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« Reply #80 on: July 27, 2011, 05:34:27 PM »

This season really sucks, imo frown. Last episode was a Jensen Interceptor which was simply a kit car created by a garage taking an old interceptor and dropping an LS6 engine in it, then the Lotus F1 rental program, then destroying houses with military vehicles, which they made seem less fun than it sounds.

I want to see real cars! Not necessarily Honda Civics or anything, but something better than one-off garage creations would be nice.
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« Reply #81 on: July 27, 2011, 05:39:40 PM »

I didn't see this weeks TGUK,but the weeks before was making a new train from a car,while James and Richard had a fleet of Caravans on the back of their motor on the rails Jeremy had sporty convertible


I know what you mean that you want to see more cars,but those three have always done weird and crazy stuff on Top Gear


I did see Rowan Atkinson as the star in their reasonably priced car,i think he came top
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« Reply #82 on: July 27, 2011, 06:09:23 PM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on July 27, 2011, 05:39:40 PM

I know what you mean that you want to see more cars,but those three have always done weird and crazy stuff on Top Gear

The thing is... the UK Top Gear was more about cars early in it's life before the presenters had the incredible chemistry they do now.  And it worked back then.  It evolved to the show it is now due to the presenters and said chemistry, and it works even better now.

Top Gear US is ignoring the building part and the cars part and going for the ZANY STUNTS right away without actually having any actual chemistry.  It doesn't work.  They need to do car stuff.

I find The Car Show on Speed to be marginally better, though also cringe worthy.  Also their bit on the 458 Italia was pretty poor.

If anything these shows make me really appreciate Top Gear UK all that much more.  When they DO do a car bit, it's thorough, beautiful, and entertaining.
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« Reply #83 on: July 27, 2011, 06:56:47 PM »

Quote from: gellar on July 27, 2011, 06:09:23 PM


The thing is... the UK Top Gear was more about cars early in it's life before the presenters had the incredible chemistry they do now.  And it worked back then.  It evolved to the show it is now due to the presenters and said chemistry, and it works even better now.



the early years of Top Gear was definitely more about cars it had some right dicks as presenters(we are talking 1970s here)and it was proper boring,LOL

In late 90s Jeremy Clarkson who was a presenter left(see below,LOL)


and James May(Captain Slow) took over with other presenters,one i think had to leave awhile later because he got done for drink driving and then mainly because of Channel 5's Fifth Gear show,they relaunched Top Gear on the BBC in 2002

The explanation is that it was cancelled and renamed as Old Top Gear and then they relaunched the show as ..Top Gear  icon_confused
with Jeremy Clarkson again with newcomers Richard Hammond and Jason Dawe who took over from James May,a series later James May took back his role from Jason Dawe and i think it was from then that as you say they started to gel and it started to get more recognition,especially worldwide...not sure how long Top Gear has been shown in the U.S.



it's funny but i think it was when Richard Hammond had his high speed near death crash in 2006 which gave the show another boost
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« Reply #84 on: July 27, 2011, 08:03:46 PM »

Quote from: gellar on July 27, 2011, 06:09:23 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on July 27, 2011, 05:39:40 PM

I know what you mean that you want to see more cars,but those three have always done weird and crazy stuff on Top Gear

The thing is... the UK Top Gear was more about cars early in it's life before the presenters had the incredible chemistry they do now.  And it worked back then.  It evolved to the show it is now due to the presenters and said chemistry, and it works even better now.

Top Gear US is ignoring the building part and the cars part and going for the ZANY STUNTS right away without actually having any actual chemistry.  It doesn't work.  They need to do car stuff.

I find The Car Show on Speed to be marginally better, though also cringe worthy.  Also their bit on the 458 Italia was pretty poor.

If anything these shows make me really appreciate Top Gear UK all that much more.  When they DO do a car bit, it's thorough, beautiful, and entertaining.

Yeah, I always had the feeling that they would be going more for the US reality show reaction similar to what Discovery Channel did when Mythbusters was first successful.  "Hey, people like that show Mythbusters and it has explosions and a woman on it, so let's make more shows about explosions with one token woman presenter!"  And they all failed because they didn't capture the things that people actually liked about Mythbusters.
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« Reply #85 on: July 27, 2011, 09:38:01 PM »

Yeah metallic I'm focusing on the 'current' version of Top Gear from 2002 on.  Even back them it was far more about cars specifically than it is now.
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« Reply #86 on: March 25, 2015, 01:46:27 PM »

Jeremy Clarkson’s Top Gear contract will not be renewed

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Jeremy Clarkson’s contract will not be renewed after the Top Gear presenter was involved in a 30-second physical assault on a producer, the BBC’s internal inquiry will report on Wednesday.

A BBC investigation led by BBC Scotland boss Ken MacQuarrie is thought to have found that Clarkson engaged Oisin Tymon in a 30-second physical assault after a 20-minute verbal tirade.

But a source close to the inquiry said: “There can’t be one rule for talent and one rule for ordinary human beings.”

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« Reply #87 on: March 25, 2015, 04:00:20 PM »

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But a source close to the inquiry said: “There can’t be one rule for talent and one rule for ordinary human beings.”

In general I totally agree with that sentiment, but it seems like they're just pulling it out when it's convenient for their media purposes. 

You can't really say somebody who is getting paid tens of millions of pounds, probably many times more what that producer makes let alone any other staffer, is not already being treated differently.  I think the fact is that "the talent" has been treated completely differently for 20 years and it's only now that they consider it convenient to say he shouldn't be. 
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« Reply #88 on: March 25, 2015, 07:53:51 PM »

Not sure this is convenient for them, I would think that Top Gear is BBC's most popular export and a huge money maker for them. Hate that we are losing the show, but it was probably the right thing to do.
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« Reply #89 on: March 25, 2015, 09:08:55 PM »

I certainly don't know the situation at the BBC (policitally, money-wise, or any of that), but even though Top Gear is really popular I would suspect that maybe they are at the point where those hosts have been around so long and they have so much control, investment and money coming to them that it's probably a bit like a golden albatross around the BBC's neck.  (I just made up that analogy, hopefully it makes sense...) 

It's not like this is the first controversy with Top Gear or even Clarkson himself, so somebody found it convenient to show their morals this time.  If you were ever looking for a way to shut that thing down and get rid of the most expensive presenter, it was basically handed to them. 
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« Reply #90 on: March 25, 2015, 09:13:37 PM »

There's a way around tirades, prima donna behavior, and unpolitic remarks. It's quite another when you physically assault a coworker to the point where he's taken to the emergency room, precautionary or not.
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