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Watch Top Gear on Facebook, and Miramax movies too

Top Gear joins Doctor Who on Facebook this week, with a new app that lets you watch the long-running car show on your computer.

Top Gear joins Doctor Who on Facebook this week, with a new app that lets you watch the long-running car show on your computer. You can also watch films right there in your browser too, as Miramax adds a selection of indie classics.

The Top Gear app now offers the Polar Special episode in which Top Gear japesters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond take part in an epic race to the Magnetic North Pole. More videos will follow, but be warned they "contain imitative behaviour", apparently.

Each video costs 15 Facebook credits (94p). Once you've rented the episode you have 48 hours to watch it as many times as you like.

If you prefer classic movies to petrol-headed smuggos, Miramax has also launched a pretty serious movie-streaming app on Facebook. The Miramax eXperience will let you rent a classic film for 30 Facebook credits (£1.88). Video quality is actually pretty decent, compared to other streaming services -- especially the eye-gouging LoveFilm streaming.

The best thing about the app is that films can be watched on your iPad as well as Facebook, and Google TV in the US. The 20 films available range from classic movies such as Pulp Fiction, Gangs of New York, Swingers and Clerks to newer titles such as Adventureland, No Country For Old Men and The Switch. Yeah, it's got Jennifer Aniston in it. No, us neither.

Although they're mostly well-worn classics -- plus Kill Bill, which is rubbish -- the one hidden gem you may not have seen is Gone Baby Gone, which is well worth a couple of quid of anyone's credits.

There's also a quiz game thingy, which Miramax is obviously worried will confuse thick people, so it's added this FAQ: "Am I really casting my friend in a Miramax film when playing the game? No, this game is for entertainment purposes only and allows you to match your friend's personality with certain characters from Miramax films." So that's cleared that up then.