The Grand Tour (2016) s02e05 Episode Script

Up, Down and Round the Farm

1 (TRAIN WHISTLE) (ENGINE DRONING) (CHEERING) Hello, everyone! Hello! Thank you so much.
Thank you.
Thanks, everyone.
Hello.
- (CHEERING CONTINUES) - Thank you.
- JAMES: Thank you.
- Thank you so much, everyone.
Thank you and welcome.
Welcome! And in this show, we have literally everything the motoring enthusiast could possibly want.
A shopping centre an explosion and a man banging a pole.
(CHEERING) Exciting stuff, isn't it? That That is all to come - but we start with this.
If you're wealthy and you have nothing to do all day long, you're going to develop a drink problem.
It's inevitable and it always happens.
Paul Gascoigne, Queen Mother (LAUGHTER) - James May.
- (LAUGHTER) But if you're from the United Arab Emirates, you can't do that.
So instead, they buy toys that run on the stuff that made them rich in the first place.
What, gold? No, James.
Not gold.
Go and have another gin.
That's why this week, I've taken The Grand Tour to Dubai.
So let's start out here.
And let's start with this.
Ah-ha-ha! Ha-ha-ha-ha! This is what's called a Sandrail.
A vehicle built specifically to play in places like this.
Whoo! Ha-ha! Admittedly, they were invented in the USA.
But here in the UAE, things are a bit more hardcore.
In America, they turn these out with 300, 400 horsepower.
Over here, they've dialled that up.
To 1500.
Ho-ho! And they run them on these incredibly aggressive paddle-style tyres.
Which means it can accelerate from 0-60 in under three seconds.
That's supercar speeds - on sand! Holy mo It's Roughing hell! I'm doing (BLEEP) wheelies! (EXHAUST BOOMS, ENGINE REVS) Jesus! Ohh-ho! That's insane! I'm in love! Keen to see what else the locals are driving, I headed back into town.
This is called the Ripsaw and it's built by a small American firm who specialise in extreme off-road vehicles.
Their customers are mainly the military and the people who make the Fast & Furious films.
However, if you have the money - uh look where we are - you can have a Ripsaw built just for you, as your own private run-about.
So, let's see what it's like.
Oh, and straight away we are in thumbs-up territory.
Gull-wing doors.
(ENGINE STARTS) Safety.
It's a tank.
I'm in a tank.
It's matte black.
Ha-ha-ha! I'm on the road! Because each Ripsaw is custom-made, there is no definitive price list.
But I can tell you, this one cost its owner around £300,000.
For that, you get what's billed as a high-end luxury supertank.
And if you're nine, which I am, it doesn't get much better than that.
On the luxury front, I've got air-con, electrically adjusted leather seats, stereo.
I mean, it's hardly a Bentley Bentayga in here but look at all the controls and switches.
I've got winches, work lights, a light bar.
And who doesn't want a Thunderbirds-style steering wheel? Ooh.
Roundabout.
Yeah.
Ooh.
Yeah, I'll be honest, visibility is a bit poor out the sides.
It should get marked down for that.
And it turns out visibility isn't the Ripsaw's only drawback as a city car.
So here I am at the shops, looking for a parking space.
As you do.
And Well, you can see for yourself.
They haven't thought somebody might turn up in one of these.
Thankfully, because the Ripsaw weighs nearly four tonnes, and is a tank, it can get round this issue.
There we go.
I think at the next management meeting, they'll be having a serious rethink about the width of their parking spaces.
Morning, shoppers.
To be fair, this is a very big shopping centre.
This is easier than walking.
It's miles.
Ooh, that reminds me.
I need to get cat food.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find the pet shop so it was time to leave.
I'm going to go out the way I came in.
I don't want to make too much mess.
And right now, you'll be thinking: how's he going to do a three-point-turn in that thing? Ah, this is actually better than that.
For in-town manoeuvrability, this is a tremendous feature.
I'm surprised more manufacturers don't fit it.
Although the Ripsaw is, in its own unique way, a good town run-about, it's definitely at its happiest out here.
With a huge 6.
6 litre diesel V8, the standard Ripsaw is acknowledged as the fastest tracked vehicle ever built.
But this particular Ripsaw is not the standard model.
In a normal state of tune it's 400 brake horsepower.
This one's been taken up to 700.
And 975 pounds feet of torque.
Nearly four tonnes of off-road tank travelling at 60mph perfectly happily.
It is mighty.
An equally surprising sensation is the ride.
I thought, because it's tracked, it'll just be solid and incredibly brutal.
But it has suspension.
More suspension travel than a Range Rover, so it's supple.
Suddenly, it's more gazelle than rhino.
This thing rocks.
And when it comes to bashing the dunes, the Ripsaw is in a league of its own.
A Land Rover Discovery can climb a gradient of about 45%.
This thing, 75.
That's damn near vertical.
Boom! Ha-ha! This is the moment when, in desert driving: "Oh, no! What's beyond? What's beyond?" But I'm not worried, cos I'll be fine.
Ha-ha.
Yeah! I've driven in deserts a lot, never in something that just feels this capable.
I mean, camels are good in the desert, yeah.
But this is better.
Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! What a device.
I love this thing.
(CHEERING) I want one, I want one.
