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2014-02-02 08:11:35 AM  
Subby is unfamiliar with the drinking age in the UK.
 
2014-02-02 08:14:24 AM  
40% female audience.

The wife freaking loves it.

Women like fast cars, and watching men behave horribly.

"Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment says more about a celebrity than most interviews.
 
2014-02-02 08:31:37 AM  

Skunkwolf: 40% female audience.

The wife freaking loves it.

Women like fast cars, and watching men behave horribly.

"Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment says more about a celebrity than most interviews.


It is a chick flick.

It also used some new sound techniques.
 
2014-02-02 08:32:51 AM  
Is that 21 years in the laddish format or 21 years including the Quentin Wilson and Vicki Butler-Henderson (dear GOD, that woman is pure sex), etc. years?

Getting back to Vicki B-H (because I really want to), she's a perfect example of a woman who, whilst not exhibiting classic beauty is nevertheless a farking sexy goddess. Also, she can really, really drive - not just do a bunch of silly stunts on a miles-wide and completely flat bit of tarmac.

I am of the opinion that she isn't on the show now because she's more of a man than Jeremy Clarkson will ever be and more of a woman than he could ever have.
 
2014-02-02 08:33:38 AM  
Some say he naturally faces magnetic north...
 
2014-02-02 08:34:03 AM  
Is the terribly embarrassing American Version still on TV? That was cringe TV at best...
 
2014-02-02 08:50:32 AM  

styckx: Is the terribly embarrassing American Version still on TV? That was cringe TV at best...


It's on History Channel, probably between Honey Boo Boo and Pawn Stars.
 
2014-02-02 08:52:37 AM  

Subliterati: Is that 21 years in the laddish format or 21 years including the Quentin Wilson and Vicki Butler-Henderson (dear GOD, that woman is pure sex), etc. years?

Getting back to Vicki B-H (because I really want to), she's a perfect example of a woman who, whilst not exhibiting classic beauty is nevertheless a farking sexy goddess. Also, she can really, really drive - not just do a bunch of silly stunts on a miles-wide and completely flat bit of tarmac.

I am of the opinion that she isn't on the show now because she's more of a man than Jeremy Clarkson will ever be and more of a woman than he could ever have.


It's 21 series over 13 years, of re-launched Top Gear
 
2014-02-02 09:03:26 AM  
Some say his coveralls and helmet are actually his epidermis....
 
2014-02-02 09:34:12 AM  
Someone a while ago observed that it replaced the series Last of the Summer Wine (and occupied a similar time on Sunday).

James May is Foggy, the uptight straight one
Clarkson is Compo, the crazy one
and Richard Hammond is Clegg, the one who is amused at Compo's doings and quite level-headed.

and if you want to go further, Kristen Scott-Thomas is Nora Batty.
 
2014-02-02 09:37:29 AM  
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2014-02-02 09:38:22 AM  

Subliterati: I am of the opinion that she isn't on the show now because she's more of a man than Jeremy Clarkson will ever be and more of a woman than he could ever have.


Both the new Top Gear and Fifth Gear started up in the works at about the same time, from the same pool of people. The BBC had just cancelled them, so a bunch of the production staff and screen talent pitched continuing it over on ITV.

While the ITV version was being worked out, including trying to get the 'Top Gear' name from the BBC, Clarkson and Wilman were pitching their version to the BBC.

ITV already had Needell, Butler-Henderson, and Wilson from the old 'Top Gear'.
 
2014-02-02 09:39:05 AM  
Some say he understood the interpreter at Mandela's funeral...
 
2014-02-02 09:39:08 AM  
Yay! Another Top Gear thread I get to use this in...

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2014-02-02 09:41:44 AM  

styckx: Is the terribly embarrassing American Version still on TV? That was cringe TV at best...


I hated it at first, but I eventually came around to it after they ditched all the extra stuff and just did the challenges. The hosts still aren't as entertaining as the Brits, and their challenges are carbon copies of ones already done on the BBC version, but it's decent in its own right.
 
2014-02-02 09:53:09 AM  

Mr. Chainsaw: styckx: Is the terribly embarrassing American Version still on TV? That was cringe TV at best...

I hated it at first, but I eventually came around to it after they ditched all the extra stuff and just did the challenges. The hosts still aren't as entertaining as the Brits, and their challenges are carbon copies of ones already done on the BBC version, but it's decent in its own right.


