Top Gear

Stars in Fast Cars

Stars in Fast Cars was a relatively short-lived humorous motoring-themed celebrity gameshow series, in which various celebrities compete at motoring challenges, including recreating movie stunts and racing modified armchairs. The series was first broadcast on BBC Three, in 2005, and later repeated on BBC One in 2006.

Among some of the more notable moments were Car Skittles; a stunt where the guests had to drive on to the back of a moving lorry, before letting them all drive a Ferrari – with a bathtub of water attached to the back which they weren't allowed to spill. They were asked to race in a variety of motor-esque machines, from the aforementioned armchairs to Formula 1 cars.

The final round of each show, between the two top-ranking guests, features the use of the car cannon in attempts to hit various things.

The show originated as a one-off special of the popular BBC Two show, Top Gear, and was produced, as were a number of other television specials, in aid of charity Comic Relief. It was later turned into a series, presented by Dougie Anderson.




Stars in Fast Cars
Format Comedy gameshow
Starring Dougie Anderson
Country of origin UK
Language(s) English
No. of episodes 10 (plus pilot)
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel BBC Three
Pilot: BBC Two
Original run 20052006

Episodes and participants

This list is incomplete (episodes 3-10 are missing).


The Top Gear special feature for Comic Relief, first broadcast on 5 February 2005.

The pilot was presented by Top Gear presenters Richard Hammond and James May, with Jeremy Clarkson amongst the "stars" competing. The special featured a rare appearance on New Top Gear from Fifth Gear's Tiff Needell.


Episode one

This episode introduced the regular presenter, Dougie Anderson.


This episode recreated stunts from movies, and featured racing in modified armchairs and towing a bath full of water with a Ferrari. The two highest scorers after three rounds used the "Car Catapult" to hurl the car of their choice at giant coconuts.

Episode two


Other participants

The following notable people are included amongst those who took part in other episodes: Edwina Currie, Ben Fogle, Jilly Goolden, Ainsley Harriott, Jake Maskall, Nell McAndrew, Leanne Wilson, Reggie Yates, Trevor Nelson, Jennie Bond, Beverly Turner, Shane Lynch, Will Mellor & Rowland Rivron


  1. BBC press release, 8th August 2005 — about new programming for that season

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