Yep! - I really, really want one.
- I do.
Very nice.
Not bothered about that 1400 horsepower thing, but "that".
Yeah.
I must ask, though, can you drive a tracked vehicle on the road in the UK? - Well, the Army can.
- Apart from the Army.
You're not allowed to drive a tracked vehicle that's going to damage the road, but the Ripsaw's OK because the tracks are rubber.
And of course, because they're rubber, if you're a complete nincompoop and you crash into somebody's treasured BMW, it does less damage Did you see that? Did you know you had even done that? No.
It's a tank.
Which is why I love it.
And now it is time for us to pop into the post office of chat on Conversation Street.
(MELLOW JAZZ) Now as this is the start of a new year, we thought we'd have a look at some of the cars we we're looking forward to coming along in 2018.
It's actually quite a car-ry Conversation Street.
And I want to start with the Bentley Continental GT, cos that's been around for what, 15 years now? - Yeah, it is.
- 15 years.
Anyway, they've restyled it, given it an all-new look.
Here it is.
RICHARD: Wow, that is radical, isn't it? (LAUGHS) Yes, all they've changed What? Well, it's a good question.
Anyway, on the inside, they say it has "driver-orientated instruments".
As opposed to what? Yeah, no idea.
They say the central command screen is "retina quality".
I hope it's not my retina quality.
(LAUGHTER) It'll be sort of slightly blurry and a bit bloodshot round the edges.
Actually, if you defocus my camera you can see what it would look like.
- (LAUGHTER) - Like that.
Actually, that's better.
Yeah, to be honest, I wish I had your retina, - sitting here looking at you - it's better.
- I do.
So anyway, in short, this car looks the same as it did before.
It has a speedometer you can see and a satnav screen that's in focus, all for £150,000.
No, but actually, to be fair, for a W12 twin-turbo car like that, 150 grand these days isn't bad.
And And I bet that's a bloody good car.
- I think it probably will be.
- I bet you it is.
I bet that's going to be bloody good as well.
The only thing I don't like about Bentley, I wish they'd stop going on about all that Bentley boys at Mulsanne, and men in aprons making things.
I've got a bit from their from their blurb here.
With your blurry eyes, here he goes.
Retina quality reading coming up.
It's really not working, is it? Oh, so depressing! It says, "Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain".
But the truth is, that's a Porsche Panamera underneath and it has a VW engine, and a Porsche gearbox, in fact.
No, that's true but the chief executive of Bentley is called - Bunter Potherington-Smythe.
- Is he? No, he's called Wolfgang Durheimer.
- Is he? - Yeah.
A bit of a giveaway.
But that's exactly the sort of thing they should celebrate.
They should say, "Bentley.
Don't worry, it's reassuringly German".
Precisely.
That's what you want to hear, actually.
- There's a chance it might work.
- Anyway, have you seen this? This is the AMG Project One developed by Lewis Hamilton, so presumably it will have pierced door mirrors.
- Yeah.
- (LAUGHTER) - And tattooed bodywork.
- Yeah.
And when it gets to where it's going, the satnav says, "Hashtag blessed".
(LAUGHTER) Going to cost two million pounds.
Doesn't say whether that includes tax.
(LAUGHTER AND GROANING) (APPLAUSE) Cheeky, that is.
- Cruel but fair.
- Ha-ha-ha! A car I'm looking forward to driving this year is this.
That is the new BMW 8 Series.
And if it actually looks like that, that admittedly is the styling thing that they show the public.
But if it looks like that, I think it will be fantastic.
And I've heard that it will be available with a 6.
6-litre V12.
- That's a waste of time.
- What? Well, V12s actually don't make much sense, if you think about it.
Well, that's a bit of a sweeping statement, isn't it? No, seriously, cos you get all the complexity and all the thirst and where's the upside? Well, for a given capacity you get a greater number of smaller pistons which have a lower reciprocating rate, which means you can have a higher rev line on the engine, - and that gets you more power.
- (LAUGHTER) Has a point.
Yeah, the thing is, though, the power, the extra power you talk about, as a result of whatever it was you just said, is offset by the weight.
And they sound dreary, and all V12s depreciate like pianos falling off tower blocks.
No, they do.
Friend of mine, OK? He had a Ferrari GTC4Lusso, the V12 one.
Kept it four months and sold it, after four months - and lost £55,000.
- Ouch.
- In four months.
Four Yes! I mean, if he'd have had the V8, it wouldn't have depreciated that much.
Well, mainly because he wouldn't have wanted to sell it in the first place.
That is really good buyers' advice for everyman! We all now know This from a man who's just reviewed a £300,000 tank! (LAUGHTER) - Has anyone got an expensive car? - MAN: Yes.
- What? - MAN: Range Rover.
That's not expensive.
(LAUGHTER) A Range Rover.
We use those as vans.
(MAN CALLS OUT) What's the most A what? SVR.
Oh, an SVR is quite expensive.
- Is that with the V8 in it? - Yes.
- Do you not feel an idiot when you overtake? - No, Hammond, it's got a 1.
3! (LAUGHTER) With that supercharged V8 you feel like such an idiot when you overtake cos of the noise it makes.
It's genuinely embarrassing.
I'll admit OK, let's not talk about supercars anymore.
