PDA

View Full Version : Where is the love for Top Gear on TRS?


yssman
11-23-2007, 04:26 AM
http://www.sarjaopas.com/kuvat/Top_Gear_iso.jpg

After a bit of an OT conversation in the Episode 35 thread, I figure it is necessary to bring it up outside of that. Simply put, Top Gear is by-far too great of a show not to have mentioned on TRS. I believe it has been said that it may in fact be the most-popular television program on the planet, shown in countries across the globe with an outstanding and devoted fanbase that would kill to see it in person.

Never heard of it you say?

You can read all about Top Gear here! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Gear)

In simple terms:

- Three hosts (Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May)
- One racetrack (Dunsfold Airport in Surrey, UK)
- One Stig (the be-all-end-all ultimate driver)
- Award Winning (International Emmy Awards, British Academy Television Awards and National Television Awards)
- Brilliant cinematography
- Spot-on writing (wonderfully hilarious as only the British can supply)
- Chemistry (TRS + Cars X British Accent = Top Gear)

Here is an excellent example of Top Gear at it's best from earlier this season:

HYtro7PnBA8

Please guys, give this one a nod. Its on BBC America every Monday at 8 PM, and I believe there is a marathon on today (Friday the 24) on BBC America as well. If not, get on the online interwebz and head on over to FINAL GEAR (http://www.finalgear.com) to get the latest rip on the torrents.

This show is completely worth a look, and I'd hope you'd consider it for the TV section!

zombi
11-23-2007, 07:17 AM
Top Gear is easily the best show on TV. Has been for quite a few years, i dont know why the BBC in the states shows eps from last season as "new."

wideawakewesley
11-23-2007, 08:22 AM
It's getting a reasonable amount of love in the top ten TV thread too. Great great show! Someone mentioned they're doing a Top Gear marathon in the states this week?

darthender
11-23-2007, 09:13 AM
I don't give too shits about cars, and I'm still endlessly entertained by Top Gear.

It's like equal parts review program, equal parts mythbusters.

Some of my favorite episodes are the ones where they drive beaters across foreign countries. Hilarious stuff.

Here, watch some on youtube.

Top gear drives across the american south:
Part 1: http://youtube.com/watch?v=QBaEUTfxcYE
Part 2: http://youtube.com/watch?v=rUg9yoJq1yY
Part 3: http://youtube.com/watch?v=vZ3uiE0fHmE
Part 4: http://youtube.com/watch?v=62EOY2bI7Tw
Part 5: http://youtube.com/watch?v=9UxKjM57CHI
Part 6: http://youtube.com/watch?v=baTeVUYn9vs

And then africa:
Part 1: http://youtube.com/watch?v=AIeObvxObH4
Part 2: http://youtube.com/watch?v=yUwwLWSyEqI
Part 3: http://youtube.com/watch?v=E-xrBHhfyPw
Part 4: http://youtube.com/watch?v=n5h04rBVnwg
Part 5: http://youtube.com/watch?v=oGBvq1BVfxw
Part 6: http://youtube.com/watch?v=M_qPT1ZVxck

And of course, any segment that involves trying to wreck the Toyota Hilux or doing anything with the Bugatti Veyron is epic.

wideawakewesley
11-23-2007, 09:53 AM
I don't give too shits about cars, and I'm still endlessly entertained by Top Gear.


I couldn't agree more!

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=DoxEis_Y7F0

I mentioned it in the Yip Yip thread, but the guy in the blue jumpsuit is my Dad. I'm not proud of that fact, as I know what he's really like, but still, when it comes to cars, he knows his stuff.

Wes

cybogoblin
11-23-2007, 10:26 AM
...but the guy in the blue jumpsuit is my Dad.

Is that Trevor you're talking about?

