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Top Gear Patagonia Special

BBC Two - 8.30pm

Who's in it?

Britain's resident controversy-peddlers hit the road for their latest adventure – that's if they aren't chased out of the entire region by enraged locals, of course.

In a nutshell

Some of you may already know that this particular Top Gear special has not exactly been a stellar example of cross-cultural tact and diplomacy in action. There's been a little matter of references to the Falklands War that may or may not have been hinted at in car number plates, or something. The upshot is, Clarkson and co have once again ruffled many, many feathers, and basically come perilously close to igniting a whole new conflict.

Still, at the time of writing we haven't re-engaged hostilities with Argentina so the Top Gear special is good to go. And it promises to be as satisfyingly silly and man-childish as ever, with the guys racing a Prosche 928, a Lotus Espirt and a Ford Mustang. They'll be testing their aging supercars on a journey of over 1,600 miles across Patagonia – and that means corssing through swamps, roaring across deserts, and hitting the beaches too. We're very much hoping and praying this won't involve seeing Clarkson in his trunks.

What's the verdict?

Say what you like about the Top Gear gang, but they do take a sporting attitude to cheap xenophobic rivalry. After all, they'll be trying to engage the people of Argentina in a friendly game of car football. What could go wrong?

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