Try and think of something that isn't about Lamborghinis.
- Well - (LAUGHS) It is, as well! The car I most like the look of is this: it's the Lamborghini concept for (LAUGHTER) Actually made me do it.
It's called the Terzo Millennio.
I don't know if that's how you pronounce that: Terzo Millennio.
But thing about that car, interesting, it has super capacitors instead of batteries, which are apparently better, and a motor in each wheel.
You can see them, and they glow when it's running, which is cool.
But best of all, they say it has self-healing bodywork.
It's got nanotubes in it, which can detect damage, and then repair it.
- How does that work? - I don't know.
(LAUGHTER) No, they said they've been thinking outside the box to do it.
I think they've been thinking inside the pub, haven't they? With its self-healing No, but when that isn't a drawing any more and is a real car, and you went on a motor show stand and ran a key down the side of it, I bet they wouldn't say, "Well, that's good, now we can watch it mend itself.
" No, they might charge after you, bellowing, "I hope you've got nanotubes, chum.
You're going to get a kicking.
" (LAUGHTER) Things I'm excited about, it's actually out about now.
Renault have a pickup truck.
- Look at that! - What? - Yeah.
- Why? Because the whole world wants one.
Je suis un rouge neck.
- (LAUGHTER) - Je suis un nerd-kicker.
(LAUGHTER) I'm sorry to say that won't work, cos the Americans don't want a Renault and the French don't want a pickup truck.
ISIS like a pickup truck, don't they? - ISIS would - (LAUGHTER) - I'm just looking for a market.
- It's a good idea.
This is business, that's what you do.
- No, if Renault ship them all out to Syria - Yeah? "Oh, these crappy old Toyotas".
Shiny new Renault - it won't start.
It would solve ISIS in a heartbeat.
Global peace.
(MIMICS ENGINE SPUTTERING) "The drone's coming!" (MIMICS ENGINE SPUTTERING) They'll be blown to pieces.
Thank you, Renault.
Well done, saved the world.
Renault has saved the world.
- Who knew? - Yeah.
I tell you what I thought you'd like most of all for this year, is this.
I do like the look of that.
That is the new It's the Dodge Challenger Demon.
It's basically an even more powerful version of the Hellcat I drove in the last series.
840 horsepower.
And it's got those little wheels at the front because it's set up there for drag racing.
- But it looks like a T-Rex.
- What? It's ridic It's like that.
It's just stupid.
That's why T-Rexs died out, they couldn't reach anything.
Well, they were good at drag racing though, weren't they? But they they couldn't even pleasure themselves.
- Sorry? - (LAUGHTER) Well, how would a T-Rex pleasure himself? How has your mind even gone there? I'm telling you - Is that why they were always in such a bad mood? - Yes.
And that is the end of Conversation Street.
(CHEERING) Thank you very much.
Excellent, excellent.
Now Moving on, I would like to talk a little about hot hatchbacks, because I think they might be getting a bit silly.
The AMG Mercedes A Class develops 375 horsepower.
The Focus RS has 345 horsepower.
Why do you need that much power in a hatchback? - Well, James - Well, nothing.
Because I think it's time we all just calmed down a bit.
This is the Golf GTI, and it's a perfect illustration of what I'm on about.
Yes, it is quick.
And it should be quick.
It's got more power than a 1980s Ferrari.
But then again, it needs a lot of power because it's so big and so heavy.
The hot hatch wasn't always like this.
To show you what I mean, here's the original Golf GTI from 42 years ago.
And it's a very different animal indeed.
Now that car wasn't about massive rear leg room or a big bulky body, or a huge duvet of sound deadening, or all this equipment, or any of that stuff.
It was just about having a bit of a laugh, darting around in a biscuit-tin body of a car.
Sadly they don't make 'em like that any more.
Well, except when they do.
This is the Volkswagen up! - the smallest car VW sells.
And now they've made a GTI version.
A car that's been created to resurrect the spirit of that original Mark I Golf.
In fact, the similarities are uncanny.
Let's start with horsepower.
The original had just 108, and the up! GTI has a similarly modest 113, giving both cars a 0-60 time of around nine seconds.
It's also a little bit '80s retro in here.
For a start, you start it by turning a key.
There's no button to press for people who want to pretend to be fighter pilots.
You change gear using a stick and an old-fashioned clutch pedal.
I haven't looked in the boot but I expect there's a miners' strike in there, or the speeches of Margaret Thatcher.
However, one of the reasons the Mark I GTI was so much fun to drive was because it was so light.
But the up!, being a modern car, weighs a portly 200kg more.
So, with all that extra weight to lug around, is the new boy actually any fun on the move? Well, its modernity does pay under the bonnet.
This has just a one-litre engine with only three cylinders, but it does have a turbo-charger for a bit of extra oomph.
And it makes a fantastic growly noise.
Listen to this.
(ENGINE GROWLS) You don't get that in a modern Golf GTI.
It's all smooth and asinine.
Now, that noise There it is, there.
It's a bit of a cheat because there's something called a sound actuator under the bonnet, and it artificially pumps that growl into the cabin.
But so what? It's very satisfying.
So, the engine's a bit of a hoot.
And, despite the extra weight, the up!'s pretty nimble through corners too.
