Top Gear Executive Producers name Ethiopia as stand-out experience during filming of new series

Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff on Top Gear
Paddy McGuinness and Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff join the new series of Top Gear. Photo: BBC

The Executive Producers of the new series of Top Gear which sees Paddy McGuinness and Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff join the team have revealed that filming in Ethiopia provided the stand out moment during the making of the new series.

Executive Produce Alex Renton described filming in Ethiopia was a “big highlight” for him.

“Having worked on the show for the last 14 years, I am lucky to say that I have seen much of the world and Ethiopia was a true eye opener. It is the first film that we will show of the new series and will be the first time that you will see the dynamic that exists between the three presenters. They are in the first cars that they owned and their reactions to these cars in this extraordinary landscape is amazing. Add to that a blindfold challenge, a TG high speed driving test in a quarry, a game of table football against the locals and a desperate attempt to keep their cars alive whilst driving through the hottest place on earth and we have a memorable series opener,” he explains.

Ethiopia was also an unforgettable experience for fellow Executive Producer Clare Pizey, who says it was memorable “not just because it was a truly epic adventure but also because I loved how much the presenters were affected by being in their first cars and also their amazement at discovering what a fabulous country Ethiopia is.”

Top Gear returns to UK television tonight (Sunday 16 June) at 8pm on BBC2.

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