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In years past, those of us living on this side of the Atlantic were forced to wait months for the debut of a new Top Gear season, leading us to believe the episodes were shipped by the BBC via tramp steamer to save money. Sure, we could have streamed them off the internet, but that isn’t precisely legal and therefore can’t be endorsed.
Good news, American Top Gear fans: BBC America has heard your complaints, and it will air the new season of Top Gear on these shores beginning on Monday, February 4 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific.
That means we’re getting the episodes just eight days after they air in the U.K., which makes the series a whole lot more relevant to an international audience. Finally, we can share in the outrage, too, when Jezza alienates an entire country, race or religion.
As the video below (which may not be available to viewers outside the U.S.) shows, season 19 promises some memorable moments, including a road trip across the Southwestern U.S., capped off by a dash for the Mexican border. An African road trip has Clarkson, Hammond and May searching for the headwaters of the Nile River in a trio of aging station wagons.
Episode one will feature Clarkson building a car smaller than the Peel P50, May road-testing the Bentley Continental GT Speed and Hammond driving the Pagani Huayra before tossing the keys to The Stig. If you don’t have BBC America yourself, you have until Monday to make friends with someone who does.