Yeah, you see, small chuckable enjoyable.
It is proper fun.
Feels like I'm doing hundreds of miles an hour.
You know what this is like? It's a bit like an '80s action movie where the same thing blows up ten times.
(EXPLOSIONS BOOM) And it's that compared with say, a CGI blockbuster full of amazing effects.
One is a simple laugh, the other is a bit too bloated and, frankly, up its own arse.
But even though the up! harks back to simpler times, it still comes with climate control, heated seats, Bluetooth, a reversing camera and, for when your 17-year-old borrows it, traction control that you can't turn off.
So it's quicker than it sounds.
It scampers around like a spaniel, and it's got just enough kick to make it comfortable.
But no more than that.
And it gives you all this for about £14,000.
Or, to put it another way, it's half the price of a new Golf GTI, and, I honestly believe, twice the fun.
I might actually want one.
(CHEERING) Nice little car.
Nice little car.
- It is.
- So (APPLAUSE CONTINUES) So that is that is interesting.
What you're saying is the up! GTI is half the price of a modern Golf GTI and more fun.
Yeah, and cheaper to run.
And actually, to be honest, it's more characterful.
So really the conclusion is that to own a Golf GTI, you'd have to be a moron.
To be honest, you'd have to be demented.
Shall we see how fast the up! goes round the Eboladrome? Oh, wait.
You own a Golf GTI, don't you? Yes, I do.
I knew somebody had one.
It's when you said a moron, that's when it all clicked into place.
Anyway, the lap.
Right, let's see what you've got.
JEREMY: And she's off.
A murky day out there, and I'm sure she'd rather be in a Golf.
Onto the Isn't Straight.
Actual standing water out there, but she's showing no fear at all.
Smooth line through there.
Now trundling down towards Your Name Here.
A Golf, of course, would have arrived hours ago.
She still isn't there! Come on! The little up-exclamation-mark GTI dawdling through there.
Golf GTI has a clever diff, of course.
This doesn't.
And now back onto the Isn't.
Perfect line along there And down the gears now for Old Lady's House.
Well, not yet but in a minute she will be.
Hang on.
Any minute now There she is, down through the gears.
Will it understeer through here? No, cos of course you can't turn off the traction control whereas you can in a Golf GTI cos it's a car for brave and brilliant people.
Right, down the Bumpy Back Straight to Substation.
It really is awful weather out there.
If she was in a Golf, it'd be sunny.
Uh right, just the last corner to crawl round.
There it is, and across the line.
(CHEERING) Right, let's find out where it goes on the board, shall we? Let's have a look.
- Ha! - (LAUGHTER) Literally the slowest car in the world.
Yeah, but it was chucking it down.
Come on.
So you're saying if it had been dry it would have challenged the Aston Martin Vulcan? - Yes, it would.
- Anyway, we must move it on because it is time to play Celebrity Face Off.
(CHEERING) Thank you.
And once again we are asking an important question, and it's this.
Who is the fastest person in the world who has a failed former career in a band? Well, to help us find out, please welcome Dominic Cooper and Bill Bailey! (CHEERING) Thank you very much.
Twins! They're literally twins.
- Hello.
- Welcome.
- Cheers, thank you.
- Have a seat.
- Welcome, gentlemen.
- Thank you.
Welcome, welcome.
I have to tell you, I had a great one last night, Dominic.
I actually met you in a restaurant just last night.
No, no.
Exactly, that was the problem.
I was with a couple of theatrical and film people.
I said you were coming on the show, and they went, "He's on the next table.
" So I went over and actually said to this person, "I hear you're coming on the show.
" He went, "What are you talking about?" (LAUGHTER) You went over to someone that wasn't me, persuaded by the people you were with that it was me.
- Yes but it was incredible - Who was it? He was a complete stranger.
He thinks Jeremy Clarkson Perhaps it was Danny Dyer.
- No.
- (LAUGHTER) No, no, no, no, no.
That is not fair.
So I made a bit of a fool of myself.
Anyway, right Well, thank goodness you hadn't done that before.
(LAUGHTER) It's a new experience.
- (APPLAUSE) - Phew.
That was a lucky escape.
Oh, dear.
Anyway, the link, of course, between you two is that you both had failed careers in bands early on.
- Yes.
- I wouldn't say failed.
I don't Fail, really? - Well - Interesting, uh What's success, in terms of a band? Well, OK, I think, were you not once, the band outnumbered the audience? - Every time we played.
- That's a failure.
- (LAUGHTER) - Is it? It is, I'd call that a failure.
Well, there was one particular gig in Greenwich where, yeah, there was one audience member.
- One? - Five band members, - one audience member, yeah.
- Oh, that's tricky.
You before you start with the What was your band called? Well, the band was called the Famous Five and there was actually four people in it.
- (LAUGHTER) - And nobody had heard of us, so it sort of didn't make any sense.
We We did have a photo shoot and the drummer was quite a vain man, and he decided what a great idea it would be to if we all painted our little fingers with black nail varnish, because that looked cool, right? Then we saw the photo shoot and it looks like we've all trapped our hand in a door.
- (LAUGHTER) - Just looks really stupid.
Now, I've got a question from Richard Hammond cos I was in a band.
We were talking about this the other day.
James May was in a band, He was in a band.
