Top Gear challenge filmed in Dorset set for broadcast

Reporter Alex Winter chats to Jeremy Clarkson

Richard Hammond walking through Westbourne

The modified Fiat Multilpa

A stuffed cat on top of a modified Fiat? Top Gear must be in town! Picture by Lyndon Parkinson

Reader Liz Frampton sent us this picture of Jeremy with her daughter

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TOP Gear fans will get to see an challenge filmed in Dorset on TV this Sunday.

As reported by the Daily Echo at the time, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond blew up a car driving the wrong way down the Upton bypass in October.

The two visited a number of locations in the area, including One Stop in Barrack Road, Christchurch, where they picked up a picnic lunch, and Club Grand Bingo in Poole Road, Westbourne.

The pair made a brief stop in the Milburn Road Car Park to eat lunch, where they told the Daily Echo how much they were enjoying their visit.

Hammond said: “It’s a lovely day, and not raining, which is very nice.”

Clarkson, who lives in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, was unable to explain the mysterious absence of colleague James May.

“He’s dead,” he said when questioned. “No, I’m joking. We sent him out for lunch hours ago. I don’t know where he is.”

The two also joked that May was unhappy about coming to the south coast for filming.

“His exact words were that he hates the south coast, and he hates everyone who lives there,” said Clarkson.

Hammond added: “It’s a personal thing. He hates all of these people individually.”

But the two said they disagreed with May’s alleged views.

“Everyone we’ve met has been really nice and friendly,” Hammond said.

The pair were driving a modified Fiat Multipla, pictured, which featured a huge over-sized bumper at the front, and a litter tray with a toy cat in on the roof.

Later, the cat was replaced with a small wooden cross.

Top Gear fan John Everingham, who lives in The Grange Care Home in Poole, was overwhelmed to meet Clarkson.

“I can’t believe it – it’s a dream come true,” he said.

“It’s something to cross off the bucket list. He was exactly like he is on TV.”

Simon Bartlam, who owns the Westbourne bingo hall, said: “Jeremy got very into the game.

“We’ve had lots of people outside waiting to see them, and they were very nice.”

After filming was over, Jeremy Clarkson tweeted:

Just had one of the loveliest Top Gear filming days ever. I'm feeling all warm fuzzy about what we've done.

— Jeremy Clarkson (@jcrclarksonesq) October 18, 2012

The next day he tweeted: "People of Bournemouth, for what we are about to do, forgive us." before setting off to the Upton bypass.

The episode is scheduled for broadcast at 8pm on Sunday, BBC2.

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9:12am Fri 19 Oct 12

Melanie.Read12 says...

Seriously Mr James? Jason Potato tries to be James May, Tiff tries to be Clarkson, The Other Bloke tries to be Hammond. Not sure about VBH though...
There's room for both, you know. One professionally and effectively silly, and the other a slightly less silly version - but the formats are the same.
Seriously Mr James? Jason Potato tries to be James May, Tiff tries to be Clarkson, The Other Bloke tries to be Hammond. Not sure about VBH though... There's room for both, you know. One professionally and effectively silly, and the other a slightly less silly version - but the formats are the same. Melanie.Read12
  • Score: 1

9:13am Fri 19 Oct 12

Melanie.Read12 says...

PS - Clarkson for Prime Minister
PS - Clarkson for Prime Minister Melanie.Read12
  • Score: 0

9:21am Fri 19 Oct 12

Mr N James says...

Theres class in 5th gear andtheres a programe for the common man/ Girl Melianie. But lets face it 5th gear does tell us what we need to know and it does show us cars the we can afford.
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& what is this about clarkson for PM grow up Melanie
Theres class in 5th gear andtheres a programe for the common man/ Girl Melianie. But lets face it 5th gear does tell us what we need to know and it does show us cars the we can afford. . & what is this about clarkson for PM grow up Melanie Mr N James
  • Score: 0

9:32am Fri 19 Oct 12

Melanie.Read12 says...

