Idris Elba

Automotive enthusiasts know the UK as not only the home of such legendary marques as Jaguar, Aston Martin, Lotus and Bentley, but also as the producer of some of the best car shows on television. But while Top Gear may have elevated Jeremy Clarkson et al to fame, it's the celebrity actor who makes this latest British car show stand out.

That actor is Idris Elba, who you may recognize from TV shows like The Wire and Luther or movies like Thor, Pacific Rim and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The part-time DJ also hosted a television special called Idris Elba's How Clubbing Changed the World, but in this latest special for BBC Two (the same station that produces Top Gear) is all about his passion for the automobile.

It's called Idris Elba: King of Speed, in which the rising star covers all manner of car culture and racing disciplines around the world. It was just broadcast last week after Christmas in the UK, but you can watch both hour-long episodes below - for at least as long as it takes the Beeb to sick its lawyers on it.