Tanner needs to be thrown in front of something large and heavy...
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2014-02-02 09:59:25 AM  

Mr. Chainsaw: styckx: Is the terribly embarrassing American Version still on TV? That was cringe TV at best...

I hated it at first, but I eventually came around to it after they ditched all the extra stuff and just did the challenges. The hosts still aren't as entertaining as the Brits, and their challenges are carbon copies of ones already done on the BBC version, but it's decent in its own right.


Yeah, they pretty much compleatly jettisoned the studio stuff a couple seasons back. Considering how weak those segments were, not a bad call- though it does mean no more lap times and makes thier Stig into a Bad Guy/Stunt Driver for thier challenges.
I think the challenges are pretty good as a whole, though it's pretty clear who is going to win if the 'prize' is driving some hot new car(not going to be The Wrecker) and they did seem to skew a recent SUV challenge toward a Range Rover. ( not that a Rover wouldn't win on its own merits, but one dude picked an Escalade to go up against it and the other selected the hot rod SRT Grand Cherokee, neither of which are worth squat off road and you knew there'd be off course challenges involved)
 
2014-02-02 10:05:15 AM  
I'm reading this while "Jessica" is playing as an earworm.
 
2014-02-02 10:20:38 AM  

Your_Huckleberry: I think the challenges are pretty good as a whole, though it's pretty clear who is going to win if the 'prize' is driving some hot new car


Well, winning is a bit up in the air, as Rutledge or Adam might be able to steal a win off Tanner every so often. But then that's what fudging the results until Tanner gets to drive it anyway come in. I mean... Tanner's so good a driver that he renders the Stig almost redundant. The Stig came into being because Clarkson, Hammond and May aren't experienced, professional racers, and they needed one to show off what the cars they bring in are really capable of. Tanner is the guy that, if he wasn't hosting, would wind up in the Stig suit anyway. You might as well just hand the car to him and be done with it.
 
2014-02-02 10:22:50 AM  
Other great Top Gear fact:  they allow torrenting of the show.

Which is great because the BBC America version is edited.
 
2014-02-02 10:35:40 AM  
Some say he has a full size tattoo of his face, on his face...
 
2014-02-02 10:37:26 AM  

styckx: Is the terribly embarrassing American Version still on TV? That was cringe TV at best...


It's not bad since they stopped doing everything else Top Gear UK does and made it purely the challenges. It is getting tired though. Is it better than Top Gear UK, no but it is better than a lot of crap on TV.
 
2014-02-02 10:51:36 AM  

Subliterati: Getting back to Vicki B-H (because I really want to), she's a perfect example of a woman who, whilst not exhibiting classic beauty is nevertheless a farking sexy goddess. Also, she can really, really drive - not just do a bunch of silly stunts on a miles-wide and completely flat bit of tarmac.


she's certainly the best part of Fifth Gear.

and, yes, i wouldn't mind being double-teamed by VBH and sabine schmitz...
 
2014-02-02 10:51:51 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: I'm reading this while "Jessica" is playing as an earworm.


One of my favorite moments is when that came on the radio whilst they were driving through the South.
 
2014-02-02 10:55:05 AM  

FlashHarry: Subliterati: Getting back to Vicki B-H (because I really want to), she's a perfect example of a woman who, whilst not exhibiting classic beauty is nevertheless a farking sexy goddess. Also, she can really, really drive - not just do a bunch of silly stunts on a miles-wide and completely flat bit of tarmac.

she's certainly the best part of Fifth Gear.

and, yes, i wouldn't mind being double-teamed by VBH and sabine schmitz...


What, like in a car or..?

/Sabine is GOOD.
 
2014-02-02 11:18:46 AM  

Glitchwerks: Other great Top Gear fact:  they allow torrenting of the show.

Which is great because the BBC America version is edited.


No it isn't.
 
2014-02-02 11:23:11 AM  

ukexpat: Glitchwerks: Other great Top Gear fact:  they allow torrenting of the show.

Which is great because the BBC America version is edited.

No it isn't.


The only difference I've seen is the music is different between the versions. The repeats on Dave are edited, normally they cut the opening bit out, but they're turning an hours show without commercials into an hours show with commercials.

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2014-02-02 11:23:13 AM  
Some say if you tune your radio to 88.4 MHz, you can hear his thoughts.
 
