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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8780 posts, RR: 24
Posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5069 times:

In less than 24 hours  

Preview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VPei3rNWqWk

We've been in withdrawal for a year now, since they cancelled last summer's season due to the Olympics. Frankly I would have preferred that they cancelled the Olympics because they interfered with Top Gear, but anyway...

But I am a bit bummed that they only have 6 shows this season - I would have hoped that they would have stacked their Summer budget and done enough for at least 10 shows.


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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5026 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Thread starter):

For the first time, the new episodes will air on BBC America barely a week after they aired in the UK. The US version will start back up pretty soon as well, so we'll definitely get out Top Gear fill in the next few months.


User currently offlineWarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 8836 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4986 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Thread starter):

It is good, something we can both agree on. I will check that out tomorrow night. Just today, I rearranged my/our DVR so I can watch programs in my favorite place. I had the DVR there, big mistake. My wife records every thing that I do not watch. There was always a conflict. Not anymore, she will move, not I.

[Edited 2013-01-26 16:08:18]


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User currently offlineNewark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1330 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4928 times:

Can I get a "freaking finally?" We've kept trying to record it on DVR in my house and kept getting retreads of old material.

User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2958 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4895 times:

Hallelujah. I'll be watching it tomorrow... can't wait.


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User currently offlinetrav110 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 536 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4818 times:

Is there any word on when it will be available on BBC Canada?

User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1285 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4781 times:

finalgear.com is your friend if you're not in the UK. They'll usually provide a link for downloading within 30 minutes of the show having aired.


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User currently offlinefrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3712 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4742 times:

With such a cult following, it's a shame that the BBC is not able to be more consistent with shooting episodes.

They look expensive and long to produce, but it can't be more than a drop in the bucket for the BBC.



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User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4685 times:

Quoting francoflier (Reply 7):

They look expensive and long to produce, but it can't be more than a drop in the bucket for the BBC.


I read the budget per episode was £250,000. All paid for by the British people. Watch it or not, you're still paying for it  

I can't wait. I love Top Gear.


User currently offlineba6590 From UK - England, joined Jul 2007, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4670 times:

At last, a reason to look forward to Sunday evenings again.

Quoting Dreadnought (Thread starter):
But I am a bit bummed that they only have 6 shows this season

The TV guide on my Sky box says tonight's episode is 1/7. So there is hope we might get one more than 6.



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User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3854 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4663 times:

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 8):
I read the budget per episode was £250,000. All paid for by the British people. Watch it or not, you're still paying for it  

Actually, Top Gear is funded 100% from Top Gear revenue, as they produce a profit for the BBC just from over seas sales  


User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15692 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4660 times:

Quoting srbmod (Reply 1):
The US version will start back up pretty soon as well, so we'll definitely get out Top Gear fill in the next few months.

It's getting better, but still nowhere close to the UK version.

Quoting ba6590 (Reply 9):
The TV guide on my Sky box says tonight's episode is 1/7. So there is hope we might get one more than 6.

The seventh might be a "Best of" episode.



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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2958 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4653 times:

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 8):
I read the budget per episode was £250,000. All paid for by the British people. Watch it or not, you're still paying for it  

Top Gear makes more money for the BBC than anything else. It's watched in 170 countries... it is a cash cow.



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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4597 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 11):
It's getting better, but still nowhere close to the UK version.

They're pretty much doing their own versions of the stunts that the UK version has previously done, which probably makes it easier to do shows. I'm sure many of the viewers of the US version of the show have not watched a lot of the earlier series of the mother show (BBC America has done a really great job with airing the earlier series of the show and most of the episodes are also available for streaming via Netflix [although some episodes from some seasons are not available].) so these stunts are new to them.


User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3854 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4576 times:

I'm withholding judgement until after tonights episode, but to be honest I don't have high hopes - half a season last year, no Christmas special (after a Christmas special the previous year that was totally panned), only 6 episodes this season and a low key run up to its start.

Last years season seemed a little forced as well, but then I was surprised that the three had signed 3 year contract extensions at the start of this year, so either they feel they've refreshed it enough so it won't totally die this year.


User currently offlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 2946 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4520 times:

Quoting ba6590 (Reply 9):
The TV guide on my Sky box says tonight's episode is 1/7. So there is hope we might get one more than 6.
Quoting BMI727 (Reply 11):
The seventh might be a "Best of" episode.

It looks like they've rolled the Christmas Special into the normal season, which has bumped it up to 7 episodes rather than the planned 6.