Hey - steady on, I am a "grown up" thanks very much. No need to be rude.

I enjoy watching both programmes, so I do feel that I am allowed an opinion thanks. Just because I watch TG doesn't mean that I'm common, it means I like cars and fun challenges. I don't watch 5thG for a "classier" aspect, I watch because I like cars, and the team reviews.

If you continue to read the comments throughout the day on this page, I am sure that you will see a few of the "Clarkson for PM" comments appearing. It's a regular comment that appears on any websites relating to Clarkson, so I thought I'd start the ball rolling. It's called a joke Mr James - I am sorry for you that you seemed to take it so seriously.

Oh, and could you please spell my name correctly. Thanks for that.
Hey - steady on, I am a "grown up" thanks very much. No need to be rude. I enjoy watching both programmes, so I do feel that I am allowed an opinion thanks. Just because I watch TG doesn't mean that I'm common, it means I like cars and fun challenges. I don't watch 5thG for a "classier" aspect, I watch because I like cars, and the team reviews. If you continue to read the comments throughout the day on this page, I am sure that you will see a few of the "Clarkson for PM" comments appearing. It's a regular comment that appears on any websites relating to Clarkson, so I thought I'd start the ball rolling. It's called a joke Mr James - I am sorry for you that you seemed to take it so seriously. Oh, and could you please spell my name correctly. Thanks for that. Melanie.Read12
  • Score: 0

10:08am Fri 19 Oct 12

Bob49 says...

"PS - Clarkson for Prime Minister"


That spineless buffoon, ye gods !

The moment he is challenged he backs down. There's an awful lot of difference between spouting nonsense to the gullible, and having the principle to stand by it afterwards.

Still, I'm sure he provides some sort of sevice, if only to over excite the assorted collection of 'Trevors and Colins' who still live at home with their mums and wish they could be jolly naughty as well.
"PS - Clarkson for Prime Minister" That spineless buffoon, ye gods ! The moment he is challenged he backs down. There's an awful lot of difference between spouting nonsense to the gullible, and having the principle to stand by it afterwards. Still, I'm sure he provides some sort of sevice, if only to over excite the assorted collection of 'Trevors and Colins' who still live at home with their mums and wish they could be jolly naughty as well. Bob49
  • Score: -1

10:12am Fri 19 Oct 12

Melanie.Read12 says...

Oh dear, I give up - IT'S A COMMONLY REPEATED JOKE!! I thought us Echo readers had a sense of humour (we read do the Echo after all...)
Oh dear, I give up - IT'S A COMMONLY REPEATED JOKE!! I thought us Echo readers had a sense of humour (we read do the Echo after all...) Melanie.Read12
  • Score: 2

10:39am Fri 19 Oct 12

Mr N James says...

Ok what do you think clakson s policys would be if he was the PM . Please remeber this country is already in SH**T
Ok what do you think clakson s policys would be if he was the PM . Please remeber this country is already in SH**T Mr N James
  • Score: 0

10:53am Fri 19 Oct 12

tricky1007 says...

Clarkson for prime minister. Failing that Clarkson for King!!
Clarkson for prime minister. Failing that Clarkson for King!! tricky1007
  • Score: 1

10:55am Fri 19 Oct 12

Mr N James says...

Get a room with Clarkson then tricky
Get a room with Clarkson then tricky Mr N James
  • Score: 0

11:06am Fri 19 Oct 12

Melanie.Read12 says...

He's getting quite ratty now, isn't he....
He's getting quite ratty now, isn't he.... Melanie.Read12
  • Score: 0

11:14am Fri 19 Oct 12

mossy 1 says...

Melanie.Read12 wrote:
He's getting quite ratty now, isn't he....
Keep it up,he might blow a gasket,lol!!!
[quote][p][bold]Melanie.Read12[/bold] wrote: He's getting quite ratty now, isn't he....[/p][/quote]Keep it up,he might blow a gasket,lol!!! mossy 1
  • Score: 0

11:30am Fri 19 Oct 12

Mr N James says...

