The BBC has released the first footage from the controversial Top Gear Christmas special shot earlier this year. During filming in Argentina back in October, the crew, including hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, had to flee the country under police escort when an angry mob started chasing them and throwing stones after allegedly being incensed by a license plate fitted to a Porsche 928 being driven by Clarkson.

The license plate read “H982 FKL” which some of the locals are believed to have interpreted as a deliberate reference to the 1982 Falklands War. According to the show’s producer Andy Wilman, the plate had not been deliberately chosen. He said it was already fitted to the car, which was purchased by one of the production staff.

The new Top Gear Christmas special will be aired in two parts on December 27 and 28. Some of the footage will also appear in season 22 of the popular television show starting early next year (a launch date is yet to be confirmed). Some of the cars expected to appear in the new season include the Alfa Romeo 4C, BMW i8, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the trio of hybrid hypercars from Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche.


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