The host of one of the world's best-known television shows found himself stranded a small town in the B.C. interior this past weekend.
Jeremy Clarkson and his crew from the BBC show Top Gear — recognized by the Guinness book of World Records as the world's most widely viewed factual t.v. show — found themselves stranded in Trail, B.C. because of poor weather.
Quick question. What can 3 chaps do to kill time in Trail BC on a Sunday afternoon?— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) November 23, 2014
I should make it plain, we are marooned in Trail. This is full Planes Trains stuff. Even the temperature is correct: 1— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) November 23, 2014
Clarkson's twitter account was soon flooded with suggestions, including a tour of the local lead and zinc smelter, a visit to a local winery, a meal at an Italian restaurant and — strangely — an invitation to the local supermarket to learn how to properly butcher a goat.
Someone has suggested we go to their demonstration on how to cut up a goat. Not sure.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) November 23, 2014
In the end — despite low lying cloud — Clarkson and his crew were able to fly out of the town's tiny airport Sunday afternoon.
Uh oh, I think we might make it pic.twitter.com/4zv8pPqvMt— Richard Hammond (@RichardHammond) November 23, 2014
Top Gear had been filming in the South Okanagan and the West Kootenay over the weekend, and for the most part kept their location a secret, in order to film undisturbed.
Last week Jon Summerland with the Okanagan Film Commission told CBC News the show came to B.C. to film a segment with a Hennessey VelociRaptor, a Ford F-150 converted into a high-performance-SUV.
"Because the vehicle that they're going to be doing the show on, the Hennessey VelociRaptor, they wanted to show it in a variety of terrains, from highway driving, to mountains, to dirt, to climbing up trees, to going up snow, so British Columbia was hot on their radar," said Summerland.