Hi Mel.Sorry if i spelt your name wrong please forgive me. Im not getting ratty,After meeting clarkson and the team on the set of top gear a few years ago i lost all respect for him/them due to the way they speak about people and there supid comments that to get on the news.They are 3 very pointless over paid dim whits.
Hi Mel.Sorry if i spelt your name wrong please forgive me. Im not getting ratty,After meeting clarkson and the team on the set of top gear a few years ago i lost all respect for him/them due to the way they speak about people and there supid comments that to get on the news.They are 3 very pointless over paid dim whits. Mr N James
  • Score: 0

11:50am Fri 19 Oct 12

Melanie.Read12 says...

Mr James - that's fair enough. Of course you are allowed your opinion, and if you have met them and feel that, I totally respect that. I just wanted to express my opinion too.
We'll call this one an amicable draw....
Mr James - that's fair enough. Of course you are allowed your opinion, and if you have met them and feel that, I totally respect that. I just wanted to express my opinion too. We'll call this one an amicable draw.... Melanie.Read12
  • Score: 0

12:19pm Fri 19 Oct 12

HRH of Boscombe says...

Bob49 wrote:
"PS - Clarkson for Prime Minister" That spineless buffoon, ye gods ! The moment he is challenged he backs down. There's an awful lot of difference between spouting nonsense to the gullible, and having the principle to stand by it afterwards. Still, I'm sure he provides some sort of sevice, if only to over excite the assorted collection of 'Trevors and Colins' who still live at home with their mums and wish they could be jolly naughty as well.
Haha very true. He's forever apologising for something. PM questions might be a bit more entertaining though with Boris as his sidekick.
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: "PS - Clarkson for Prime Minister" That spineless buffoon, ye gods ! The moment he is challenged he backs down. There's an awful lot of difference between spouting nonsense to the gullible, and having the principle to stand by it afterwards. Still, I'm sure he provides some sort of sevice, if only to over excite the assorted collection of 'Trevors and Colins' who still live at home with their mums and wish they could be jolly naughty as well.[/p][/quote]Haha very true. He's forever apologising for something. PM questions might be a bit more entertaining though with Boris as his sidekick. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 0

12:52pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Mr N James says...

Hi Mel ,Its Nick ,theres no need to be so formal.But thanks for your reply.
Hi Mel ,Its Nick ,theres no need to be so formal.But thanks for your reply. Mr N James
  • Score: 0

1:39pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Bob49 says...

"He's forever apologising for something. PM questions might be a bit more entertaining though with Boris as his sidekick"


Blimey you would never even get through PM's Question Time. Neither would stand by a word they said, even if it was five minutes before.

Mind you it could provide the odd laugh if Boris did his comedy trip and the motor boat starting up impression when the cameras are around.

I would add the comedy caper of the mobile phone going off in the House, but he was pulled up by the whips about that many years ago when he was an MP.
"He's forever apologising for something. PM questions might be a bit more entertaining though with Boris as his sidekick" Blimey you would never even get through PM's Question Time. Neither would stand by a word they said, even if it was five minutes before. Mind you it could provide the odd laugh if Boris did his comedy trip and the motor boat starting up impression when the cameras are around. I would add the comedy caper of the mobile phone going off in the House, but he was pulled up by the whips about that many years ago when he was an MP. Bob49
  • Score: 0

3:47pm Fri 19 Oct 12

buickboy says...

