There was a time when Top Gear was just a car review programme - a sober source of valuable advice and expert know-how. Then they decided it was time to have a little fun.
The lads are on a mission to build a bridge over the River Kwai, but first they must drive across Burma - a nation largely closed to Westerners - in three rickety lorries!
Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond with the car show that manages to be more.
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