Top Gear

  HondaMan 11:39 30 Dec 2008
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Perhaps now they will stick to reality and not go off on flights of fancy and review items that the average man can afford!

  Quickbeam 11:46 30 Dec 2008

I seem to recall on the very first episode of the current format, that Clarkson stated they would not be wasting money testing cars in exotic locations in Europe as they have their own test track.

The show, like most do eventually has reached and past it's watch-by date. It seems to be made purely to satisfy the pompous attention seeking Clarkson and his sycophantic side kick co-presenters... do something new with the money.

  carver 12:35 30 Dec 2008

The show, like most do eventually has reached and past it's watch-by date.

Err, NO, it's a pleasure to watch and and not have to put up with people who are scared to say what they think, last Sundays show was brilliant.

Not only did you get an insight into what South Korea is like but the scenery was breath taking.

HondaMan,

If the programme was only about what the average man can afford, what a boring programme that would be, most AVERAGE people don't want to be bored out of their skins watching mundane programmes they want excitement, a bit of escapism, even my daughter at 17 finds Top Gear fun to watch, as she says, she might not be able to own some of those cars but she can always try.

  Quickbeam 12:39 30 Dec 2008

I disagree The Brigadier, they've had to consistently get more and more extreme and ridiculous in their puerile buffoonery with every series to maintain the viewing figures.

A massive budget cut will expose the weakness of TV shows for 'boys'...

  bremner 12:44 30 Dec 2008

Carver is right.

Top Gear is an entertainment program that is based around, in the main cars and transport in general.

It is nothing to do with reviewing cars the 'average man' can afford. If that is what you want watch Fifth Gear.

Many do not like Top Gear and that is fine, I hate "Stritly big X Factor get me out of here brother", however millions like me love Top Gear and long may it continue.

ps - Carver they were in Vietnam not Korea

  Stuartli 12:44 30 Dec 2008

Apart from the odd slightly flat programme in a series Top Gear is, nine times out of 10, the best entertainment on TV each week.

Millions watch it and a very large number happily tune in to Dave and similar digital channels to watch repeats going back several years.

Sunday nights are not going to be the same for some time until the start of the next series.

If you didn't enjoy last Sunday's Vietnamese episode, then there's no pleasing some people...:-)

  Quickbeam 13:14 30 Dec 2008

Christmas show, showed that that has also reached and past it's watch-by date, all good things must come to pass.

Leave them as good memories like Fawlty Towers. Had they made 6 more series, they would have been crap, but they have to milk everything dry now.

  HondaMan 13:18 30 Dec 2008

"A cut down version of top gear with little money spent on it would still be funny with Clarkson/May?hammond on it. For it is they that make the program good in the first place!"

"Err, NO, it's a pleasure to watch and and not have to put up with people who are scared to say what they think, last Sundays show was brilliant."

"I disagree The Brigadier, they've had to consistently get more and more extreme and ridiculous in their puerile buffoonery with every series to maintain the viewing figures.

"A massive budget cut will expose the weakness of TV shows for 'boys'..."

You are, of course, all correct. Long live Top Gear

HM

Happy New Year

  carver 14:10 30 Dec 2008

It's this key board, it never could get places right. MY excuse is that my son was talking to me about Vietnam and the Americans, I then started talking to him about other places that America had been in conflict with and made a mess of, and I was still thinking along those lines when I posted it.

  rdave13 17:36 30 Dec 2008

That was a good one. Testing the Fiest from a landing craft and noting the Army's smoke bombs fitted the cup holders had me rolling!

  Stuartli 10:23 31 Dec 2008

There's a piece in my morning newspaper today that Top Gear is the world's second most successful television series.

Only Baywatch beats it - not a bad record for a programme with a presentation trio who look even less like Pamela Anderson than I do (!) and which costs only around £100k per episode to make.

Look up, for instance, just how much costume dramas cost television companies per hour of transmission to bring to our screens.

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