Top Gear: Ambitious But Rubbish

Season 1
 (56)
2014TV-PG
This compilation show presented by Richard Hammond takes a look back at Top Gear's most famous creations from the past 21 seasons. Relive many of the greatest and boldest endeavors in all their splendor, including the Train-Cars, James' Caravan Airship, the Hammerhead Eagle-i Thrust and the Hovervan.
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Richard Hammond
Genres
Documentary
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Episode 1
    October 13, 2014
    47min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Host Richard Hammond looks back through the Top Gear archive at some memorable moments of ineptitude that illustrate the Top Gear phrase "Ambitious but Rubbish." The premiere episode includes the creation of the world's first convertible minivan, James May attempting to drive up an Icelandic Volcano with an unpronounceable name, and the boys have a go at building some budget police cars.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    October 20, 2014
    48min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In the second episode, host Richard Hammond guides viewers through another batch of stunts and challenges from past episodes of Top Gear. Highlights include an attempt to cross the English Channel in homemade amphibious cars and building off-road mobility scooters.
  3. 3. Episode 3
    October 27, 2014
    49min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Host Richard Hammond continues to relive moments from the world's biggest car show in Top Gear: Ambitious But Rubbish. Tonight's episode includes an attempt to find the best bus for London's streets, building a caravan airship, and creating a dual purpose combine harvester-based snow plough.
  4. 4. Episode 4
    November 3, 2014
    50min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Host Richard Hammond shares more disastrous outcomes from the history of Top Gear, including building the world's first hovercraft van, attempting to solve the thorny issue of CO2 emissions from cars, as well as having a go at launching a Reliant Robin into space.
  5. 5. Episode 5
    November 10, 2014
    49min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    This week, viewers get to relive the Top Gear team's attempts to constructing a V8-powered rocking chair, building Top Gear's own electric car, and making the world's first caravan-based train.
  6. 6. Episode 6
    November 17, 2014
    49min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Richard Hammond continues to present unforgettable moments from the Top Gear archive. Tonight's highlights include creating stretch limos based on European cars, giving a Mercedes S Class a country cottage style make-over, and Jeremy Clarkson making a public information film.
  7. 7. Episode 7
    November 24, 2014
    48min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tonight's episode looks back at some of Top Gear's most inept moments which include creating a V8-powered food blender and building a Caterham car in a race against the Stig.
  8. 8. Episode 8
    December 1, 2014
    50min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In the season finale, host Richard Hammond guides viewers through another batch of the most disastrous outcomes from past seasons of Top Gear. Tonight's episode includes building an old, people-friendly car, creating motorhomes more suited to British roads, and making a public information film for cycle safety.

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EvanReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Don't buy this if you already own most Top Gear Episodes
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This was not worth it for me. It's literally just Richard Hammond introducing a clip for 30 seconds to a minute, usually not even saying anything particularly funny and then they stitched together some clips from old Top Gear episodes... i found that the top gear A to Z was much better because it actually had interviews from some people they've had as guests on the show. And I believe the Top Gear A to Z is actually free with Prime Video.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on July 24, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent for those looking for the highlights of Top Gear
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Excellent for those that want to see their highlights of Top Gear, but don't expect to see the full clips or anything similar to the show. The segments included are fairly close to being complete and are all fan favourites. Each segment features a short introduction and conclusion by Hammond with Clarkson and May absent until the clips. However, do be advised that some segments have a few parts cut out, but for most unless you have memorized the show you, probably won't notice and it will still be an entertaining experience.

If you enjoy watching the Top Gear trio build new things, but do not want to buy full episodes just to watch twenty minutes of it, this is a good buy for you. However if you are a fan of the news, star in a reasonably priced car, or car reviews, you may want to pass on it and purchase full episodes instead.
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CoryReviewed in the United States on October 20, 2017
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Five Stars
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Good overview of some of the best challenges from Top Gear
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nevansReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
I love Top Gear
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re-editing of old stunts. I like Richard Hammond so not disappointed.
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RoyalyacoubiReviewed in the United States on May 29, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
don't waste your money and buy it unless you've never watched ...
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This is top gear, so I can't give it anything but 5 stars. with that been said, don't waste your money and buy it unless you've never watched top gear...these are clips from the original TG. nothing new.
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Brian SimpsonReviewed in the United States on July 29, 2017
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Five Stars
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Excellent show.
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AdamReviewed in the United States on December 29, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
All reviews of what you've seen before, but still great
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none of this is new material. But I laughed all over again. Totally worth it if you are in the between season rut that I was in.
Michael WinegarReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2015
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Five Stars
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Great extra episodes of TopGear. I love the British version and these are a joy to watch.
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