In the first episode of a two-part season 21 special, Jezza, Hammond and May meet up in the old capital of Burma, Rangoon. Here they’re set the challenge of travelling north to build a bridge over Thailand’s River Kwai..
To do this, however, the trio must first drive across a country which has been pretty much closed to Westerners for the last 40 years.
Furthermore, they must embark on this journey in three lorries, each bought sight unseen from the internet for a limited budget. This being Top Gear, things turn out not quite as the boys had hoped.
What follows is an epic journey of beautiful scenery, regular adversity, the traditional malfunctions and the constant bickering of three badly dressed buffoons.
Part 1 of this adventure airs at 8:00pm on Sunday, 9 March, 2014 on BBC Two, so sit back and enjoy.
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Jeremy, Richard and James are battling their way through Burma in three ancient and barely functioning lorries.
Having forded rivers, climbed mountains and endured a Burmese trucker stop, the three amigos must now venture into the Shan state, an area rife with civil war and usually off limits to western TV crews. From here they must push on towards Thailand and their final challenge – to build a bridge over the River Kwai.
Part 2 broadcasts on BBC Two at 8:00pm on Sunday, 16 March, with series catch-up available online via BBC iPlayer.