We get Top Gear down here in NZ, too, and it's a firm favourite - even if Clarkson can be a bit of a git at times :P

It's also worth mentioning their Winter Olympics Special, the time they made boats that could (kinda) work on water and the 'Top Gear of the Pops' special.

alx
11-23-2007, 11:48 AM
thats not your dad. lies I tell you! LIES! next he's gonna be telling us his brother is The Stig.

kickarse
11-23-2007, 02:04 PM
I breathe, live, sleep TG. I definitely wait till the wee hours of the night on Sunday's to *cough* watch TG from Britain. Fifth Gear gives me my car fix when TG isn't on or it's filming.

mittop
11-23-2007, 03:56 PM
No... MY brother is Stig!

Great show. I love the episodes about the Bugatti Veyron. This one is my favorite.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXNR9_zhWY8

guagloves
11-23-2007, 04:06 PM
I love Top Gear. The challenges they do are so entertaining like trying to destroy that Toyota or racing to the north pole.

wideawakewesley
11-23-2007, 04:37 PM
Yes, the guy called Trevor is my Dad or rather I should say he's my biological father, which is about as far as our relationship goes.

Unfortunately The Stig isn't any relation, but Jeremy Clarkson was born in my hometown and went to the same school as me.

:)

Wes

kickarse
11-23-2007, 04:57 PM
Yes, the guy called Trevor is my Dad or rather I should say he's my biological father, which is about as far as our relationship goes.

Unfortunately The Stig isn't any relation, but Jeremy Clarkson was born in my hometown and went to the same school as me.


Not at the same time I would think.

Also, who's Trevor?

deadmeat3344
11-23-2007, 05:47 PM
Top gear is probably my favorite car show, also my farvorite british show aside from Torchwood and Doctor who.


(need more Torchwood references on TRS)

wideawakewesley
11-23-2007, 07:09 PM
Not at the same time I would think.

Also, who's Trevor?

Watch the Top Gear YouTube clip in my previous post in this thread.

No I'm nowhere near as old as Clarkson!

:)

Wes

tamtamg
11-26-2007, 04:39 AM
some say that god invented rain because stigg needed a new challenge

some say that as he drives, he lactates slightly

Some say he likes brussel sprouts, and that he is Big Brother.

Some say he was found in a strange glowing pod recovered from a crater on Exmoor and
that he can turn milk to cheese just by glaring at it

Some people say his overalls are white because he outran the colours, and that Einstein would have rethought his theory of relativity had he met met him.

some say that if you tune a radio in to exactly 109.9FM you can hear his thoughts... and that his blood type is unleaded.

Some say that he drives an ice cream truck covered in childrens skulls, and that he can slam a revolving door

some say he had to apply to the government for a consealled weapon licesne before he could legally wear pants.... and that beneath his helmet is another, slightly smaller helmet

Some say he isn't machine washable and all his pot plants are called "steve"

Some say that if you lick his chest it tastes exactly like pickalili and at this week Brit
awards he was arrested for goosing Russel Brown.

Some say that he sucks the moisture from ducks and that his helmet is modeled on Britney Spears head

Some say he never leave's Britain, and that if he did his ears would explode.

Some say that he once threw a microwave oven at a tramp and that long before anyone else he realized that Jade goodie was racist pig-faced waste of blood and organs.

Some say that his first name really is "the" and that if he went on celebrity love island they would all be pregnant including the cameraman.

Some say that on really warm days he sheds his skin like a snake and that for some reason he is alergic to the Dutch.

Some say he invented branstone pickle and if you insult his mother he will headbutt you in the chest.

Some say that the outline of his left nipple is exactly the same shape as the nurenburg ring and if you give him a really important job to do he'll skive off and play croquet.

Some say his ears have a pazely lining and he's been banned from the Chelsae flower show.

Some say that his genitles are on upside down and if he can be bothered he can crack the Da Vinchi Code in 43 seconds

Some say he has a digital face and if he felt like it he could fire Allan Sugar.

Some say that his ears ears are not exactly where you'd expect them to be and that he once had an affair with John Prescott.

Some say that his heart is in upside down and his teeth glow in the dark.

Some say he can swim seven lengths under water and he has webbed buttocks.

Some say that his tears are adhesive and if he caught fire he would burn for a thousand days.

Some say that he has no understanding of clouds and his ear wax tastes like turkish delight.

Some say he's affraid of ducks and in Russia theres an airport named after him.

