Jeremy Clarkson admits classic Top Gear special was ‘amazing to watch’

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The former Top Gear host also praised the BBC Botswana Special and The Grand Tour Mongolia trip as personal highlights. Mr Clarkson revealed the three picks on social media after he was asked by a fan which special shows he enjoyed the most.

The social media user said: “Of all the Grand Tour and other previous motoring show specials, which personally did you enjoy the most and which did you not like the most?”

Jeremy quickly replied: “Botswana was great. Mongolia too.

“But the Middle East was probably the most amazing to watch.”

Released in 2010, Top Gear’s Middle East special saw the trio follow the journey of the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem.

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The trip documented a journey through the Turkish city of Aleppo, Syria’s capital Damascus and Jerash in Jordan before arriving in Bethlehem.

Each car was purchased with a budget of £3,500 with Jeremy picking a simple Mazda MX-5.

The show featured many iconic highlights such as NASCAR style racing around the Roma Hippodrome in Jerash.

The trio was also tasked with finding three gifts en-route to Bethlehem before finding a baby Stig lying in a manger.

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The show has been described as one of the best Top Gear specials ever-made after receiving rave reviews.

The trio was set to return to the Middle East in a Grand Tour special in season four but this was axed due to terrorism concerns.

The trip was set to run from Saudi Arabia to Cairo in Egypt but was taken off the series before filming began.

Jermy Clarkson previously revealed the plans in his Sunday Times column, blaming “sporadic and vicious terrorist attacks” for the show being scrapped.

He wrote: “This would be an epic journey, except it would mean crossing the Sinai peninsula.”

Jeremy added: “Thanks to ISIS, the chances of us all arriving on the other side with heads were slim.”

The Grand Tour visited Mongolia as part of the series’ third season which was released in 2019.

The episode saw the trio spending six days travelling across the Mongolian Steppe in a home-made off-road vehicle.

They were given small food rations and other supplies to make the off-roader before using it to escape to civilisation.

Jeremy also confirmed this was one of his favourites to watch despite previously admitting he hated filming the show.

In a previous tweet he said: “I really hope you enjoy the Grand Tour Mongolia Special as much as I hated making it.”

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