Bob49 wrote:
"PS - Clarkson for Prime Minister" That spineless buffoon, ye gods ! The moment he is challenged he backs down. There's an awful lot of difference between spouting nonsense to the gullible, and having the principle to stand by it afterwards. Still, I'm sure he provides some sort of sevice, if only to over excite the assorted collection of 'Trevors and Colins' who still live at home with their mums and wish they could be jolly naughty as well.
For god's sake man wind your neck in and get a sense of humour why don't you ?
You're worse than Pete Woodley ha ha
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: "PS - Clarkson for Prime Minister" That spineless buffoon, ye gods ! The moment he is challenged he backs down. There's an awful lot of difference between spouting nonsense to the gullible, and having the principle to stand by it afterwards. Still, I'm sure he provides some sort of sevice, if only to over excite the assorted collection of 'Trevors and Colins' who still live at home with their mums and wish they could be jolly naughty as well.[/p][/quote]For god's sake man wind your neck in and get a sense of humour why don't you ? You're worse than Pete Woodley ha ha buickboy
  • Score: 0

3:50pm Fri 19 Oct 12

buickboy says...

Mr N James wrote:
Theres class in 5th gear andtheres a programe for the common man/ Girl Melianie. But lets face it 5th gear does tell us what we need to know and it does show us cars the we can afford. . & what is this about clarkson for PM grow up Melanie
Grow up po face, you must be a mate of Bob 49 ! ha ha
[quote][p][bold]Mr N James[/bold] wrote: Theres class in 5th gear andtheres a programe for the common man/ Girl Melianie. But lets face it 5th gear does tell us what we need to know and it does show us cars the we can afford. . & what is this about clarkson for PM grow up Melanie[/p][/quote]Grow up po face, you must be a mate of Bob 49 ! ha ha buickboy
  • Score: 0

3:55pm Fri 19 Oct 12

buickboy says...

mossy 1 wrote:
Melanie.Read12 wrote: He's getting quite ratty now, isn't he....
Keep it up,he might blow a gasket,lol!!!
Blowing up cars ? cat littter trays on the roof ? They must have stopped at the cannabis factory on the way LOL
[quote][p][bold]mossy 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Melanie.Read12[/bold] wrote: He's getting quite ratty now, isn't he....[/p][/quote]Keep it up,he might blow a gasket,lol!!![/p][/quote]Blowing up cars ? cat littter trays on the roof ? They must have stopped at the cannabis factory on the way LOL buickboy
  • Score: 0

3:58pm Fri 19 Oct 12

buickboy says...

Mr N James wrote:
Hi Mel.Sorry if i spelt your name wrong please forgive me. Im not getting ratty,After meeting clarkson and the team on the set of top gear a few years ago i lost all respect for him/them due to the way they speak about people and there supid comments that to get on the news.They are 3 very pointless over paid dim whits.
Encore ! Encore ! Mossy 1 , How dim have you to be not to be able to spell 'wit'?
BAAHAHAHAHAAA !
[quote][p][bold]Mr N James[/bold] wrote: Hi Mel.Sorry if i spelt your name wrong please forgive me. Im not getting ratty,After meeting clarkson and the team on the set of top gear a few years ago i lost all respect for him/them due to the way they speak about people and there supid comments that to get on the news.They are 3 very pointless over paid dim whits.[/p][/quote]Encore ! Encore ! Mossy 1 , How dim have you to be not to be able to spell 'wit'? BAAHAHAHAHAAA ! buickboy
  • Score: 0

4:11pm Fri 19 Oct 12

BarrHumbug says...

They often say what they say for comedy effect and if anyone doesn't like that then clearly their sort of comedy isn't for them. They, or Clarkson, often backs down because of those who don't understand his comedy get all politically correct which steam rolls, with the help of the media and others jumping on the band wagon who often didn't even hear what was said originally until it ends up as the major topic in parliament!

And to those who complain about top gear not being a real world motoring programme well that's because its not. It's light entertainment based around motor vehicles, in the same way Classic Car Rescue on Channel 5 is a light entertainment programme based around car restoration, its not supposed to be some sort of factual based consumer programme.

