Well that bites. Short season on top of that too.
Ouch, looks like no christmas special
THE Top Gear Christmas special will go out a little late this year, it was revealed last night.
The show will be broadcast in February, according to presenter James May, who also confirmed the next series will be six episodes rather than eight.
Top Gear specials have been the centrepiece of the past four Christmases on BBC2.
May, who hosts the show with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, said: “It’s actually now a Winter Special in a very hot country. The reason is that it is part of the next series, our January/February one, which is quite a short one. We weren’t able to film it until quite late in the year and there is a lot of editing putting it together.
“We would be rushing it a bit if we got it out before Christmas. We were already calling it ‘Top Gear’s February Christmas Special’.
“At least we’ve avoided clashing with X Factor and I’m A Celebrity... There’s no point tearing your audience apart by dividing them.”
Last edited by Astr0Chuk; 12-08-2012 at 04:54 AM.
Well that bites. Short season on top of that too.
God damn it. I was looking forward to the 8 episode season. So is it special plus 6 episodes now? The wording is sort of ambiguous, where May says it's "part of the season". Really suck if it' just considered one of the 6 episodes.
on the plus side, they did come out with a pretty sweet DVD doc this year. Top Gear: The Worst Car in The World.
I watched the Bolivia episode the other day. I do not usually watch Top Gear so I do not know if that was a new episode or an old one, but it was brilliant.
It's a few years old, but one of my favorites.
I'm one of the only people in my circle of friends that doesn't watch this show. I've never been a car guy, so I figured there would be nothing interesting for me. A friend made me sit down and watch the episode where they drive around South America in cars they bought online, and it was pretty great. Are most of the episodes like this?
Just watched the worst car dvd special, pretty great. The way it devolves in to them shitting on each other's favorite cars was outstanding.
The stone lions and the booties almost had me in tears
The lion's smirk! That was amazing.
Last edited by brekk; 12-15-2012 at 08:53 PM.
Wasn't there some speculation a few years ago that BBC was trying to kill off the show? I know they had their budget significantly slashed a while back. But they still put out a quality series (and have since). I know their ratings are awesome, but I wonder if they actually make the BBC enough money to recoup what they spend on it.
It sounds crazy, but maybe by cutting down the number of episodes per series, they're either trying to kill or save the show (kill by getting less, save by spending less).
i thought they rotate each year. one year we get 8 the next we get 6?
I just don't understand how they are now making less episodes with more money. I miss the 10-14 episode seasons.
I liked the worst car one. But if you come in to a DVD expecting the full on show you will be disappointed.
i would rather just get the extended/directors cut dvds of the tv show specials. sadly looks like they have gone away from making them.
So, starts up Sunday(27th). Wiki summary of the first episode. These aren't always accurate previews though.
And full season hints/preview stuff.Jeremy attempts to build a car that’s even smaller than the Peel P50. • James road tests the new 205mph Bentley Continental GT Speed by taking it out on a British Rally stage. • Richard is out on the test track in the new Pagani Huayra.
• An Africa special which will see the boys drive used estate cars they bought online for £1,500 (BMW 5-Series Touring, a Volvo 850 T5-R, and a Subaru WRX).
• A USA special coming which will feature the SRT Viper, Lexus LFA, and an Aston Martin Vanquish.
• Jeremy commissions students taking Coventry University automotive design to make him a car that's even smaller than the Peel P50 he drove a few years ago.
• James attempts to turn a Bentley Continental GT into a rally car
• A Road Trip: Shelby Mustang GT500 versus a train
• The boys redesign a Fiat Multipla to make it into the ultimate car for old people
• Car rugby with Kia Cee'ds
• Road tests of the Toyota GT86, Pagani Huayra, Ferrari F12, Lotus Exige V6 S and a hot hatch battle (Ford Focus ST, Renault Megane RenaultSport Cup 265, and Vauxhall Astra VXR).[/list]
Booooo! I want a test of the Koenigsegg Agera R.
Looking forward to seeing the F12 in action and see james turning a small boat into a rally car.
What a pleasant surprise. Thought this was starting in february
New Pagani is insane. Never thought the Atom V8 would be beaten.
This is the Bentley as they returned it to the factory, driven straight from the race track. From the official Bentley twitter thing.
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You have to wonder what kind of insane insurane the BBC must have for this show, or do they make the manufactures sign a "Yes, I've seen the show before an it is possible our $100,000+ car may be driven on a track by assholes acting like wankers and turned into a horrible heap of nothing."
Though honestly, now that I'm thinking about it, aside from maybe a swipe of the tire wall or two, I can't recall anything really horrible happening to any of the nice cars. It is only the cheap ones they seriously abuse.
Maybe it is just a terrible comment on my personality that I see them driving around $100,000+ cars and think "Fuck, who would let them borrow that car and how much must the insurance be to cover them if they wreck it!" before I think "Gwooorr, that is sexy."
