The archetypal television car show of the 20th century. Originally hosted by Angela Rippon but probably best know for Jeremy Clarkson's witty and sarcastic script.
Phrases like 'This isn't a car..it's a child of the devil' and 'We all know that small cars are good for us, but so is cod liver oil - and jogging' meant that Clarkson soon became more popular than the cars he was raving about.
Top Gear went up a gear and attracted millions of viewers throughout the eighties and nineties, and spawned a magazine and various copycat shows. (Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/ilove/years/1978/tv2.shtml)