They've obviously got the format right because it does very well all over the world with other countries bringing out their own versions and then theirs all the merchandise. Meanwhile the more traditional style car review show of 5th Gear was dropped by channel 5 and is now only available on subscription television.
They often say what they say for comedy effect and if anyone doesn't like that then clearly their sort of comedy isn't for them. They, or Clarkson, often backs down because of those who don't understand his comedy get all politically correct which steam rolls, with the help of the media and others jumping on the band wagon who often didn't even hear what was said originally until it ends up as the major topic in parliament! And to those who complain about top gear not being a real world motoring programme well that's because its not. It's light entertainment based around motor vehicles, in the same way Classic Car Rescue on Channel 5 is a light entertainment programme based around car restoration, its not supposed to be some sort of factual based consumer programme. They've obviously got the format right because it does very well all over the world with other countries bringing out their own versions and then theirs all the merchandise. Meanwhile the more traditional style car review show of 5th Gear was dropped by channel 5 and is now only available on subscription television. BarrHumbug
  • Score: 0

4:27pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Can't wait to see the programme, they'll rip Christchurch and Bournemouth to shreds! Be a massive p.... take.
Can't wait to see the programme, they'll rip Christchurch and Bournemouth to shreds! Be a massive p.... take. Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 0

4:36pm Fri 19 Oct 12

your having a laugh111 says...

I'd like to see Jeremy clarkson blown up
I'd like to see Jeremy clarkson blown up your having a laugh111
  • Score: -1

8:30pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Woods64 says...

I followed them along Somerford bypass towards Sainsburys and the cat complete in its basket flew off the roof of the Fiat, past the Range Rover and I had to swerve to the other lane to avoid hitting the metal cat basket.
Could have caused an accident!
I followed them along Somerford bypass towards Sainsburys and the cat complete in its basket flew off the roof of the Fiat, past the Range Rover and I had to swerve to the other lane to avoid hitting the metal cat basket. Could have caused an accident! Woods64
  • Score: 0

11:25pm Fri 19 Oct 12

FNS-man says...

Clarkson is....... a buffoon who thinks that ...... having pauses in your sentences...... makes you funny. An unmitigated buffoon who doesn't deserve any sensible person's...
Clarkson is....... a buffoon who thinks that ...... having pauses in your sentences...... makes you funny. An unmitigated buffoon who doesn't deserve any sensible person's... FNS-man
  • Score: 0

12:29am Sat 20 Oct 12

Dexterwest says...

FNS-man wrote:
Clarkson is....... a buffoon who thinks that ...... having pauses in your sentences...... makes you funny. An unmitigated buffoon who doesn't deserve any sensible person's...
Why bother to make a comment about a program millions love? Topgear is an entertainment program, and if you read any of his books you'd realise clarkson makes a lot of sense, and whilst he goes off on a subject, he's also objective to his views in that he shouldn't be taken seriously. Topgear is the best show on tv, I cannot wait til it's on next year.

If you don't like something, you reserve the option to keep your mouth shut about it. For the rest of us, long live top gear!!!!
[quote][p][bold]FNS-man[/bold] wrote: Clarkson is....... a buffoon who thinks that ...... having pauses in your sentences...... makes you funny. An unmitigated buffoon who doesn't deserve any sensible person's...[/p][/quote]Why bother to make a comment about a program millions love? Topgear is an entertainment program, and if you read any of his books you'd realise clarkson makes a lot of sense, and whilst he goes off on a subject, he's also objective to his views in that he shouldn't be taken seriously. Topgear is the best show on tv, I cannot wait til it's on next year. If you don't like something, you reserve the option to keep your mouth shut about it. For the rest of us, long live top gear!!!! Dexterwest
  • Score: 1

1:19am Sat 20 Oct 12

MrPitiful says...

Bob49 wrote:
"PS - Clarkson for Prime Minister"


That spineless buffoon, ye gods !