Ugh, I need to get caught up on Top Gear...I've not watched it in ages. I'm feeling left out.
i loved the shit out of this week's episode, although where as i think jeremy was over exaggerating how scared he was driving that crapcar, May looked like he was having a really bad time in that bentley during the rallycar lap. worse than the time he got fucked up in that speedboat race.
I haven't seen season 2 of Homeland yet, so when Damien Lewis came out and started talking about it, I had to skip the interview instantly.
The time the Pagani put down was mind blowing. The Atom V8 was more than a second ahead of the McLaren, and the Pagani beat THAT time by more than a second. Totally nuts.
And the mini car thing at the end had me laughing, you could see the judges at the end trying to hold a straight face a lot.
Looks like this will be a really solid season.
Wow did not expect the pagani to be that fast, that one might actually stay at the top for awhile like the ascari did. Nice to see the guys back even though 6-7 episode seasons might be they way of the future.
Burnout penis was A+ would watch again.
Where are you guys watching this, online?
I thought my DVR was set for the new episodes on BBC America, but haven't seen it picked up yet.
Ah, Ok, Mondays is when they show new episodes on BBC America, so tomorrow night!
The Aston looked fucking amazing, lexus also. The Viper looked absolute shit compared to both of them.
I fucking love it when they come to 'Murica.
I've never been an Astin fan, but holy damn that Astin Martin was as good as I've seen a car look.
its too bad the viper was shit, though for its price you really get a lot of car. the astin was fucking incredible. i liked their "creative editing" while driving 55. did anyone else catch the jack bauer reference at the end when hammond walked across the border to mexico with his manpurse?
Man, they were seriously like an hour away from here. I doubt they allow the public near them when they're filming (outside of the open road stuff), but I would've loved to have seen it.
Echoing everyone else, the Aston was just fucking *gorgeous*. The Viper was so terribly plain and drab in comparison. Honestly I don't think the Lexus was anywhere near as sexy as the Aston either, it looked "cool," but it just didn't have that pure beauty that the Aston did.
Also the modified police vehicles were just hilarious as hell.
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I laughed when May said, "Oh look, there's a drive through dentist, Hammond will have to stop there."
They've done this to US cars before. The one test was a Chrysler 300, the one Aussie drift car they love, and some Jag that was 2-3x the cost of either. Shit is silly. But I guess there's no great direct comparison here. The new Vette isn't out yet and they already did(and loved) the previous generation ZR-1. I'm not sure if stuff like the Hennessey Venom or SSC Aero would fit in, they're more in the Pagani/Koenigsegg class of hypercars.
The Lexus isn't the prettiest car(it's not ugly, it's just sitting next to the Astin), but it's like the GT-R in that it's just absolutely amazing to drive apparently. They loved it before and really the only complaint was the fact it's a Lexus.
Dickskids were amazing. And it was one of the more tense final races they've done even if it is all planned out.
I do hope they get to fuck around with the SSC or Hennessey eventually. I guess both are a couple years old, but the new SSC Tuatara is supposed to best the Veyron SS so I hope they get that when it's out.
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that irish chick's accent is so fucking hot
She is Scottish... like her accent.
Liked the show yesterday - that SS is a beastly looking car. In Europe it's probably well over 50k EUR - shame.
Anyway - why would they test a Hennessey or a SSC, let alone pit it against a Veyron? They are kit cars, built in a shed.
They happen to go fast but neither of them are nowhere near the achievement that the Veyron is.
scottish, irish, whateverish, shes fucking hot and her voice is goddamned sexy.
Good episode, I didn't realize how long it had been since they'd done this style of Europe crossing race. Something I didn't realize I missed so much.
Jeremy has been great this season. I mean, he's great every season, but especially so this season so far.
Last edited by Grimmlokk; 02-11-2013 at 10:02 PM.
i had thought that jeremy was going to hatch a secret plot with may to fuck over hammond so he loses again. hammond is such a prick when he wins anything.
Loved May pulling out the bike. And loved Hammond winning just because he doesn't like soccer but he wanted to beat the other two.
The part with Jeremy listing the awful features of Mustang lovers and then it cuts to May/Hammond and his cheese when he answers that he does indeed own a Mustang. So good.
Only thing I'm disappointed with this season so far is that they're not track testing enough stuff. They should have handed the Stig the GT500, the Vanquish, the Viper, hell even the LFA for a lap in the dry.
Also, the easiest way to counter all the UK flag waving over european cars is to remind the Brits that at least we still make cars in the USA.
-Rolls Royce - German owned.
-Bentley - German owned.
-Jaguar - Indian owned.
-Aston Martin - Owned by Ford for a while, now shared by several owners, apparently.
-Land Rover - Indian owned.
-MG - Chinese owned.
-Lotus - Malaysian owned.
-MINI - German owned.
-Vauxhall - American owned.
I find that kind of sad though, since I wish the Brits were still doing things well enough to have their own marques back. Maybe some day.
Oh it won't be the amazing thing the Veyron was, just higher top speed. Just like their last car was until they made the SS version.
I've never read reviews or anything on the refinement of the SSC Aero. I don't really hunt that stuff down I just wait for the fellas to tell me how bad it is.