He still wears socks down the front of his underpants to do the show.
RICHARD: Whoa! What? He was wondering, did you ever put anything down the front of your I did not ask that! You did! You said, "Can you ask them what they put" You've written that down yourself! Well, I may have made it up a bit.
But you never went down that route? - Yeah.
- No.
- You did? - No.
No, no, no, never.
Did you? Well, very recently, cos I had to wear a lot of spandex in the thing I'm filming at the moment, all-in-one spandex sort of - This is Mamma Mia 2.
- '70s ABBA suit, yeah.
So we were all discussing, it was quite a logistical and quite problematic thing.
It makes you look like you have absolutely very little going on in that department.
So we had to decide whether, and what we would use to - Right.
- Do you know what I mean? What did you put down the front of your trousers? This is what Hammond was asking.
RICHARD: I wasn't asking, just to be clear.
I tried two make-up sponges at first.
- Two make-up - (LAUGHTER) Anyway, listen, we've got to get on to cars.
- You're united, I think, by a love of French cars.
- Yes.
- Cos you have a Citroen DS.
- I do.
- Beautiful.
- Which is beautiful.
- Stunning car.
- It's the most beautiful car ever made.
- There - I agree.
And it's a piece of work.
And why did you buy such a thing? Why? Well, because of the Icelandic volcano with the unpronounceable name, - Eyjally-jolly-joffakabl - (LAUGHTER) when it erupted and there was the big ash cloud, we were trapped.
We were in southern Spain, couldn't get home.
All the flights were cancelled.
The ferries were full.
We thought we'd get the train back through France but, of course, perfectly, the French decided to have a rail strike during the time of the greatest travel upheaval in recent memory.
"Non, I don't care.
I don't care about you.
" (LAUGHTER) But there's no flights.
"Non uh.
" So we (LAUGHTER) I just Just checking my blood pressure.
- (LAUGHTER) - So So what happened was we thought: let's just buy a car and drive home in it.
And then I thought: well, let's not just buy any car, let's buy the car I've always wanted to own.
So we found a little garage just outside Marseille and it was wrecks of every kind of French car you could imagine, but amongst them was this old black DS and it was a bit of a wreck, but it went.
- And it got you home.
- It got us home.
And then, over the last few years, I've refurbed it into its former glory.
- Do you still drive it around today? - I still drive it around today.
Now, you started on this Citroen thing.
Did you learn to drive in a 2CV? Yes, I did, in a field.
The thing about the 2CV is if you learn in one of those, and I've often wondered that, when you get into an actual proper car (LAUGHTER) don't you think: well, I don't know what anything does.
Cos the gear lever's all in a different place and everything feels different.
Yeah, the gear's all backwards isn't it? And it didn't help that my stepdad at the time put the engine in backwards so it had four reverse gears and one forward.
That's what he did at that particular point.
But they're so simple.
And the fan.
They had those fan They just had a fan, you just opened just a hole into the I loved the basic nature of it, you know? You could open it with just a screwdriver, a coin.
I had a I had a Citroen Dyane, which, if you can believe it, is the more basic version of the 2CV.
And I left it parked up somewhere and I forgot my key.
And I thought: nah, don't worry, I can break in.
So I broke into my own car and I got into the back seat and there was a child seat there, and I thought: I don't have a child.
Oh, no.
- (LAUGHTER) - Oh, dear.
And uh But it's very easy to put back together again, you know.
- For when the real owner comes back.
- Yes.
Cos your first car, not French, was that - No.
- It was a Healey? Austin Healey Sprite, yeah.
Oh, a Sprite, right, not a big Healey.
Not a 3000.
It's tiny.
I don't know how I dared drive it.
Actually, it was my brother's, and I needed to get to Stratford to do a play and I don't know why or how I had the nerve.
I wasn't insured.
The car had a hole about that high above the petrol tank so you could put 55p's worth of petrol in it, which would get you there.
- Had no wipers - wipers on strings.
- Like an Uber driver.
And one headlight.
(LAUGHTER) So what are you running now? The Healey: the Healey around London and an Audi RS7.
Hang on, so you still have the Healey, and Yeah, I got another one.
From eBay.
It works quite well.
- Really? - Yeah.
It's the only thing that's ever turned up, that I bought on eBay.
- (LAUGHTER) - And yeah, it's quite good.
Because it's interesting, you both drive old cars, and why would you? Because you are quite a speedy driver.
Oh, well, I like the speed.
I like to go fast.
How many points did you get on your licence at one point? Uh Well, all of them.
You know, I had 12 points and then I went over the 12 points and I had to go on a speed awareness course, and I've done that three times now.
So I'm quite used to that.
- So you do get pulled a lot? - Yes.
I was driving down to Devon and I forgot to put my seatbelt.
My bad, terrible thing to do.
I'd just pulled out of the service station, I hadn't had it on.
I was in the process of putting it on.
And anyway, so I got pulled over and the copper, he said, (NORTHERN ACCENT) "Right", he goes, "Now.
" He was from up north.
He goes, "Very dangerous, what you did there.
" I went, "Oh, yeah.
" He said, "You know the band Def Leppard?" And I said, "Yeah, I know the band Def Leppard".
He goes, "Yeah.