User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8780 posts, RR: 24
Reply 16, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4474 times:

I'm still downloading the broadcast torrent - still an hour to go. I'm sitting here jones-ing like a drug addict 


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User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1285 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4442 times:

Well, the boys are back in form. Excellent footage, great cars and that wicked sense of humour you only get on the original TG. In fact, it it was not for the humour it would not be worth watching. Which is where, I believe, TG US falls flat on its face. Those 3 guys simply are not funny. Neither were the 3 ozmates.

For those still downloading, it will be worth it. Rallying a Bently Conti is such a preposterous idea, it cannot fail. And it does not. Jezza building his own car and trying to flog it at Dragons Den was brilliant. Fastest SIARPC ever as well. Sort of.

And there is a new fastest car on the TG track to boot.



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User currently offlineRedd From Poland, joined Jan 2013, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4436 times:

I'm downloading as we speak... It's insane how important this show has become to us guys,,, I'm all giddy waiting to watch the episode... hehe...

User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2958 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4430 times:

It was a good episode; I'm glad they are back.


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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7687 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4427 times:
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Quoting B777LRF (Reply 17):
And there is a new fastest car on the TG track to boot.

Yeah - that new Pagani was awesome, and beautiful.



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User currently offlinePolot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 2114 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4406 times:

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 20):
Yeah - that new Pagani was awesome, and beautiful.

It is overall beautiful, but I couldn't stop staring at those side view mirrors.


User currently offlinearmitageshanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3599 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4390 times:

I work at a ski resort in Colorado and we had top gear here two weeks ago filming a segment on the ski slopes. They were racing a Bentley against a skier down the mountain. So look for that soon.

User currently offlineRedd From Poland, joined Jan 2013, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4387 times:

The episode was great, the Pagani was amazing... Good to see top gear again!.

User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8780 posts, RR: 24
Reply 24, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4352 times:

Quoting Redd (Reply 23):
the Pagani was amazing

We saw something very new today - those active airfoil panels on the Pagani seemed to be very effective. I wonder how soon Ferrari, Lambo and others start doing the same on their hypercars.



