Top Gear Vietnam Special

BBC Television, 2008

Hanuman Films was selected as the partner for the BBC Top Gear Vietnam special. Top Gear is one of the BBC’s best known programmes. The Vietnam special involved an epic bike journey from Saigon to Hanoi: Jeremy Clarkson on a Vespa, Richard Hammond on a Minsk and James May on a Honda Cub. The show ends with the conversion of the bikes into amphibious boats to explore Halong Bay. It was quite a James Bond experience filming with six speedboats and a helicopter to capture all the angles. Nick Ray worked as Line Producer on the shoot and coordinated everything from filming permissions to motorbikes and amphibious with a crew of 15 production staff in Vietnam. The shoot was a great success and the show received rave reviews in the UK press and around the world.

Locations: Saigon, Hanoi, Dalat, Hoi An, Hue, Nha Trang and Halong Bay.

Talent: Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May