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Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #375 on: November 19, 2016, 10:26:28 pm »
Aha!  I knew I know it of old!

Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #376 on: February 03, 2017, 01:31:56 am »
I've slowly been catching up on Grand Tour. Watched the first episode a while back and decided it was a bit crap. I've then mostly been listening to the others whilst working and while some of it is very funny, it's still mostly a bit crap.
The format is outdated and they're trying too hard to be offensive. It worked much better under the BBC umbrella, where they had to be much more subtle about it.

Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #377 on: March 06, 2017, 09:27:00 am »
Well I quite enjoyed new new top gear last night.

The new presenters are enthusiastic and will eventually gel into a working team but certainly know their stuff and Matt le blanc came across well as lead

Oh and that Ferrari is impressive
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Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #378 on: March 08, 2017, 04:08:54 pm »
Just seen the new Top Gear.

Blimey!  What a tired (no pun untended) old format.

Someone driving a car, I can't afford, very quickly and three blokes driving bangers somewhere shitty..whilst reading a script*

*and proving that Clarkson was quite good at writing the scripts.
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Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #379 on: March 08, 2017, 06:08:04 pm »
Just seen the new Top Gear.

Blimey!  What a tired (no pun untended) old format.

Someone driving a car, I can't afford, very quickly and three blokes driving bangers somewhere shitty..whilst reading a script*

*and proving that Clarkson was quite good at writing the scripts.

Or Richard "Sniff Petrol" Porter, who went to the Mega-Global Big River Corporation of Seattle, USAnia with the three Stooges.
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Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #380 on: March 10, 2017, 11:57:29 am »

Someone driving a car, I can't afford,

Because the original top gear where they drove cars you could afford was so much more interesting......

If I want to know how good the latest Ford focus or whatever it is I can afford I'll go and test drive one myself. The chances of seeing that Ferrari driven to it's limits anywhere else are none.

And yes I can do a supercar track day but they severely restrict how much of the cars capability you are allowed to use to the point they are not worth the money.
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Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #381 on: March 10, 2017, 01:08:40 pm »
I thought the new one was a bit dull. But then I thought the old one was a bit dull.
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Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #382 on: March 10, 2017, 01:12:11 pm »
Bring back William. Woolland

(from the dead, if appropriate )

Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #383 on: March 10, 2017, 01:28:51 pm »
Woollard.
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Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #384 on: March 10, 2017, 01:30:18 pm »
And still alive according to Wiki.
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Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #385 on: March 10, 2017, 01:43:56 pm »
The chances of seeing that Ferrari driven to it's limits anywhere else are none.

Simply replay any old Top Gear footage of someone driving a Hypercar and you'll know exactly what it's like to see any any Hypercar driven to its limits on TV.

They go fast, the presenter says things along the lines of, "This is incredible", and then they wonder whether they dare turn off the traction control.

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I'm not saying it would be better if they tested more sedate cars just that the "New" Top Gear (Their words not mine) seemed old.  Clarkson himself said the format was tired, even before he was kicked out.

If they'd wanted a more exciting format they should have had the old presenters drive around a short circuit track whilst competition winners shot at them with Assault Rifles.

Alternatively they should have employed a legend of speed, with enormous Kahunas, cacking his pants in a Hypercar..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-8uAM4LWX0

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Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #386 on: March 10, 2017, 03:51:43 pm »
And Clarkson did so well coming up with new ideas for a show Amazon paid him a squillion pounds for which basically followed the same format.

Reality Tv, soap operas, period drama, popularity singing and dancing contests all follow a well copied format.

I like Top Gear, I've watched since I was a kid when they tested old boring ford escorts. The cars tell the story, the new Ferrari is developed beyond any ones dreams of the early 2000s when top gear switched to a studio format.

I'm a petrol head it gives me my weekly fix. If you don't like cars or their development  why are you watching it? I believe call the midwife might be on the other side
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Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #387 on: March 10, 2017, 03:54:59 pm »
I thought the new one was a bit dull. But then I thought the old one was a bit dull.

I recommend to the panel Robert Llewellyn's Fully Charged as an antidote to Top Gear.

