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BBC Top Gear to film Isle of Man feature 6 October 2005

    BBC Top Gear are to visit the Isle of Man next week to film a feature for the popular motoring programme.

    All three presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are to take part. They will review three high performance cars for the seventh series which is to be broadcast this autumn.

    Filming will result in the Mountain road being closed between Ramsey Hairpin and the Bungalow from 9.30am up to 3.30pm next Tuesday (October 11). In the event of bad weather, filming on the Mountain course will take place on Wednesday or Thursday. In addition, the Sloc Road and Marine Drive, Douglas, will be closed when filming is taking place between Tuesday and Thursday (October 11-13). Road closures will only be enforced while filming is taking place.

    Tourism Minister David Cretney said: ‘I am grateful to the Department of Transport for granting these road closures to facilitate the visit by BBC Top Gear, and to the police for their assistance. I appreciate it may cause inconvenience for some people but I hope everyone will appreciate the benefits to the Isle of Man in terms of the publicity generated amongst the programme’s five million viewers in the UK.

    ‘We last welcomed Top Gear to the Island two years ago and the resulting programme was marvellous publicity for the Isle of Man. In fact it’s still being repeated on the satellite channels.’

    Andy Wilman, Top Gear executive producer, said: ‘I would like to say a big thank you to the Isle of Man for the unfailingly warm welcome that we experience on the Island. We love the Isle of Man – the roads are stunning and the opportunity to grab a few hours to film on them in complete safety will allow us to make some fantastic television and hopefully do the locations proud.’

    The new series of Top Gear starts on BBC2 on Sunday November 13 at 8pm. This will be the seventh series since the programme’s re-launch in 2002. Audiences for the Sunday night show regularly top five million in the UK alone and, with the programme now being transmitted on satellite channels, the global reach has exceeded 500million viewers.

    Full details of road closures are published in the Manx Independent this week. Top Gear will update local radio stations on when and where filming is taking place next week. Alternatively, for enquiries about road closures, call the Top Gear helpline on 07764 355076.

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