There are some UK owned companies still, McLaren may be the best known. Morgan and Caterham are as well I think. Noble are or were, but I'm not sure they make any cars now. None of them make many cars.
Surprised they still cut shit out and edit for the US broadcast. They said they were going to cut down on that stuff, which they did, but but they could have edited it better to cut other stuff and not parts of the interviews/news/challenges. watched the UK cut and the US cut synced and estimate about 7 minutes cut
BBCA is ass. i only watch that shit for old kitchen nightmares episodes from Fox because they can curse a little bit and only bleep out the fucks.
They should just cut out the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car to make room for commercials. I don't give a fuck what some Brit celebrity thinks about anything.
i still enjoy the show but it is a little pet peeve
I watch it and sometimes enjoy it, but if something has to be cut for commercials it's the obvious choice to me.
I wouldn't want a single second of this show cut, glad I download the full UK torrents of it.
Also if I skipped the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment I'd have missed out on the glorious Scottish Fap-Mats of this last episode.
Any attractive Scottish chick with a nice voice is a winner. The Dewars commercials give me pants tent every time. Karen Gillan is a perfect example of hot Scot
If I had the cash id move to scotland and become a citizen. Everything out of there is awesome
Their conversation about hand brake turns was amazing. Just all the stories of their youth and using it to drop panties. "I'd already warmed her up with some rally driving."
This was an awesome episode. I'll just say it... Top Gear UK = one of the best shows ever.
But yeah, great episode start to finish. Classic Top Gear. People get so hung up on the specials and big trip episodes they ignore how great it can be when it's just the guys talking cars and reviewing them. With the help of Matt LeBlanc, Eric Clapton, and Bruce Willis....
Also, I'll be using "terrible rubbish" in conversation now. Also also, every time they refer to it as "horsepowerS" or "torqueS" an angel gets it's wings.
this was indeed a classic episode. it even exceded an hour. that mexicant car is a piece of shit as it is. maybe in a few years it wont suck. i do like that new Kia Ce'ed. do we get a US version?
It's basically the same car as a Kia Forte.
Why the hell would you watch this on television and not download it?
The rugby match was awesome. I bet they had a hell of a lot of fun doing it.
My panties got wet just now when they announced the christmas special is going to span 2 episodes.
if you had the choice of watching the full episode over watching the episode broken up over 2 weeks you would pick the 2 week deal?
You do realize this is their christmas special they fractured and not a regular episode, right?
Also its hardly crying because im not impressed they broke up their christmas special. if you're fine waiting two weeks to finish it. Then good for you. I didnt even mention how great it is they released their christmas special in march.
Last edited by Astr0Chuk; 02-28-2013 at 12:21 AM.
How about you just wait until Christmas to watch both episodes back to back and stop shitting up this thread with your incessant faggotry?
Lol my apologies to the OP for being unimpressed.
Looking foward to the Africa special
That was amazing so far, lots of funny moments and bit of drama as well. Driving in Africa, especially those countries, is truely an experience.
I couldn't really tell, were they have supposed to stay in that traffic jam the entire night? They seemed rather refreshed in the morning. Whereas after the night in the "hotel," they (especially James) really looked like shit.
They were supposed to have, yes. I'm sure in reality some crew member got to man the cars while they slept somewhere. Don't care, episode was fantastic. Hammond on the mud road was having the time of his life. If the second half lives up to the first this will be right up there with the Borneo and Vietnam trips, and maybe set a precedent for two part specials. God knows they have plenty of content.
I was actually amazed what they did with the interior of their cars, pretty sick job all around. Although as soon as I saw the gas stove in Hammond's... well, we all know how that usually ends. I'm sure it'll come next episode.
I was thinking something would have already. Towards the end where Hammond was cooking and Jeremy was looking at the map in the rain before calling them over, they did a close up shot of the stove with kettle sitting there unattended. I thought for sure the next shot after them talking was going to be Hammond's car on fire.
The Vietnam trip is my all time favorite Top Gear episode (with the North Pole special a close second).
This one is turning out to be right up there. Can't wait for part two!
Vietnam and South Pole are two of the best. I think the Bolivia special was my favorite.
Fucking pumped for part 2 this weekend.
North pole, its mighty hard to drive to the south pole.
That autonomous military truck James raced in the previous episode was pretty amazing and scary at the same time.
so in order not to bitch i decided to wait a week to watch both episodes back to back like it was a true christmas special. what a great special. i loved every moment. hammond's car did not catch fire even though i was sure that it would like everyone else. grats to James May on discovering the source of the nile. the best part was the river crossing.and holy shit when is africa ever going to discover the 15th century? let alone the 21st?
actually no, the best part was that colossal douchebag hammond didnt win.
the holiday specials go in this ordernow.
South America>North Pole>Vietnam>Africa>Botswana>Middle East>US>India
I'm going to wait on the Christmas specials myself.
I must say though, I had some misgivings about this season before it started, but it really has been quite terrific.
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