually ran about 30 minutes in length.[2]

Top Gear
GenreMotoring
Created byHunan TV
Presented byCao Yunjin
Huang Zheng
Li Rui
Country of originChina
Original language(s)Mandarin
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes30
Production
Running timeapprox. 30 minutes
Production company(s)BBC Worldwide
Release
Original networkHunan TV
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseApril 23 (2011-04-23) –
December 27, 2011 (2011-12-27)
Chronology
Related showsTop Gear worldwide
External links
Production website

HistoryEdit

In February 2011, rumors started circulating that the Chinese TV station, CCTV, was looking to adapt the Top Gear format for the local market.[3] The following week, it was confirmed that not only were they looking to adapt, but had in fact already finished a pilot, by host Cao Yunjin.[4] Cao Yunjin went on to reveal that the pilot episode included a race between a Cadillac and a donkey to see which would be better suited and more efficient as farming equipment, he continued that they would not be able to emulate many of that which had made the original famous, but that they would still be doing "fun" stuff.[5] After almost a month of no further development, the first fifteen minutes of the pilot was uploaded to YouTube, but was swiftly taken down by BBC Worldwide.[6] While it was largely reported to have been made for CCTV, the eventual series premiered on Hunan TV on the 23rd of April 2011, and featured Huang Zheng, Cao Yunjin, and Li Rui as hosts, and also featured a local version of The Stig.[7][8]

EpisodesEdit

Episode Number Air Date
01 23 April 2011
02 7 May 2011
03 14 May 2011
04 21 May 2011
05 28 May 2011
06 11 June 2011
07 3 July 2011
08 10 July 2011
09 17 July 2011
10 24 July 2011
11 31 July 2011
12 7 August 2011
13 14 August 2011
14 21 August 2011
15 28 August 2011
16 4 September 2011
17 11 September 2011
18 16 September 2011
19 25 September 2011
20 9 October 2011
21 16 October 2011
22 23 October 2011
23 30 October 2011
24 6 November 2011
25 13 November 2011
26 27 November 2011
27 4 December 2011
28 11 December 2011
29 18 December 2011
30 27 December 2011

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Matt Elmes (2012) Top Gear China https://vimeo.com/47689387 retrieved 22 July 2018
  2. ^ Adam Sherwin (11 April 2011). "Toned down Top Gear for China". Motoring. IOL.
  3. ^ Tycho de Feijter (7 February 2011). "Exclusive: TopGear to get a China Edition". Tycho.com. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  4. ^ Tycho de Feijter (14 February 2011). "TopGear China Confirmed by Host". Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  5. ^ Tycho de Feijter (14 February 2011). "TopGear China Confirmed by Host". Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  6. ^ Tycho de Feijter (22 March 2011). "15 minutes of TopGear China". Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  7. ^ Tycho de Feijter (11 February 2011). "First Glimpse of Top Gear China". Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  8. ^ "最高档20110423期:节目首播 飙出汽车娱乐范儿". Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  9. ^ "最高档20111227期:中国第一台F1赛车:兄弟之星". MGTV.com. Retrieved 22 July 2018.