The moment he is challenged he backs down. There's an awful lot of difference between spouting nonsense to the gullible, and having the principle to stand by it afterwards.

Still, I'm sure he provides some sort of sevice, if only to over excite the assorted collection of 'Trevors and Colins' who still live at home with their mums and wish they could be jolly naughty as well.
Bob49 wrote:

"The moment he is challenged he backs down. There's an awful lot of difference between spouting nonsense to the gullible, and having the principle to stand by it afterwards."

Pot & kettle springs to mind.
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: "PS - Clarkson for Prime Minister" That spineless buffoon, ye gods ! The moment he is challenged he backs down. There's an awful lot of difference between spouting nonsense to the gullible, and having the principle to stand by it afterwards. Still, I'm sure he provides some sort of sevice, if only to over excite the assorted collection of 'Trevors and Colins' who still live at home with their mums and wish they could be jolly naughty as well.[/p][/quote]Bob49 wrote: "The moment he is challenged he backs down. There's an awful lot of difference between spouting nonsense to the gullible, and having the principle to stand by it afterwards." Pot & kettle springs to mind. MrPitiful
  • Score: 0

1:25am Sat 20 Oct 12

MrPitiful says...

Ooh - the Echo quoting mechanism must have had a couple of Friday beers!

Clarkson for PM - definitely. But only if he leads Bournemouth Borough Council for a while on his way up.

That would sort out the local curtain twitchers who live at home at the taxpayer's expense all day wishing they could have a life like the rest of us.
Ooh - the Echo quoting mechanism must have had a couple of Friday beers! Clarkson for PM - definitely. But only if he leads Bournemouth Borough Council for a while on his way up. That would sort out the local curtain twitchers who live at home at the taxpayer's expense all day wishing they could have a life like the rest of us. MrPitiful
  • Score: 0

9:29am Sat 20 Oct 12

dswilliams says...

....just fodder for the masses....
....just fodder for the masses.... dswilliams
  • Score: 0

9:35am Sat 20 Oct 12

FNS-man says...

Dexterwest wrote:
FNS-man wrote:
Clarkson is....... a buffoon who thinks that ...... having pauses in your sentences...... makes you funny. An unmitigated buffoon who doesn't deserve any sensible person's...
Why bother to make a comment about a program millions love? Topgear is an entertainment program, and if you read any of his books you'd realise clarkson makes a lot of sense, and whilst he goes off on a subject, he's also objective to his views in that he shouldn't be taken seriously. Topgear is the best show on tv, I cannot wait til it's on next year.

If you don't like something, you reserve the option to keep your mouth shut about it. For the rest of us, long live top gear!!!!
We're you offended by that? Oh, you shouldn't have been: it was just a joke. How silly of you to get upset.

I really think that someone should put him in a smart car, fill it completely with petrol and then light a match.
[quote][p][bold]Dexterwest[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FNS-man[/bold] wrote: Clarkson is....... a buffoon who thinks that ...... having pauses in your sentences...... makes you funny. An unmitigated buffoon who doesn't deserve any sensible person's...[/p][/quote]Why bother to make a comment about a program millions love? Topgear is an entertainment program, and if you read any of his books you'd realise clarkson makes a lot of sense, and whilst he goes off on a subject, he's also objective to his views in that he shouldn't be taken seriously. Topgear is the best show on tv, I cannot wait til it's on next year. If you don't like something, you reserve the option to keep your mouth shut about it. For the rest of us, long live top gear!!!![/p][/quote]We're you offended by that? Oh, you shouldn't have been: it was just a joke. How silly of you to get upset. I really think that someone should put him in a smart car, fill it completely with petrol and then light a match. FNS-man
  • Score: 0

10:49am Sat 20 Oct 12

Morrigan says...

It actually wasn't funny yesterday when I saw a funeral car and several followers being diverted away from the exit beside Upton Cemetery - their intended destination - and all because that load of j3rks - with help from the Dorset Police I might add (!) had blocked off the slip road in order to blow up a car halfway along it!!!

