• Dec 13th 2006 at 6:07PM
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The Hamster's back! We're pleased to report that after a miraculously brief recovery period following his mishap with a 300-mph jet-powered dragster, Richard Hammond is back in action, and so is Top Gear.

Richard was on hand today for the filming of the program's annual awards ceremony. While we never did get the point of awarding more than one Man or Car of the Year prize, Richard's colleagues presented him with one of their Man of the Year awards for his epic recovery and to welcome him back. And he sure deserves it. The folks at Lego, the skill-building toy to which Hammond previously attributed his rapid recovery, also presented him with a toy-block replica of the jet car that sent him plowing the field, as well as a replica of the Top Gear set, complete with little Hammond, little Clarkson, little May and little Stig.

And now with Richard back in action and with no further ado, the news you've all been waiting for: the new season of Top Gear is confirmed to air on January 28, only a month and a half away. Of course that's only if you get BBC2, but we won't be surprised to find the episodes popping up online at the BBC's website and intermittently on YouTube et al.

Welcome back, Richard, and welcome back, Top Gear. We've all missed you terribly.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      it's about time!!! Fifth Gear just won't cut it for me
      • 8 Years Ago
      Welcome back TG and Hamster! TG withdrawal forced me to watch Fifth Gear recently and its just awful. Bring on Jeeza, Hamster, and Captain Slow!
      • 8 Years Ago
      excellent news
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hilarious picture of the lego men! Not just "little Hammond", but "littlER Hammond"...
      • 8 Years Ago
      it's also going to be on BBC World, albeit at a later date
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thats great, I like Top Gear better then Fifth Gear.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh God Tim Lovejoy killed Fifth Gear.
      He is the dullest person ever put on TV.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yey, the Hamster!
      Congrats to everyone!
      Agreed, we MUST have TG here in the States!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      and i would so buy the top gear lego set
      • 8 Years Ago
      Now we just need to figure out who in the American media to flood with emails until we can all watch Top Gear in all its glory from the comfort of our couches, instead of chopped to bits on our computers.
      • 8 Years Ago

      I've been experiencing serious Top Gear withdrawl symptoms, despite the fact that I'm exactly one of those people Jeremy Clarkson hates (among others) namely one of those bearded guys who drive an old car. ;)

      Great to see Mr. Hammond up and well, now get back to work!


      • 8 Years Ago
      who really cares?

      no, we don't need it here in the states. we don't need it at all.
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