BBC1

Top Gear’ with Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond

When the producer at Top Gear contacted us saying that he wanted to film Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond getting stuck driving through the narrow streets of a typical Italian town, we suggested they use Lucca as their location. It’s a beautiful medieval Tuscan town, surrounded by an impressive wall. Inside the walls, traffic is severely limited and the locals get around the winding streets on foot or bicycle. We negotiated with the local council to get complete open access to the whole town for free, including the pedestrian-only areas and the top of the medieval wall. The BBC crew numbered over 40 and required several filming vehicles and helicopter coverage. And, of course, they had to eat! As the on-location producers, we organized all the vehicles, local drivers, helicopter, catering, crew transportation, and equipment hire.

Jeremy Clarkson is famous for ad-libbing on set and changing scenes as he goes along, so Fabio had to find contributors and props on-the-spot – an old bicycle in a river, a woman with a dog, and so on! The final product was a great success and is one of the most viewed episodes of TOP GEAR on the internet.

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Australia

  • Anh Does Italy (7 Network)
  • Baby Boom To Bust (Becker Entertainment/National Geographic/Discovery)
  • A Current Affair (Nine Network)
  • 60 Minutes (Channel 9)
  • Swimming World Championships in Rome with Peter Overton (Channel9)

Canada

  • The Secret Life of Alexander the Great (Proper Television/History Channel Canada)
  • The Secret Life of Casanova (Proper Television/History Channel Canada)
  • The Secret Life of Pope Rodrigo (Proper Television/History Channel Canada)
  • The Secret Life of Caligula (Proper Television/History Channel Canada)
  • The Secret Life of Lord Byron (Proper Television/History Channel Canada)
  • Are We There Yet? (Sinking Ship/National Geographic)

UK and Europe

  • Fizz, Bang, Whallop (STV/BBC4)
  • The Cook Who Changed Our Lives (Keo Films/BBC2)
  • River Monsters (Icon Films/Animal Planet)
  • 'Hula' and 'Alien' (Sonera TV commercials, Also Starring)
  • Planet Earth 2 (BBC1)
  • Football Lovers Do (Scripps International Networks)
  • 5 Best Things to Do in Milan (Scripps International Networks)
  • Ahlstrom commercial (Cocoa)
  • Rasgas commercial (WMP Creative)
  • Gino's Italian Escape (ITV)
  • Kotipizza TV commercial (Also Starring)
  • Andrew Roberts' Napoleon (Back2back/BBC2)
  • Nelson in His Own Words (Oxford Scientific Films/BBC2)
  • Fire & Ice (Just So London/Dunhill International)
  • Jingles for NOVA, Czeck television
  • Mentors (Proudfoot TV/ Rolex)
  • Nike Photo Shoot with Mario Gomez (VCCP Berlin)
  • Masterchef , The Professionals (Shine TV)
  • Top Gear (BBC1)
  • Objects of Desire (Storyvault Films/Channel 4) with Mariella Frostrup
  • The Link (Lion Television/National Geographic)
  • Earthflight (John Downer Productions/BBC/Discovery)
  • The Gadget Show (North One Television, Five)
  • The Fig Leaf (BBC4)
  • Pope Benedict XVI (Juniper Television/Channel 4)
  • Could You Eat An Elephant? (Keo Films/Channel 4)
  • Rhodes Across Italy (Denham Productions/UKTV)
  • History of Science (BBC1)
  • Rat Pack (Fever Media Ltd/BBC1)
  • UEFA Championship Final, Rome (ITV Sport)
  • PM Salvage Code Red (Steadfast TV)
  • Dolce Vito (IWC Media/Channel 4)
  • Superswarm (John Downer Productions/BBC Natural History Unit)
  • Imagine (BBC2)
  • Canon publicity (Coast)
  • Blue Peter (BBC1)
  • Medical Mysteries (Scream/Fox TV)
  • Mr and Mrs Smith (Outline Productions/Discovery)
  • Urban Myths (Cineflix/Five)
  • Who Do You Think You Are? Sheila Hancock (Wall to Wall Television/BBC2)
  • Ancient Worlds (MEM Television)
  • The Northern Renaissance (BBC Scotland)
  • Greatest Dishes of the World (Shine/Sky)
  • Holiday Showdown (RDF/Five)
  • Country File Special Christmas Edition (BBC1)
  • Mark Steel Lectures . Leonardo Da Vinci (BBC2/BBC4)
  • Home Abroad (RDF/Five)
  • ‘Yn Enw Serch’ (In the Name of Love) (Boomerang TV/SC4)
  • Motor World with Jeremy Clarkson (BBC2)

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