You know the drummer? You know, lost his arm? He wasn't wearing a seatbelt.
He was thrown from the vehicle, lost his arm.
" And I went, "Oh, right.
" And he goes, "His girlfriend, she was wearing a seatbelt.
Killed instantly.
" (LAUGHTER) What was his point? I don't know.
It didn't back up his story at all, did it? (LAUGHTER) Right, so anyway.
You came here, you did all this, and was it fun? It was great fun, on the track.
I just loved it, loved every second of it, yeah.
Trying to work out whose lap shall we see first.
- We'll go You're nearest.
- All right.
Shall we have a look at Bill's lap? - AUDIENCE: Yes! - Yeah.
- Let's see it.
- I'm very worried about this.
JEREMY: And away we go.
It's looking good today, the Jag.
- It is.
- Ha-ha.
Lovely lady of acceleration.
JEREMY: Few helmet issues there, if I may be so bold.
- BILL: I know.
- JEREMY: Jimmy Carr once BILL: Looks like I've been punched - JEREMY: A fat kid stuck in a lift.
- (BILL LAUGHS) That's a bit steady through there, but I agree with that, because otherwise it's a bit tricky when you get onto the gravel.
BILL: Yes.
JEREMY: Holding it nicely together into Difficult Bit One.
BILL: Tricky bit there, that was pretty good.
DOMINIC: You're so good at this! Oh, horrible gravel, horrible gravel.
Horrible gravel.
JEREMY: In to the gravel.
Holding it nicely through.
- That's very well done, got to be honest, Bill.
- BILL: Not too bad.
JEREMY: No, right, now into Difficult Bit Two.
BILL: This is tricky, this is tricky.
JEREMY: Oh, you're in the thick gravel now, that's I was in the horrible, nasty thick stuff there.
JEREMY: Slow you down.
Now, coming back on the track, very slippery here.
BILL: That's very slippery.
- BILL: Suddenly the - JEREMY: Oh! BILL: Suddenly you just There's a bit of fishtailing because - JEREMY: That's all right.
- BILL: you're back on the tarmac.
JEREMY: Right, now we're into the very fast bit now.
Very exciting.
(CHUCKLES MANIACALLY) (LAUGHTER) JEREMY: There's a man who likes a bit of speed.
And Oh, it's a couple of lines chosen for there.
And another one there.
Coming up to the final corner.
Little bit of understeer, but not like Casey the Bear Man had the other day.
And there we are, across the line, everybody.
- (APPLAUSE) - Well done.
- Well done.
- I'm furious, furious.
Looked good.
That did look good.
Now, Dominic, um You had a bit of a problem with - What's that? - Well, with one of your practice laps.
Would anybody like to see? AUDIENCE: Yes! - Which bit? - This bit.
Here he comes.
And onto the slippery bit.
Oh, oopsy-daisy.
DOMINIC: Yes, yes, yes.
Straight back on the track! JEREMY: This is what I love, keeping it going, yes! (CHEERING) That was very good.
Yeah.
It was a bad moment.
That was a bad moment.
Eventually, you got a lap put together.
- Would you like to see it? - ALL: Yes! - Here we go.
- It's just not going to be as good.
It always seems to take a while getting off the line.
I'm going to have to break quite hard into this corner.
- Aargh! - (LAUGHTER) OK, now you've got to Hang on, let's listen.
Oh, feathering the throttle through there.
That's nicely done.
Holding it as we head toward the gravel.
Yeah, you can see it starting to fishtail.
That is slightly bowel-loosening when it does that.
DOMINIC: Yep.
Very wide through there, through the It looks like it's manure.
Come on, car! - DOMINIC: Blaming the car.
- JEREMY: Cars respond when you shout at them.
It's what people don't understand, but they do.
DOMINIC: It's such good fun, that gravel bit.
JEREMY: That's tidy through there.
- JEREMY: Right, Difficult Bit Two.
- BILL: Tidy.
JEREMY: Sometimes tidy is fast.
Sometimes it isn't, I admit, but it is could be.
More fishtailing there.
You've got to try and get it right for this.
Can you do it properly this time? Yeah, look at that! DOMINIC: Now, this is the corner, this is the one.
JEREMY: It's greasy.
Was it very slippery? DOMINIC: It's hard coming out of the gravel onto the tarmac.
Be confident! Keep going, keep going! JEREMY: It is exciting because you're supposed DOMINIC: As though I'm going to stop.
JEREMY: It's just Ooh, there's another one Ooh, shall I turn? Ooh, maybe not.
There we go, coming up now to the last corner.
You can lose so much time here, but I don't think you are doing there.
And there we are, across the line, everyone.
(CHEERING) - Well done.
- Thank you.
- That is such fun.
- Oh, the best.
I've got the times here.
(CLEARS THROAT) Oh-ho-ho - Bill Bailey.
- Yes.
- It's a 1.
25.
1 is what it is.
- All right, then.
- Now, it's a good time.
- (APPLAUSE) A greasy track out there.
- It was wet.
It was wet.
- Greasy.
Yeah, no question.
That's a greasy track out there, and that's pretty good.
- Times we've been having, that's ballpark.
- OK.
They've been in the dry so you can be proud.
Dominic Cooper.
(GASPS) One twenty - 3.
6.
