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Be on the show

Studio Cameraman

Ever wanted to have your left arm, or the back of your head, on TV? Well now's your chance to possibly have some small part of your body seen by the whole world.

As you've probably noticed, each week on Top Gear we invite around 200 people to join us in the studio. Our new, higher capacity hangar means that we can now double the number of people to 400. Which was essential, because the waiting list for tickets was getting so long, it looked like the BBC would have shut down and become a distant memory before we ever cleared it.

A recording of Top Gear tends to start at around 2pm on the Wednesday before the show airs. Recording takes all afternoon, and people normally get to go home at around 7pm.

If you'd like to get tickets for the show, you can apply on the Applause Store website.

It's worth remembering we can't allow you into the studio if you're under 18 years of age. This is for two reasons, the first is health and safety. The second is the constant swearing.

We also ask that groups of people coming to the recordings have a 50/50 male/female split. This is so we don't end up with a bunch of ugly male car geeks ruining everyone's Sunday night.

Please note:

Tickets to Top Gear are ALWAYS free. You should NEVER pay for tickets. So, please don't encourage the sale of tickets by buying them at online auctions or ‘days out' sites.

As you can see above, the recording takes a long time, and there isn't anywhere for the audience to sit, so if you're heavily pregnant or wearing high heels, you may find yourself in some pain by the end of the day...

Also, most seriously, you'll have to listen to the director and the floor manager making a series of very low quality jokes. We apologise for this. We've tried to stop them, but they just do it anyway.

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