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25 AeroWesty : Hmm, it was one of those episodes where I probably wouldn't watch it again if I had the DVD. Too much sideshow, and not enough driving. James' Bentley
26 BlueElephant : Brilliant Episode. The ending was hilarious as they managed to combine two of my favorite shows! Looks like its going to be a great season, and I hope
27 CPH-R : Bog standard Top Gear episode, so overall not too bad a way to spend an hours time. The Pagani is stunning, the Bentley rally segment was amusing, Dam
28 aerorobnz : Ferrari, on the very next F70...almost certainly.
29 Post contains links RussianJet : Anyone familiar with the British 80's children's tv show Rainbow may well enjoy this Top Gear spoof - not for the easily-offended though! It's hilario
30 Post contains images sturmovik : I thought so too. Wasn't too funny towards the end, but maybe that's because I wasn't entirely clued in on Dragon's Den. The Pagani was just awesome,
31 dazbo5 : It's already been done, 59 seconds from memory, just not by a road legal car! It's amazing to see how the times have fallen since the new format Top
32 Dreadnought : It's a tough one - when they first started doing special, full episode shows (in order: Winter Olympics, North Pole, Botswana, Vietnam, Bolivia, Midd
33 AeroWesty : I'm looking forward to next week's race, which is supposed to be Vegas to Los Angeles to the Springs, then on down to Mexico. I still think the best
34 moo : The India special failed because it was just a road trip, with European sourced cars - all of the other road trip style specials had a goal (beat the
35 Dreadnought : Here is an idea for a future special. To drive the entire length of the old Trans Siberian Railroad in Soviet-era Russian cars.
36 canoecarrier : I gave the US version a chance at first, but it's shorter because of commercial breaks and not nearly as good as the UK version. I haven't watched it
37 BlueElephant : While I agree it does not compare to the UK version, I have to admit that it has gotten much better since the first season, their chemistry has certa
38 Braniff747SP : It is by far the most popular show that the BBC has; they make millions, more than anything else they do.
39 Post contains images Dreadnought : No advertising on BBC2 - most viewers download it off of the 'net. Not that much money to be made that way. The first season was a simple re-hash of
40 AeroWesty : No, most viewers watch it on commercial stations/networks around the world who pay the BBC a licensing fee to broadcast the show. It works just like
41 LTBEWR : I am of mixed feelings of the UK Top Gear and the US version. Showing exotic cars pushed to limits, some parts of their 'on the road' shows are great,
42 BlueElephant : I agree here, but for what it's worth, I don't think TGUK did anything internationally (outside of Europe) until season 7 or 8. They have to get a bi
43 canoecarrier : I loved the first episode of TG UK Season 19, glad I found a way to stream it online. I think May wears the same shirts every year. After I watched th
44 BMI727 : I like the variety per episode of the UK version much better than the US version. Usually it seems that the pattern is a big challenge followed by a
45 Post contains links and images sturmovik : Indeed. There were so many challenges they could've set themselves here, instead they just drove up some hills and left their cars there. It was real
46 canoecarrier : I agree, the UK version is much better because of the variety. Mostly each host gets a segment all to their own and they sometimes get them all toget
47 Polot : They use to, but they haven't a "Big Star, Small Car" (as they call it) segment in quite a while. That is completely fine with me, it use to be one o
48 Geezer : Wow ! After reading about 20 posts so far, I'm beginning to think I must be the only guy in the whole world who doesn't watch "Top Gear" ! BTW........
49 Dreadnought : I think you'd enjoy it. It's not a car geek show like 'Motorweek'. It's fun.
50 AeroWesty : The quick and dirty: Three bumbling middle-aged English blokes drive around in supercars (preferably) using challenges and films of mini-documentary
51 Dreadnought : Even if you don't. My wife would not know a carburetor from a chicken casserole, and she enjoys watching it.
52 Post contains links AeroWesty : How is she with caravaning?
53 Geezer : We have Dish Network with about 150 channels.........I wonder if it's on there ? What day is it on ? Anything that that can cause THIS crowd to "agree
54 BlueElephant : BBC America this coming Monday Night 9pm EST / 8pm Central
55 Post contains images Flighty : The british version is a good show. It plays late where I live, so it matches well with alcohol
56 canoecarrier : I found it online as well Charley, it takes a little more work to find but you can watch it nearly as soon as it is broadcast on the BBC.
57 Post contains links GDB : Quoting Geezer (Reply 48): ow ! After reading about 20 posts so far, I'm beginning to think I must be the only guy in the whole world who doesn't watc
58 thunderboltdrgn : Its sort of a car talk-show.
59 Post contains images GrahamHill : It is THE best car show in the world. And no need to be a car maniac, I've seen people who don't care about cars being hooked to the show. There are
60 srbmod : It is the best car show..........in the world. BBC America is running a Top Gear marathon leading up to tonight's season premiere. Already had an app
61 ZANL188 : On Dish BBC America is channel 135. I've got my DVR all set and ready to go for more Top Gear...
62 Braniff747SP : Yesterday's episode, the American road trip, was good fun. I'm liking this series.
63 caliatenza : yeah they need to go international; i couldnt get into the US Top Gear though..
64 AeroWesty : Perhaps I'm totally out of what's cool for supercars of recent vintage, but I had to have a laugh at the color of James' Aston. In high school in the
65 Post contains images Dreadnought : Hey, don't knock glasspacks. They were classy Not to mention illegal as hell. I had to coast whenever I saw a police car.
66 Post contains images sturmovik : I liked the bit with the marchettis, they definitely oughta do more segments with planes in them Which got me thinking.. what would a Top Gear equiva