- (APPLAUSE) BILL: Well done.
- Congratulations.
- I thought I'd failed! So there we are, ladies and gentlemen, let's get this right, shall we? It's Bill Bailey and the fastest person with a beard who went on into either stand-up or acting with a failed early career in a band, - Dominic Cooper! - Yay.
(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) - Thank you, gentlemen.
- Very good.
Now, if you go on the Internet, there's lots of films on there with people skidding around in cars.
I've got an example here of what I'm on about.
(TRAIN HORN) (APPLAUSE) Yes, yes.
I know what you're thinking.
You're thinking: Oh, that's very impressive.
You're thinking that's very impressive, but is it? Well, yes, it is.
That's the thing.
I don't think it is.
Anyone could do it.
- Well, no they couldn't.
- They could, seriously.
Because every time you make a mistake you cut to a shot of the rev counter, or changing gear.
Yeah? Or your face looking a bit heroic, and then you get back to the action again.
It's just editing.
I think it's a bit more complicated than that.
No, it isn't, honestly.
And I decided to prove my point by making a skidding-about film of my own, OK? - (LAUGHTER) - No, it's really simple, OK? You just need a pretentious opening with some smoke and then lots of shots of me looking heroic like that.
(LAUGHTER) - Why are you doing that? - So I look heroic, like that.
- Well, you don't.
- I do, and I will.
- This will be good.
- It is.
- I bet it isn't.
- It is.
(CAR DOOR SLAMS) (ENGINE STARTS, REVS) (BLEATING) (DRONE OF ENGINE) (HORN BLARES) (TYRES SCREECH) (HORNS BLARE AND BEEP) (BLEATING) (CHEERING) Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.
Why have you stopped it? Why did you stop it? Because Because it's rubbish.
It isn't rubbish.
The ladies and gentlemen were enjoying it.
Were you enjoying that? - ALL: Yes! - Exactly.
Why did you stop it? Because the whole thing is fake.
What was faked in that? All right, take that rev counter shot for a start.
Pull it up, let's have a look.
OK, so you are doing 6750rpm and no miles an hour.
(LAUGHTER) Speedometer was broken.
- Was it? - Yes, it was.
What about that bit where your feet were dancing around on the pedals? - You know, that bit.
- Skilful work.
- Really? - Yeah, it was.
Would anybody like to see the unedited footage of how he did that? - ALL: Yes! - Yes we would, we would yes.
- Is there a GoPro in here? - Yeah.
So I can get my feet wiggling around on the pedals and we can cut that in? - Yeah.
- Good.
Heel and toe, heel and toe Shall we wobble the car a bit as well? Yeah, rock it.
And then drop these in just every so often.
Yeah.
Do the gear change as well.
We can paint the windows out.
Do we need to get a rev counter shot, Phil? We'll just We'll just stick a camera on here.
- Like that, on there.
- OK.
We can use that one from the footwell.
Yeah.
Got it? Totally convincing.
I'm keeping it so that it looks like it's in gear, you know, not just revving it: (MIMICS ENGINE REVVING) JEREMY: No, wait.
Wait.
Wait, wait, wait.
And then Then there was that bit where you were doughnuting around in the barn, remember that? - Can we remember that? - What about it? Who would like to see the rushes of that one? - (CHEERING) - Let's see what was on the cutting room floor.
What scene's this, scene four? Scenes two to seven in-car.
So I just look heroic.
Yeah, but you've really got to throw it in and give it a bit of oppo, yeah? Yeah.
I can do that.
20 years of practice.
Farmkana, the introduction.
Take one.
Handbrake! Had an accident.
Damn.
- (CLANG) - Oh, shit.
- Got it? - Yeah.
- I look pretty good.
- Nice one.
It it didn't, it didn't look good though, did it? No, and on that terrible disappointment No, no, no.
No.
- No, no, no.
- We haven't got time for any more of your nonsense.
Oh, yes, we have, cos we haven't got to that bit yet where you slid through the gate, remember? - Oh, for God's sake! - Who wants to see what happened there? - Nobody does! - The truth.
Speed.
Farmkana: The Gate.
Take one.
Let's do this! Oh, shit.
I may have clipped something there.
Damn.
Sorry about that, Phil.
Well, from now on we just Why can't we shoot everything from the other side? I can't do that cos the car's turning around all the time.
I can't just film from one side.
It's going to look absolutely terrible.
But if you You can barely see that.
Well, you can, look, it's Why don't we just mend the fence and have another go at it? The Gate.
Take two.
Concentrating, concentrating.
And turn, and flick! Oh, dearie me.
He's done it again.
What a massive twat.
- You just can't do it.
- I can.
- You can't.
- Well, I clipped it once.
I'm getting better.
It's still not going through smoothly, is it? Could you just rebuild it once more, honestly? I think I know what the problem is.
My angle's too shallow.
So I'm going to come up this side of the bog and swing it round.
The Gate.
Take three.
PHIL: Action when you're ready.
Turn yank, let go, power.
PHIL: Action when you're ready.
Right, here we go.
And handbrake! Oh, shit, that's the bloody What happened was You won't believe this, but I went for the handbrake, but I changed into second by mistake.
- Properly wedged it in there.
- Yeah.
Well, at least we don't have to reset the gatepost again.
