OK i think you're all missing the point. Top gear = Entertainment show, not car show 5th Gear = Car show I watch both and love each in their own right Never thinks of Top gear as a show for testing cars because it's not
You've got it in one, although I don't watch 5th gear.
A Ferrari driving down a straight road versus a 2 legged cat climbing Everest with a washing machine tied to its back, and the cat wins it by 1 second!!!!
And of course, none of these challenges are rehearsed in any way, shape or form, they're just thought up, they turn up at the location and begin. And it's all done in one take with no editing. And they always finish within seconds of each other. Astounding.
A bit of missing the point going on here...
It's the most watched TV programme... (drop an octave) In the World
Megga, megga bucks, in fact there are only 25 or so countries that don't screen it as 'prime time TV'
Even my 13 y/o daughter spotted a bit of rehearsed humour, every single minute is beautifully shot, with Hollywood epic budgets (helicopters, huge crew) and rehearsed to the nano second.
I love it, mainly it's because its for people like us, not Public school toffs (in my humble opinion)
Every so often it has a moment of sheer, petrol headed bliss that I can forgive the crap. The Bugatti vs the Typhoon - that beautifully shot turn and vertical dive from the jet. Pretty much the whole test of the (new) Nissan GTR was enough to give me alone time material for WEEKS. The car "reviews" might not be up to much but you have to admit it is a beautifully executed programme which films in some stunning locations. I particularly liked the Arctic episode, I had recently read the book on Richard Hammonds crash and he describes in there why he got so upset on the trip.
I'm not a big petrol head (I drive a Nissan Primera!) but I love the show.
I know that alot of it might be staged and scripted but I find it a lot funnier than other shows that they pass off for light entertainment.
The first part of the Africa show was excellent and I will be watching the second part on Sunday evening.
I knew it was coming, but watching the camera pan across Clarkson and May, having a cold one, sat on the bonnets of their car and then across to Hammond sat in the comfy chair was a lol moment.
I love it myself. Yes it's a bit cliché but who cares? It's light entertainment with some incredible cars that most of us can only dream of owning. My favourite special was the Vietnam one with the mopeds, I don't think they'll ever top that one.
What I would love to see is re-runs of the really old top gears with Noel Edmunds etc. I'd just love to see them reviewing cars like the Austin Maestro and ohh'ing and arr'ing at its digital speedo etc.
I once came across Jeremy Clarkson in the port at Porto Vecchio, he had a big boat and said he had a villa there.
I remarked that there must be a lot of money to be earned by driving cars badly. I think that sums up Top Gear
The only reason it was talked about on the radio was that the local council gave permission without asking the locals who live on/nr the beach. It will most likely be on the news tonight if so I will post a link to the news channel.
the local council gave permission without asking the locals who live on/nr the beach.
You can bet your bottom dollar that the company filming the programme offered your council big bucks, and unfortunately, as with councils everywhere, they take more notice of money than residents' views. No doubt they'll come out with a 'Puts money into the local economy,' justification for riding rough shod over those residents.