Here he is trying to do a serious manly car review of a BMW 330e: https://youtu.be/oL_LUAeYw9I?t=1m42s

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And here's his take on Top Gear and why he doesn't want to be on it:  https://youtu.be/kX1A-Ab8JiU
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Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #388 on: March 10, 2017, 04:24:18 pm »

Reality Tv, soap operas, period drama, popularity singing and dancing contests all follow a well copied format.


I think they are shit as well.

But to your point..I won't be watching Top Gear.  I haven't for several series now. 

I was just intrigued by the "New" aspect but discovered they actually meant slightly more P.C. presenters.

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I recommend to the panel Robert Llewellyn's Fully Charged as an antidote to Top Gear.

I like this show a lot.  It actually does deal with car development.
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Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #389 on: March 24, 2017, 12:15:15 pm »
HAhahahahahah..ahahaahahaahhah..

Old Top Gear is so much better than new Top Gear. 

Old Top Gear

You can't even parody this it's so brilliantly awful.
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Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #390 on: March 24, 2017, 02:37:12 pm »
I thought the new one was a bit dull. But then I thought the old one was a bit dull.

I recommend to the panel Robert Llewellyn's Fully Charged as an antidote to Top Gear.

Here he is trying to do a serious manly car review of a BMW 330e: https://youtu.be/oL_LUAeYw9I?t=1m42s

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I like the way he manages to take the piss while at the same time admiring the engineering.

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And here's his take on Top Gear and why he doesn't want to be on it:  https://youtu.be/kX1A-Ab8JiU
Taking the two of these together, I reckon he's far more of a car-head (obviously not a petrol-head) than he admits. An auto-geek.

HAhahahahahah..ahahaahahaahhah..

Old Top Gear is so much better than new Top Gear. 

Old Top Gear

You can't even parody this it's so brilliantly awful.
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Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #391 on: March 24, 2017, 07:08:56 pm »
Something's gone a bit wrong with the latest episode of Fully Charged.  They drafted in an actual car journalist to do a car review.  Which is perfectly competent[1], but lacks the random impressions, gurning and sarcastic quips about the Daily Mail that we know and love.  It's like watching a car programme.

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[1] Though perhaps doesn't stress how disappointing the lack of rapid-charge capability is.  Not that you want to habitually make motorway journeys in a Smart, but it's nice to have the option.
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Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #392 on: March 24, 2017, 07:12:54 pm »
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And here's his take on Top Gear and why he doesn't want to be on it:  https://youtu.be/kX1A-Ab8JiU
Taking the two of these together, I reckon he's far more of a car-head (obviously not a petrol-head) than he admits. An auto-geek.

He *did* present umpty series of Scrapheap Challenge, alongside the extremely competent Lisa Rogers.  He clearly enjoys a bit of engineering (as long as it's not too boring).
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Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #393 on: March 24, 2017, 07:54:34 pm »
Small claim to fame: my dad was on one episode as the domain expert. (Wind power).

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Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #394 on: April 25, 2017, 10:48:40 am »
Dubious statistical analysis  -

"The latest series of Top Gear drew to a close on Sunday evening, with fans praising Matt LeBlanc for having "saved" the brand."

"An average of 1.9 million watched the final episode of the current season"

"However, it's worth noting the viewing figures for the Evans-fronted season had more than halved by the end, with 1.9 million tuning in to the finale."

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Ed Power said: "Top Gear finished its latest season in better fettle than anyone could have predicted in the wake of last year's disastrous Chris Evans-fronted reboot."


So the same number of people watched the "saved" Matt LeBlanc show as watched the "disastrous" Chris Evans show. 
My own quick analysis of the statistics tell me that the popularity of the show remained the same.

I'm not sure what "An average of 1.9 million watched the final episode" means.  Maybe 3.8 million people watched the first half then all turned off.
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Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #395 on: February 27, 2018, 10:27:00 am »
Having been bombarded with previews of the new series, and having the presenters turn up on every BBC show for the last 3 weeks, to show even more previews, I see that the BBC are pushing this in a big way.

The previews were enough to remind me that it's fundamentally still a show for 14 year old boys and Pub bores*

*It may actually be relevant, and of practical interest, if your first name is Sheikh
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Re: Clarkson suspended; no Top Gear this weekend
« Reply #396 on: February 27, 2018, 10:35:49 am »
The amount of publicity for the new series smacks of desperation to me.