Some say his voice can only he heard by cats and he has two sets on knees.

Some say that his heart ticks like a watch and he confused by stairs.

All we know is that he is called The Stig

wideawakewesley
11-26-2007, 08:20 AM
some say that as he drives, he lactates slightly

All we know is that he is called The Stig

If anyone outside of the UK would like a minature Stig keyring for $5 + P&P let me know, a big chain store here in the UK is selling them as stocking fillers for Christmas.

Wes

radroy
11-26-2007, 12:38 PM
I feel the need to be the first negative voice with regards to this whole Top Gear thing! Don't get me wrong - its funny stuff and I enjoy it myself.

(The only criticism of the show I have is that I hate it when people try to make things that are completely scripted appear unscripted - when the 3 hosts banter , it is so clearly rehearsed and this grates on me)

But besides this, I don't think Top Gear is the type of show that should be featured on TRS...it doesn't seem to fit in my opinion. I suppose its because it isn't fictional. Also because its about cars.

Maybe 'a nod' to it would be ok - since it is quite funny...but can we compare this to the likes of Avatar or The Shield? They are worlds apart.

tnvwboy
11-26-2007, 02:37 PM
Love the show. First they show off some sweet as cars that most of us can only drool over. Some we may never see in our lives, except on TG or the Internet.

Also I love the banter. We have nothing like that on US TV, if so please let me know so I can check it out.

It's clearly scripted but it's carried off so well that you wonder sometimes. Perhaps it's the famous British dry-wit?

Regardless, it's a lot of fun watching 3 guys have a ball doing something they love. Hey that sounds really familiar! ;)

teopb
11-26-2007, 10:40 PM
Great show, they are all very funny. I watched the africa episode and it wasn't the best but some of them have me falling over laughing. The episode where they build boats out of cars was hilarious.

kickarse
11-27-2007, 09:34 AM
I think so far the one where they go to Antarctica was the most interesting, in a documentary aspect, than all of them.

Wes, gotcha. I didn't even remember seeing that episode.

darthender
11-27-2007, 10:14 AM
Are you SURE it's scripted?

Maybe thats just the way brits banter!

wideawakewesley
11-27-2007, 10:18 AM
I'm pretty sure it's not scripted, at least the bits where they just discuss things off the cuff, like when they're sat in their armchairs talking the latest car news or when they're doing one of their tasks.

radroy
11-27-2007, 10:37 AM
I'm from the UK! It is definately scripted.

They are funny men though, so its not like they're actually reading a script - they add stuff of their own in etc - they banter to a certain extent. I concede that much.

There's an episode when the Top Gear guys visit the US! I loved that one.

cybogoblin
11-27-2007, 12:17 PM
There's an episode when the Top Gear guys visit the US! I loved that one.

That's the one where they had to drive across Alabama with 'I love Hillary Clinton' painted on their cars, yes? I remember them getting chased away from a petrol station during a refill stop - hilarious!

cabster21
11-27-2007, 01:39 PM
If you've been to a live filming, it isn't really scripted. They loosely follow a script as in, what news they are going to talk about etc. What you're referring to, is when one does a joke, and for whatever reason, they can't actually show it on TV. So they have to do it again, as if it's the first time... Top Gear did go through a very bad patch, when it was Top Gear GTI.

guagloves
11-28-2007, 03:11 PM
Also... The Ariel Atom
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaWoo82zNUA

matteekay
11-28-2007, 05:22 PM
BEST SHOW ON TV, hands down.

Who can ignore "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car"? Who?!

yssman
12-02-2007, 04:44 AM
Who can ignore "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car"? Who?!

It wasn't much of a surprise this season when Simon Cowell knocked off Gordon Ramsay from the top-spot, but when Jennifer Saunders knocked Gordon down one more, that was simply amazing!