One funeral procession looking very confused and having to carry on their journey to the next slip road, making them have to do an extra 2 mile journey which was TOTALLY unacceptable!!

And to think we have to pay for that SH!TE which is basically just overindulged big boys playing with their toys from our licence fees!!!!!
It actually wasn't funny yesterday when I saw a funeral car and several followers being diverted away from the exit beside Upton Cemetery - their intended destination - and all because that load of j3rks - with help from the Dorset Police I might add (!) had blocked off the slip road in order to blow up a car halfway along it!!! One funeral procession looking very confused and having to carry on their journey to the next slip road, making them have to do an extra 2 mile journey which was TOTALLY unacceptable!! And to think we have to pay for that SH!TE which is basically just overindulged big boys playing with their toys from our licence fees!!!!! Morrigan
  • Score: 0

11:13am Sat 20 Oct 12

John T says...

Dexterwest wrote: 'If you don't like something, you reserve the option to keep your mouth shut about it.'
Most people know that Clarkson is a complete idiot, so, why, other than the total waste of TV licence payers' money that he gets, does he continue to open his mouth to prove it.
Miaowww!
Dexterwest wrote: 'If you don't like something, you reserve the option to keep your mouth shut about it.' Most people know that Clarkson is a complete idiot, so, why, other than the total waste of TV licence payers' money that he gets, does he continue to open his mouth to prove it. Miaowww! John T
  • Score: 0

12:41pm Sat 20 Oct 12

The Seasider says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
They often say what they say for comedy effect and if anyone doesn't like that then clearly their sort of comedy isn't for them. They, or Clarkson, often backs down because of those who don't understand his comedy get all politically correct which steam rolls, with the help of the media and others jumping on the band wagon who often didn't even hear what was said originally until it ends up as the major topic in parliament!

And to those who complain about top gear not being a real world motoring programme well that's because its not. It's light entertainment based around motor vehicles, in the same way Classic Car Rescue on Channel 5 is a light entertainment programme based around car restoration, its not supposed to be some sort of factual based consumer programme.

They've obviously got the format right because it does very well all over the world with other countries bringing out their own versions and then theirs all the merchandise. Meanwhile the more traditional style car review show of 5th Gear was dropped by channel 5 and is now only available on subscription television.
Well said, I completely agree. This is one of the Beebs star shows, big budget and very successful, being sold all over the world.

I think its time to say it:

"Top Gear is probably the best TV programme IN THE WORLD". (A Clarksonism)

And on that bombshell, goodnight!!
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: They often say what they say for comedy effect and if anyone doesn't like that then clearly their sort of comedy isn't for them. They, or Clarkson, often backs down because of those who don't understand his comedy get all politically correct which steam rolls, with the help of the media and others jumping on the band wagon who often didn't even hear what was said originally until it ends up as the major topic in parliament! And to those who complain about top gear not being a real world motoring programme well that's because its not. It's light entertainment based around motor vehicles, in the same way Classic Car Rescue on Channel 5 is a light entertainment programme based around car restoration, its not supposed to be some sort of factual based consumer programme. They've obviously got the format right because it does very well all over the world with other countries bringing out their own versions and then theirs all the merchandise. Meanwhile the more traditional style car review show of 5th Gear was dropped by channel 5 and is now only available on subscription television.[/p][/quote]Well said, I completely agree. This is one of the Beebs star shows, big budget and very successful, being sold all over the world. I think its time to say it: "Top Gear is probably the best TV programme IN THE WORLD". (A Clarksonism) And on that bombshell, goodnight!! The Seasider
  • Score: 0

4:17pm Sun 21 Oct 12

madras says...