2014-02-02 11:23:19 AM  

ukexpat: Glitchwerks: Other great Top Gear fact:  they allow torrenting of the show.

Which is great because the BBC America version is edited.

No it isn't.


Yes it is.
 
2014-02-02 11:27:28 AM  
I love when they offer actual real car buying advice.  The 1970s Super Car episode springs to mind.  "Yes you can buy a super car for the price of a used Mondeo, but for the love of God, Don't"
 
2014-02-02 11:27:58 AM  
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2014-02-02 11:28:18 AM  

styckx: Is the terribly embarrassing American Version still on TV? That was cringe TV at best...


If you only watched the first season, give it another chance.  I'm not saying it's as good as the British version, but it's better than 99% of American TV.

The problem of that first season is they were cramming 60 minutes of material into a 40 minute slot.  They ditched the news, ditched the celebrity, ditched the test track.  Now it's just a challenge sometimes with a short car review or race.  I guess I could see someone not liking it if they really like the parts that were ditched, but at least it's the right amount of material for the time.  Plus you get to see vehicles that you don't see in Britain like pickup trucks and minivans.
 
2014-02-02 11:56:31 AM  
Will Richard Hammond attempt to remember his wedding day?
 
2014-02-02 12:21:57 PM  
That reminds me to look up when the new series starts on BBC Canada. And see about the TG US premiere too.
 
2014-02-02 12:30:12 PM  

Mr. Chainsaw: I hated it at first, but I eventually came around to it after they ditched all the extra stuff and just did the challenges. The hosts still aren't as entertaining as the Brits, and their challenges are carbon copies of ones already done on the BBC version, but it's decent in its own right.


I hated it as well.  Then I grabbed a few later episodes and I was surprised that I actually enjoyed it.
 
2014-02-02 12:46:28 PM  

FlashHarry: Subliterati: Getting back to Vicki B-H (because I really want to), she's a perfect example of a woman who, whilst not exhibiting classic beauty is nevertheless a farking sexy goddess. Also, she can really, really drive - not just do a bunch of silly stunts on a miles-wide and completely flat bit of tarmac.

she's certainly the best part of Fifth Gear.

and, yes, i wouldn't mind being double-teamed by VBH and sabine schmitz...


I'd lap their Nurburgrings...

I'm pretty sure that VBH had an on-camera orgasm while testing an F12.
 
2014-02-02 12:57:42 PM  
Some say he has 50,000 photographs of his own camera.
 
2014-02-02 01:01:50 PM  

Gsm136: ukexpat: Glitchwerks: Other great Top Gear fact:  they allow torrenting of the show.

Which is great because the BBC America version is edited.

No it isn't.

The only difference I've seen is the music is different between the versions. The repeats on Dave are edited, normally they cut the opening bit out, but they're turning an hours show without commercials into an hours show with commercials.

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The biggest difference I can usually put my finger on is the News segments. They usually chop about half of the news segment out of the repeat episodes for BBCA. It makes a bit of sense - shorten up the episode to fit more commercials, and remove what might be a somewhat dated portion out of the show for the purpose of the repeats.

They also shorten some of the studio intros to the segments a little bit. There have been times where (after being used to watching a particular episode from my collection on my HD) I've been watching a particular episode on BBC America, and I'm like "Wait there's something else that goes there..."

However - when they present a new episode from the latest season, they usually show it in it's complete form, and with commercials it becomes a 90 minute episode. Then once it goes to repeats, it's one hour with commercials.
 
2014-02-02 01:18:37 PM  

Gsm136: ukexpat: Glitchwerks: Other great Top Gear fact:  they allow torrenting of the show.

Which is great because the BBC America version is edited.

No it isn't.

The only difference I've seen is the music is different between the versions. The repeats on Dave are edited, normally they cut the opening bit out, but they're turning an hours show without commercials into an hours show with commercials.


IIRC, the BBC America versions would sometimes cut out the news segments for commentary and in-jokes that would go over the heads of most N. Americans.
 
2014-02-02 01:45:46 PM  
I am surprised Clarkson and May are only in their early 50s. Maybe getting stuck behind caravaners greys you badly.
 
2014-02-02 02:05:36 PM  

Skunkwolf: "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment says more about a celebrity than most interviews.