Exactly.
There, you see.
That's the sort of bright thinking I like.
That's not a good thing, though.
- What? - Cos that's worse.
Phil, let's get the other guy in the car.
Can somebody get Mark? - Oh, don't show this.
- I should explain.
That is three-times British Rally Champion Mark Higgins.
(LAUGHTER) If you just drive through there about - I was doing about 85, 90.
- Right.
And I wasn't quite getting it.
So if you could just come through there, sideways, power up and power out.
Right.
Thing is, you'll have to wear that.
It's me - it's what they use in Hollywood.
Yeah, but how can I see through them? Yes, you do.
Just look through the slits.
Put it on, seriously, it works.
This is what they use.
All Hollywood stunt drivers use them if they want to look Then you and just It's like looking in a mirror.
- That is Look.
- What? Seriously, can you tell that that's not Look at this.
Identical.
Now, put your helmet on.
- What, on top of this? - Yeah.
(LAUGHTER) (APPLAUSE OVER DIALOGUE) Shall we see what Mark looked like with the helmet on? - Yes.
- Shall we? (LAUGHTER) It's uncanny, it really is, look at that.
What it is is wanton cruelty on your part.
But anyway, listen.
I did use Mark for that one scene, I admit.
Yeah, you did.
It's a shame you didn't use him for the sheep-herding scene though, isn't it? - Don't show that.
- (LAUGHTER) No, no seriously, do not show that.
PHIL: Action, Jeremy, when you're ready.
So I've got to get these sheep in that pen in the far corner, in an exciting and exuberant YouTubey way.
Here we go.
Speed and power, that's the solution.
(THUD) Duh uh, nothing! - Right, just get these stragglers - (THUD) - Don't go - (THUD) - Come on! - (THUD) Oh, shit! (SHEEP BLEATING) I can't believe this.
Listen, you can either round them up really slowly, which is quite boring television, or you can give it some of that.
And if you give it some of that, which is exciting for the ladies and gentlemen, you're inevitably going to hit some sheep.
You've done one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, 11 sheep.
And broken the windscreen.
I think the windscreen is the least of our worries, to be honest with you.
Well, not really, not for continuity, cos it's hard to cover that up.
This isn't how they do it on the normal film.
Well, how do they do it? - Well, he doesn't crash it every five minutes.
- I haven't crashed it.
You have crashed it, and you've killed things now.
Well, a bit (LAUGHTER) (APPLAUSE) - What? No.
- (APPLAUSE CONTINUES) Please, don't Don't clap.
He's a murderer.
They they would have been jumpers by now, or Sunday lunch.
It's not the end of the world.
No, all right, but the next bit nearly was, wasn't it? How the (BLEEP) How am I going to film with that? JEREMY: Phil? - (HORN BEEPS) - Rolled it.
Just make it go the other way up, whenever you've got a moment.
Now I know what it's like to be Richard Hammond.
Thanks, chaps.
- We can edit that out.
- No, we can't.
Look at it.
What? Look at what? The door This, look.
I can't do any of the drone shots now.
This is all smashed to bits.
This is wrong.
- You're such a fusspot.
- Oil's come out of it.
Honestly.
It still works well.
Pull that towards - Completely - You haven't asked about me.
You're fine, aren't you? You've got your helmet on.
(LAUGHTER) - No.
- They didn't care.
I was risking my life for the ladies and gentlemen.
Nobody cares.
- What? - Right, all right.
Let's move on to the end of your film.
The big finale? Which was brilliant.
- Hmm, yeah.
Well, it wasn't, was it? - Yes, it was.
No, well, this is the bit, ladies and gentlemen, where Jeremy attempted to jump over a river.
- I did jump over a river.
- No, you didn't.
- I did.
- No, you didn't, as we shall now prove.
Dyke Jump.
Take one.
PHIL: Action, action.
JEREMY: Let's do this! (ALARM WAILS) (TOOTS HORN) Sorry! PHIL: What a prick.
JEREMY: Erm (HORN BEEPS) Really (BLEEP) it now.
Yeah, no, I think that's pretty much had it.
- Look at it, look at it.
- I know! - I've We've - We haven't got an ending.
- You're supposed to go over.
- We'll just use another car.
- It's the big stunt.
- I've got a backup car.
We'll use that.
Is that it? Is that enough now? - Nearly.
- No.
Right, hold on.
Hold on, hold on, hold on.
- Let's move on, shall we - You're not still going on about No, I am, because I think we would like to see the grand finale of Jeremy's film and his backup car, yes? - ALL: Yes! - Yes, right.
Oh, shit.
(SMASHING) JAMES: No.
No, I'm sorry.
Hold on.
Your backup car, it was an Audi.
OK, who here Who here noticed that was an Audi? ALL: Yes! Yeah, so everybody noticed that because it was obvious.
I tell you what, why don't you explain to everyone how magicians cut a lady in half in a box? - I don't know how that's done.
- Exactly, cos it's magic! People don't want to know how it's done.
And nobody wanted to know how I had made my film.
And you told them, and now you've spoiled everybody's year.
- Year? - And on that terrible disappointment, it is time to end this time.
Thank you so much for watching.
I'm sorry about these two.
See you next time.
Goodbye.
(CHEERING)