Top Gear team plan Christmas trip

Top Gear's trio of presenters are set to follow in the footsteps of the original three wise men as they drive through Iraq for a festive challenge.

After ensuring that they havevehicle breakdown cover in place, they will drive open-top sports cars across Syria and southern Turkey as part of their pilgrimage to Bethlehem in the Christmas special of the show.

The presenters regularly embark on epic long-distance journeys, with past episodes seeing them race each other through Vietnam and Bolivia as well as across the Arctic.

Jana Bennett, director of BBC Vision, said: "BBC Television is committed to providing the greatest range of programmes of any broadcaster across the festive season, bringing friends and families together with big moments such as Doctor Who, The Royle Family and Top Gear and a great range of new comedy and drama."

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