Best:
www.rus-top-gear.ru

Also, they need to have a policy of having Sabine Schmitz on at least once per season.  Or every episode.
 
2014-02-02 02:22:42 PM  

ukexpat: Glitchwerks: Other great Top Gear fact:  they allow torrenting of the show.

Which is great because the BBC America version is edited.

No it isn't.


Yeah, it is.  They edit for time.  The original versions of the show run for ~60 minutes.  On BBC America, they have to fill in commercial time.  Usually it seems like the news gets cut down (or all the way removed).
 
2014-02-02 02:25:40 PM  
Some say he's allergic to the Dutch.
 
2014-02-02 02:37:31 PM  
Thanks for the replies on the American version guys.. Everything you said they got rid of is what made it so cringe.. Is Tanner still an egotistical douchebag?
 
2014-02-02 02:52:10 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: OtherLittleGuy: I'm reading this while "Jessica" is playing as an earworm.

One of my favorite moments is when that came on the radio whilst they were driving through the South.


That happened during their trip from Frisco to the Flats. I believe the Southern US episode featured a Steve Earle song.
 
2014-02-02 02:59:00 PM  
Whatever its flaws, whatever dark skeletons hide in its closet, whatever past the hosts may have had, I simply don't care. This is quite likely the most perfect show on television right now. You can tune in at any time, at any point in a series (or even in a single show) and not be lost. The camera work and editing are simply beautiful, it must be insanely expensive to film, and it's uproariously funny without trying too hard. Sneer at it because it's juvenile, pretend you don't get it because you're not a car guy, whatever, but the truth is, you're only cheating yourself by not watching it and you're not fooling anyone pretending that it's beneath you.

If you ever need to kill some time, pull up any random episode on Netflix--I dare you to not be entertained to the point where you're calling someone in to watch it with you.
 
2014-02-02 03:03:27 PM  
Some say he has a full sized tattoo of his face on his face.

And that he knows two things about ducks and both of them are wrong.
 
2014-02-02 04:29:26 PM  

HMS_Blinkin: ukexpat: Glitchwerks: Other great Top Gear fact:  they allow torrenting of the show.

Which is great because the BBC America version is edited.

No it isn't.

Yeah, it is.  They edit for time.  The original versions of the show run for ~60 minutes.  On BBC America, they have to fill in commercial time.  Usually it seems like the news gets cut down (or all the way removed).


So why are the new episodes on BBCA 90 minutes?
 
2014-02-02 04:46:10 PM  

ukexpat: HMS_Blinkin: ukexpat: Glitchwerks: Other great Top Gear fact:  they allow torrenting of the show.

Which is great because the BBC America version is edited.

No it isn't.

Yeah, it is.  They edit for time.  The original versions of the show run for ~60 minutes.  On BBC America, they have to fill in commercial time.  Usually it seems like the news gets cut down (or all the way removed).

So why are the new episodes on BBCA 90 minutes?


I think the premieres are 90 minutes now (they weren't in the past), but if you look at the DVR, the repeat right now and the repeats from midnight to 6 am tonight and 4pm to 6 am tomorrow are all 60 minute slots.
 
2014-02-02 06:26:47 PM  

Gosling: Your_Huckleberry: I think the challenges are pretty good as a whole, though it's pretty clear who is going to win if the 'prize' is driving some hot new car

Well, winning is a bit up in the air, as Rutledge or Adam might be able to steal a win off Tanner every so often. But then that's what fudging the results until Tanner gets to drive it anyway come in. I mean... Tanner's so good a driver that he renders the Stig almost redundant. The Stig came into being because Clarkson, Hammond and May aren't experienced, professional racers, and they needed one to show off what the cars they bring in are really capable of. Tanner is the guy that, if he wasn't hosting, would wind up in the Stig suit anyway. You might as well just hand the car to him and be done with it.


I saw some program on Jalospek or something with Rutledge doing a live chat and I think over the course of only a couple minutes he must have said, "No, Tanner is not the Stig" three or four times.

cameroncrazy1984: OtherLittleGuy: I'm reading this while "Jessica" is playing as an earworm.

One of my favorite moments is when that came on the radio whilst they were driving through the South.


That was actually Northern California-I80 heading toward Tahoe. I know because I've driven that stretch hundreds of times and that's one of my favorite episodes. The part where the drunk in Tahoe asks Captain Slow if he was John Lennon was pretty good.
 
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