02/09/2008

Dublin Gets Into Top Gear

The BBC hit show Top gear is to fuel its record ratings further when its live show takes to the road, and pulls up in Dublin.

The popular programme, presented by self confessed 'petrol heads' Clarkson, Hammond and May will be coming to the capital as part of a Great Britain and Ireland tour is also confirmed for London, Johannesburg, Sydney and Hong Kong.

The launch of the touring show - which is ostensibly about cars - saw the three presenters drive over London's tower bridge in a British army tank.

Main presenter of the show, Jeremy Clarkson, said the events would be an opportunity for people to come and watch the action first-hand - especially important due to the programmes current 18-year waiting list for access to be part of nomal programme's studio audience.

'Top Gear Live' will feature Jeremy and the Top Gear crew creating a real-life motoring experience on stage, "incorporating the drama of film and theatre with the thrills and spills of stunts and special effects", according to the BBC website.

The show is screened in over 110 countries and claims to attract a global audience of up to 500 million viewers.

Organisers are putting on 10 Dublin shows, and expect to sell about 30,000 tickets, with the cheapest tickets starting €75 for the 75-minute show.

The show will take place in the RDS from 27 November for four days.

(DW)

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