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Top Gear Christmas Special: Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris in awkward clash as tempers flare in Nepal

It wasn’t all smiles between Paddy and Chris (Picture: BBC)
The Top Gear Christmas Special saw presenters Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris taking the ultimate commute through Nepal armed only with city cars not best equipped to deal with mountain passes and waterfalls.

It proved to be a real endurance test – even testing the bonds of friendship between Paddy and Chris, who clashed several times on the trip in a series of heated arguments.

The trio was dispatched to drive the distance between capital city Kathmandu and the Forbidden City of Lo Manthang with a twist – using city cars usually used for an hour or less commute.

Tensions seemed to rise as the trip went on as the lads became more and more tired thanks to their time on the road.

It all seemed to come to a head when the boys stopped to fill up their cars with essential fuel. A visibly annoyed Chris had to fill up Paddy’s car himself, as the Take Me Out comic refused to because there were ‘no plastic glove..

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/12/2019 - Programme Name: Top Gear Series 28 - TX: n/a - Episode: Christmas Special Nepal (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris - (C) BBC Studios - Photographer: Lee Brimble
It wasn’t all smiles between Paddy and Chris (Picture: BBC)

The Top Gear Christmas Special saw presenters Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris taking the ultimate commute through Nepal armed only with city cars not best equipped to deal with mountain passes and waterfalls.

It proved to be a real endurance test – even testing the bonds of friendship between Paddy and Chris, who clashed several times on the trip in a series of heated arguments.

The trio was dispatched to drive the distance between capital city Kathmandu and the Forbidden City of Lo Manthang with a twist – using city cars usually used for an hour or less commute.


Tensions seemed to rise as the trip went on as the lads became more and more tired thanks to their time on the road.

It all seemed to come to a head when the boys stopped to fill up their cars with essential fuel. A visibly annoyed Chris had to fill up Paddy’s car himself, as the Take Me Out comic refused to because there were ‘no plastic gloves’ at the station.

In his anger, Chris then proceeded to pretend to hand Paddy the keys to his car back, before throwing them out of shot and walking off.

Don’t worry though, as there was no long-lasting animosity between the two. There wasn’t any time for it, to be perfectly honest, as Paddy himself was nearly the victim of a nasty on-screen accident involving Chris’ car.

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The boys were travelling through Nepal as tempers began to fray (Picture: BBC)

In our review of the new special, we called it an un-festive, yet hilarious, thrill ride that was part Indiana Jones, part Carry On Up The Khyber.

As well as the new special, however, fans are also getting treated to a full series of hijinks in the New Year.

The first trailer for the next run of episodes has just been released – and features the stomach-churning sight of Freddie Flintoff bungee jumping inside a car.

Yes, you read that right.

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The new minute-long clip is set to The Sugar Hill Gang’s Apache and shows the threesome travel far and wide, including Peru and Switzerland.

Clearly out of their comfort zones, the trailer begins with Freddie attempting to bungee-jump a bright red Rover Metro Cabriolet off a 500ft Swiss dam.

‘At this point, I wish I’d done Strictly,’ Freddie confesses as he braces himself for his vertigo-inducing activity.

The Top Gear Christmas Special is available now via BBC iPlayer. Top Gear Series 28 debuts early in 2020 on BBC Two.

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