I'm looking forward to today's run with Lewis Hamilton, I do wonder if he can in fact beat the Stig. My guess is a solid "NO," but I of course could be wrong. It would be F'ing EPIC if they could get more American racers out there like Danica Patrick or Tony Stewart, but it would be a very slim chance to see that happening any time soon...

autodas
12-02-2007, 06:05 AM
I think MythBusters is a much better show. I could care less about Top Gear and so does the rest of America so that's why Discovery stopped airing that show after a couple episodes.

matteekay
12-02-2007, 06:31 AM
I think MythBusters is a much better show. I could care less about Top Gear and so does the rest of America so that's why Discovery stopped airing that show after a couple episodes.


Erm... Apples to apples?

Much as I love Mythbusters, the audiences are quite different for the two shows. To enjoy Top Gear, I'd imagine you need at least a marginal interest in cars. For example, I'm sure A Shot At Love with Tila Tequila is a great(?) show, but I have no interest in prostitutes from MySpace, so I wouldn't enjoy it.

As a fan of both shows, I can honestly say Top Gear is, approximately, eleventy billion times more entertaining; though I guess if you like Jamie
being dour for no reason, then Mythbusters is the way to go.

So, since we do have Top Gear fans here, anyone into tuning/modding/hot rodding/etc? Whatcha running?

wideawakewesley
04-14-2008, 10:06 AM
TV's Top Gear to go on world tour

Top Gear has become known for its car stunts and speed trials
TV car show Top Gear is to be turned into a live event for a world tour that will visit 15 countries.
The BBC Two show's presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond are expected to sign up for the British leg of the Top Gear Live tour.

BBC Worldwide said the live shows would "incorporate the drama of film and theatre with the thrills and spills of stunts and special effects".

It will visit Earls Court in London and Birmingham's NEC later this year.

The show will be part of the Prestige and Performance Motor Show, which will be held at both venues in October and November.

Global reach

Top Gear is currently seen on 32 channels around the world and the first two overseas versions have been commissioned in the US and Australia.

BBC Worldwide, the corporation's commercial arm, said "elements" of the TV show would be brought to life as a "live motoring experience".

Money from ticket sales will be ploughed back into the corporation's coffers through BBC Worldwide.

Adam Waddell, managing director of Top Gear, BBC Worldwide, said: "Taking Top Gear Live on tour is tremendously exciting and ties in perfectly with our plans to reach out to audiences around the globe."

A BBC Worldwide spokesman said he did not know which other countries the tour would visit.


Fingers crossed they visit your country.

:)

kickarse
04-14-2008, 11:24 AM
I loath "Gear" for the US market. I really hope it'll have the same magic Top Gear does. I really hope Adam Corolla get's some good UK bashing in ;)

I can understand why they are remaking it instead of just airing what is on the BBC. I mean we have a different car market and I don't think that most of Middle/Southern America could deal with all the US bashing.

tnvwboy
04-14-2008, 12:32 PM
I mean we have a different car market...

Because all residents of the UK drive super-cars? ;) Sure they talk about many European models that will never set wheel on the land mass we call the Americas, but a majority of the time they talk about super-cars that only a fraction of a percent of the people of the world can afford. And their stunts translate fine, regardless of whether we've heard of the car they are using or not.

While I think it might be nice to see some a different perspective with a North American Top Gear, I'm not convinced that the original one would do poorly. Perhaps I'm being overly optimistic about the average viewer however.

tokenuser
04-14-2008, 01:13 PM
I can understand why they are remaking it instead of just airing what is on the BBC. I mean we have a different car market and I don't think that most of Middle/Southern America could deal with all the US bashing.Anyone remember the Top Gear US Road Trip across the south?

http://www.automk.com/auto_img11/20072242595525077801.jpg

Didn't THAT go well :)

We've had a thread talking about the US Version of Top Gear before. TG is driven by the hosts. The cars are just props.

kickarse
04-14-2008, 02:11 PM
I find that Fifth Gear is more relative to me as a consumer and that Top Gear is just a showy display of awesome super cars. Perhaps "Gear" will be more like Fifth Gear?

Possibly the best episodes were the Arctic/Antarctica Challenge, the US Adventure and the African Desert trip.

I would love for both Fifth Gear and Top Gear to translate well. But, alas, it's just a different society. We're just not there with the awesome hot hatches that the UK and EU has. Think about it the Fiat 500, Ford RS, etc.