67 Post contains images moo : Expensive
68 B777LRF : Episode two of this series is the best Top Gear has produced in a very, very long time. I know it's scripted, but they've re-invented themselves just
69 AeroWesty : LOLOL, okay, that made my day. You of all people with glasspacks! What kind of car were you driving then?
70 Post contains images Dreadnought : At the time it was a black 1977 K-5 Blazer with a seriously suped-up 350, 4 speed manual on 38 inch tires and an 8-inch lift. No mufflers or catalyti
71 Post contains images AeroWesty : Oh my stars. I guess something like this, but in black. Here all this time I would have put you in a Range Rover if you were going to off-road.
72 Post contains images Dreadnought : Make it black and add a whole lot of rust, and that was the Deathmobile Edit: I found a picture that looks shockingly like the Deathmobile - in fact
73 Post contains images AeroWesty : Definitely not a Range Rover!
74 Post contains images zkojq : Cheers. That could make several very good episodes out of that. Several of the Fifth Gear presenters used to be presenters of the 'old' Top Gear (bef
75 EDKA : I am pretty sure Clarkson has been at Top Gear from the begining (1980's)
76 MIAspotter : -Intro music- Jeremy ¨Tonight, I fly a 77W, Hammond enjoys the comforts of a Cri-Cri... and James tests drives a DeHavilland Comet¨ -Finish intro m
77 bueb0g : Damian Lewis? Star of Band of Brothers and Homeland? I think a lot of people know who he is, he's legitimately a "star"...
78 Post contains links canoecarrier : Here's Clarkson's first appearance on Top Gear in 1988. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8i_ktmqXzU The show has changed a lot for the better, IMO. Su
79 bueb0g : Haha... His Yorkshire accent is much more pronounced than it is now. Interesting stuff.
80 Post contains links canoecarrier : Yeah, this clip is a little longer that really gives an idea what the show was like in the late '80s. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_DgKvc3l0w Clar
81 zkojq : He was. Clarkson was a presenter from the late 1980s to 1999 when he left (returning in 2002 with the new format show). After Clarkson left, Top Gear
82 Post contains images sturmovik : Ah yes. An airplane from the 1950's, where he allegedly lives..
83 travelavnut : I would watch that! Damn, I would watch the sh*t out of that!!
84 canoecarrier : Hammond seems more like a biz jet guy. James would be in a Constellation or PanAm Clipper, talking about the glory days of comfort travel when it did
85 canoecarrier : I don't know when TG Season 19 episode 3 was shown in the UK. It's still not here in the States, but I just watched the torrent of it. Great episode.
86 srbmod : S19E3 will air here in the US on BBC America next Monday as the new episodes air a week after they do on BBC 2. This is better than in the past when
87 canoecarrier : I enjoyed half of S19 E4. The part where they had Matt LeBlanc and Eric Clapton with the Kia was funny. I also enjoyed the Rugby scrum at Twickenham.
88 Post contains images sturmovik : So, it seems like the Africa special will be in two parts this time round.. I hope it's worth it
89 moo : Its hugely telling that they've gone that route, as it reduces the length of the season in reality.
90 AeroWesty : I've actually begun to wonder if the presenters are losing interest in doing the show.
91 moo : They've just signed 3 year extensions to the contract, so I doubt it. Its more probable that someone in the BBC is losing interest in the program, an
92 bristolflyer : I did some research and it looks like that was filmed pretty recently (I'm talking about that particular segment, not the actual show which was very
93 AeroWesty : Hopefully we won't see them missing a summer series or Christmas special again, and see the new contract usher in a healthy schedule without episode-
94 Braniff747SP : As far as I know, no. He had a Ford GT, not a Mustang GT... I'm not sure he even has it anymore.
95 moo : The current season is the only one planned for this year, with no Christmas special again either.
96 JBirdAV8r : There's another series planned for the summer.
97 moo : Where would you be getting that info from, because there hasn't been a season 20 announced, and there's nothing currently in the BBC production sched
98 canoecarrier : Anyone else enjoy the 1st part of the Africa special? I owe some thanks to whoever put me on to finalgear.com. A lot of it is rubbish like the fact th
99 Post contains images Dreadnought : It was very good - on par with Bolivia and Vietnam IMHO. Part 2 on Sunday, and I hear that they are back again in summer
100 aerorobnz : reminded me of my backpacking around east Africa. Enjoying it very much. I actually want to buy a secondhand car and drive the whole of africa, have b
101 GDB : For me, the Vietnam one is, so far at least, their crowning glory. The Bolivia and North Pole ones are great, many people's favourites. But think of
102 CPH-R : On the subject of favourite specials, I personally rank the Botswana one as #1 by a mile, followed by the North Pole & Bolivia ones. Vietnam was g
103 Polot : I don't think anyone really watches Top Gear for the cars anymore. The (few) "reviews" are generally all the same now- this special is going to end w
104 Post contains links bristolflyer : Check this out... http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20130308-mclaren-boss-on-the-p1 The new McLaren - being driven by Ron Dennis - does the lap 10 secs f
105 Polot : Without knowing the tires that were on it you can't really say all that much. It could have been done with slicks for all we know. 1.13.8 isn't the f
106 Post contains links 777ER : Top Gears production team arrived today in New Zealand's Far North (minus the three presenters) to prepare for filming on 90 Mile Beach. Top Gear have
107 kaitak : Just watched the second part of the Africa special - loved every minute of it and would have easily sat through another hour; they just work so well
108 canoecarrier : Some parts were a little contrived like everyone running around looking for the "real" source of the Nile and James breaking an axle right at the end
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