Ncfc99 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 897 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4393 times:
Who saw the first program of the new top gear series?
The truck driving challange was superb. I have not laughed at a TV program for ages like I did last night. Clarkson trying to power slide his truck.........Then falling off his seat was the funiest thing I have seen in a long time. I was crying. Then my wife started watching, pretty soon she was crying.
At the end of the challange to carry a delicate load, Hammond said to May 'I think it will have broken the lights, a few dents', May opens the doors and said 'oh, its worse than that'. That started me off again.
I can't wait for the next one, but I think it will be hard to beat that.
Anybody provide a link to it on youtube as I'm not sure how to.
But to be honest I was mildly disappointed. In my opinion they tried too hard to be funny and it showed. It didn't look genuine to me. While I do appreciate British humor, when you stop improvising and script too much in kinda kills it for me.
Still, I can't wait for the next episode to come out!
Zkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 5195 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4267 times:
I'm just d/l it now but I will definantly be watching this series... the original is much better than the Top Gear Australia...
I'm looking forward to Top Gear Live when they come to New Zealand. The Australian one should be good too I'd imagine they will go crazy driving around in Holdens and Fords.
Ferengi80 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 708 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4251 times:
Superb series! The best Sunday night TV ever! I have not laughed as much as I did watching the Truck challenge for a very long time! My side still hurts! I am so looking forward to the 16th November, I'm going to the Power and Prestige Motorshow at the NEC in Birmingham, and Top Gear Live is there! Should be excellent! If I can get some photos, I will post them on here!
AF1981 LHR-CDG A380-800 10 July 2010 / AF1980 CDG-LHR A380-800 11 July 2010
Bwest From Belgium, joined Jul 2006, 1413 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4245 times:
I watched the first episode, almost by accident though, I came across the opening titles while zapping through the channels and continued watching. But I agree, it was hilarious!
I'll try to remember watching it, but my irregular working hours make it a bit hard. Last night they showed on a local channel the episode where they race against a team of Germans on the circuit of Zolder, Belgium (as Clarkson put it: the country was created so the Germans and English would have a place to fight). The Top Gear crew flew in on Spitfires, that was hilarious!! Ow my sides!
"A spokeswoman from English Collective of Prostitutes said: 'This is a truly heartless comment. In the wake of the murders of five young women in Ipswich and the killing of over 60 prostitute women in the last 10 years, how did this remark, making light of the murder of prostitute women, come to be broadcast?"
IntlDj From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4152 times:
Have been watching this show religiously for the last 4/5 years. Best show on TV and on it's own, worth the ridiculous TV licence fee we have to pay here in the UK. It's only over the last 3 or 4 seasons that the stunts have become a little more outrageous so yes, things tend to be more "staged", but that's part of the show. You are meant to be able to see through the gags. My personal favourite, and it's hard to pick one, is the "Robin Reliant space shuttle". http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=_b4WzWFKQ20
As for the "complaints" about "lorryists"... hahaha... the BBC claimed there were 188 complaints out of 7 million viewers. We all know (especially on this site) when figures are taken out of proportion and when the media love to jump on the bandwagon, especially after a big story like the Ross/Brand phonecalls.
This is season 12 and I still can't get enough.
Long live Top Gear...
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13492 posts, RR: 76
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4116 times:
I would not equate Clarkson's (not unexpected) comments with two grown men on the radio acting like immature 14 year olds on someone's private phone.
Not new either, Clarkson got the idea probably from a very long running joke in Viz .
They've been making 'truckers killing women' (not just prostitutes), comments for something like 15 years, based on Peter Sutcliffe (The Yorkshire Ripper), Robert Black (who killed young girls) and no doubt some others.
Clarkson just 'updated' this to refer to the one who killed those 6 prostitutes in Ipswich 2 years ago. Which I don't think he made any direct reference to - which would be very dubious.
But since Ross and Brand, the enemies of the BBC (mostly media owned by foreigners), what's left of the organisation formed by the late, unlamented Mary Whitehouse and just those who like to complain, are going to pounce on anything.
It is never a good idea to take what Clarkson says seriously, apart from his patronage of welfare charities for service personnel.
I mean, Top Gear is hardly a serious look at the automotive world is it?
Egmcman From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 898 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3807 times:
It's great to have TG back I wonder if the episode will be repeated on Dave.
To me it seams like one two individuals have an unhealthy obsession with the BBC my fear is they stop making programmes that are funny for fear of upsetting one or two people and a few thousand a few days after the programme was aired.
I like Clarkson because he says what he believes to be correct.
Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 18): I don't like the fact that the Star in a boxed car or however it is called ....narrates his own lap
Here in the UK it's called the reasonably priced car I guess it depends on the star driving it is.
ExFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3689 times:
We haven't even gotten Series 11 over here yet on BBC America, much less the new series. I've seen parts of 11 on YouTube, but apparently the Beeb is getting more militant about people putting episodes up.
Only complaint I had about the parts of 11 I've seen is having two "stars" in Star in A Reasonably Priced Car" - it feels forced and rushed. I hope they've gone back to one star at a time in Series 12.
At the risk of being pessimistic, I have low expectations. Top Gear is Top Gear because of the hosts, and in particular how they play off Clarkson. I hope that cast dynamic will come out in the US version, but I have my doubts...that's why Jay Leno turned it down, he was afraid of coming across as a cheap imitation of Jeremy.
UPS707 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 361 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3638 times:
It is back to 1 star for Season 12. Episode 1 was Michael Parkinson who I thought was pretty funny during the interview. What I'm finding is that I've been out of the UK for so long that I don't recognize any of the stars unless they've had a US presence, but Parkinson has been around long enough that I remember him (I left in 1992). I've got Episode 2 and I'm just waiting for the kids to go to bed so I can sit down and watch it since it's based around their US segment from SFO to Bonneville. Should be interesting to watch and hopefully a better perspective than what was shown during their US roadtrip a couple seasons ago.
FLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3434 times:
Quoting ScrubbsYWG (Reply 23): The bugatti veyron did a lap of the TGTT. While it was definitely one of the fastest, it wasn't THE fastest.
And it ended up just where I predicted, within the top 5.
I do have to say, that thing went around the track with no drama whatsoever, i.e. every car that's gone through the track was either understeering, oversteering, jumping all over the place and what have you not. This thing was so incredibly planted though.
Quoting ScrubbsYWG (Reply 23): The car sounded great as far as i am concerned. Not your standard this motor puts out 1000hp sound, but i thought it sounded pretty awesome.
That's my only complaint about the Veyron, it doesn't sound like much to me. Yes it has a nice burble tone to it, but it's really quiet.
The Zonda F on the other hand... that's just pure auditory sex
: "It's vicious, but in an amusing kind of way, like a shark in a funny hat" - Oh how I laughed at that bit !!.
: That was the real surprise considering it's not a track day car, and it was built for absolute flat out speed, not downforce in the corners.
: Tonights episode was great! They were testing the new Ford Fiesta. Bunch of normal tests, how does it drive, what's the topspeed, can it outrun a corv
: That beach assault was brilliant fun! Must have cost a bit, the Ministry Of Defence don't lay on those sorts of things for free! Mind you, it's after
: I loved that episode, laughed my ass off at the beach assault and the other "tests" he put the car through. I also was amazed at how quickly that Cate
: Best. Road test. Ever. And the Fiesta did pretty well. Nice looking car. -Mir