The Seasider wrote:
BarrHumbug wrote:
They often say what they say for comedy effect and if anyone doesn't like that then clearly their sort of comedy isn't for them. They, or Clarkson, often backs down because of those who don't understand his comedy get all politically correct which steam rolls, with the help of the media and others jumping on the band wagon who often didn't even hear what was said originally until it ends up as the major topic in parliament!

And to those who complain about top gear not being a real world motoring programme well that's because its not. It's light entertainment based around motor vehicles, in the same way Classic Car Rescue on Channel 5 is a light entertainment programme based around car restoration, its not supposed to be some sort of factual based consumer programme.

They've obviously got the format right because it does very well all over the world with other countries bringing out their own versions and then theirs all the merchandise. Meanwhile the more traditional style car review show of 5th Gear was dropped by channel 5 and is now only available on subscription television.
Well said, I completely agree. This is one of the Beebs star shows, big budget and very successful, being sold all over the world.

I think its time to say it:

"Top Gear is probably the best TV programme IN THE WORLD". (A Clarksonism)

And on that bombshell, goodnight!!
Mediocrity Sells...
[quote][p][bold]The Seasider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: They often say what they say for comedy effect and if anyone doesn't like that then clearly their sort of comedy isn't for them. They, or Clarkson, often backs down because of those who don't understand his comedy get all politically correct which steam rolls, with the help of the media and others jumping on the band wagon who often didn't even hear what was said originally until it ends up as the major topic in parliament! And to those who complain about top gear not being a real world motoring programme well that's because its not. It's light entertainment based around motor vehicles, in the same way Classic Car Rescue on Channel 5 is a light entertainment programme based around car restoration, its not supposed to be some sort of factual based consumer programme. They've obviously got the format right because it does very well all over the world with other countries bringing out their own versions and then theirs all the merchandise. Meanwhile the more traditional style car review show of 5th Gear was dropped by channel 5 and is now only available on subscription television.[/p][/quote]Well said, I completely agree. This is one of the Beebs star shows, big budget and very successful, being sold all over the world. I think its time to say it: "Top Gear is probably the best TV programme IN THE WORLD". (A Clarksonism) And on that bombshell, goodnight!![/p][/quote]Mediocrity Sells... madras
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7:02pm Sun 21 Oct 12

maglalosus says...

If Clarkson was the Prime Minister, he'd be the best Prime Minister in the world!
If Clarkson was the Prime Minister, he'd be the best Prime Minister in the world! maglalosus
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10:24am Mon 22 Oct 12

scrumpyjack says...

Morrigan wrote:
It actually wasn't funny yesterday when I saw a funeral car and several followers being diverted away from the exit beside Upton Cemetery - their intended destination - and all because that load of j3rks - with help from the Dorset Police I might add (!) had blocked off the slip road in order to blow up a car halfway along it!!!

One funeral procession looking very confused and having to carry on their journey to the next slip road, making them have to do an extra 2 mile journey which was TOTALLY unacceptable!!

And to think we have to pay for that SH!TE which is basically just overindulged big boys playing with their toys from our licence fees!!!!!
Whilst I appreciate what you're saying and agree it was not acceptable in hindsight to have this stunt in a location that would affect funerals, I would suggest that Top Gear makes a lot more money than it costs.
[quote][p][bold]Morrigan[/bold] wrote: It actually wasn't funny yesterday when I saw a funeral car and several followers being diverted away from the exit beside Upton Cemetery - their intended destination - and all because that load of j3rks - with help from the Dorset Police I might add (!) had blocked off the slip road in order to blow up a car halfway along it!!! One funeral procession looking very confused and having to carry on their journey to the next slip road, making them have to do an extra 2 mile journey which was TOTALLY unacceptable!! And to think we have to pay for that SH!TE which is basically just overindulged big boys playing with their toys from our licence fees!!!!![/p][/quote]Whilst I appreciate what you're saying and agree it was not acceptable in hindsight to have this stunt in a location that would affect funerals, I would suggest that Top Gear makes a lot more money than it costs. scrumpyjack
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