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Top Gear Clarkson rides again

On 4 Feb 2011 at 9:39am piglet wrote:
When will the BBC ever learn? Top Gear has long gone past it's sell by date and over the years deteriorated from dear old William Woolard and being a proper motoring program to the childish drivel it is now - it would probably embarrass readers of Beano - it's not funny anymore.
Clarkson is simply a fat, mouth in bottom, over-trousered, over-paid dummy, a bit like Mubarak, who won't accept when it's time to go. The BBC and the mugs like us who pay his wages need to pull the plug on him and his two little chums and send him back to the play pen.
This idiot not only has spolied countless TV evenings, wrecked hundreds of vehicles, got through thousands of gallons of petrol,torn up green fields and virgin deserts and generally swanned around at our expense.
In the mould of Ross, Brand, Clarkson has become untouchable in the eyes of the BBC. What's it got to do with Lewes? No escape wherever you live from Moby Dick. Send in the camels.
On 4 Feb 2011 at 10:43am Mystic Mog wrote:
He also continues to tell unthruths and myths about the UK car industry.
On 4 Feb 2011 at 11:42am petrolhead wrote:
piglet - You seem to be aware that you're not obliged to watch Top gear.
If you dont like it, there are plenty of other channels what may accommodate your sophisticated tastes.
If you're paying your TV license - why not try some of those other buttons on there. I think "The Mute" button would be most suited to you.
On 4 Feb 2011 at 11:43am popeye wrote:
I thought it was only me that thought he was a prat. I feel the same about that other pompous git on the one show Cris Evans. God I sound bitchy.
On 4 Feb 2011 at 12:01pm Mystic Mog wrote:
I raise you Chris Moyles. He must be the worst.
On 4 Feb 2011 at 1:12pm jrsussex wrote:
Like others I thought I was one of a small minority in my dislike of Top Gear and its presenters. Three men playing at being very silly young boys at the expense of the BBC and as a licence fee payer, petrolhead I, and others, are entitled to an opinion. Some years ago Top Gear was a very good motoring programme, not any more thanks to Clarkson and his two mates.
Mystic Mog is correct in that he did play a part in the downfall of Rover and has always denigrated the UK car industry.
On 4 Feb 2011 at 2:20pm Vroom! wrote:
I am not Top Gear's biggest fan but I feel obliged to point out that Top Gear is a big earner for the BBC. It is sold around the world, particularly popular in the USA and is profitable for the Beeb. Furthermore I know from personal experience that many of the firms who are hired to help out with stunts do not receive a fee that covers their costs. They are glad to appear on Top Gear because of the exposure it receives. Its free publicity. So the argument about it being at the "expense of the licence fee payer" does not hold water.
On 4 Feb 2011 at 2:26pm Vroom! wrote:
Regarding the above point see See hXXp://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/jul/06/top-gear-bbc-worldwide-profit
On 4 Feb 2011 at 3:24pm Misery wrote:
Biggest rated show on BBC 2...Top Gear
Largest audience on BBC Radio 2, with ave of 600K more listeners than Wogan ...Chris Evans
It's a funny old world!
On 4 Feb 2011 at 8:53pm expat two wrote:
I remember the (much better) older magazine format with that posh girl, Tiff Needell and a bank of guest presenters. That was the golden era of Top Gear. Clarkson was a bit player in that for a while but not the last series - I assumed because BBC realised what an uncharismatic and boorish mistake he was.
I couldn't believe it when they gave the dick a dull warehouse full of balding idiots and their thick girlfriends dribbling in delight as the old creep abuses them. I just don't get it, and can't bring myself to watch it.
And he looks like he's wearing a wig made from pubes found on the lino in the corners of a launderette. I bet he wears trousers with an elasticated waist.
Top Gear is the BBC's flagship example of dumbing down to get ratings. If you think high ratings = good tv, then you must think x factor, I'm a celebrity..etc. are even better than Top Gear.
On 4 Feb 2011 at 9:05pm piglet wrote:
Petrolhead - no guessing where you come from - yes I do have a choice, but I also like to see where my money is being wasted. Surely even you can see what idiots these people are. As for Vroom, it doesn't matter who pays for it, it's immature, unacceptable -if this is the best we can offer USA then God help us. Don't try telling me that that these generous firms so willing to get publicity pay Clarkson's fat wage bill and the costs of running this tripe. I wonder what you are going to do when the oil runs out.
Yes, Evans is a prat too.
On the plus side, it's nice to see a bit of lively debate instead of being glued to these wasters
On 4 Feb 2011 at 9:07pm piglet wrote:
Nice one Expat
On 5 Feb 2011 at 11:47am Charlie wrote:
I think it is a great programme. Shall we get Norman to appear on it as the guest in a reasonably priced car as the Transport Minister! That would be a laugh
On 5 Feb 2011 at 11:54am Brian Sprocket wrote:
So it's ' I don't like a certain television program, but instead of simply not watching it, I'll post my opinion on a local web forum'
My god, some of you really do have too much time on your hands.
On 5 Feb 2011 at 5:18pm jrsussex wrote:
Brian Sprocket - Quite incredible comment. I do not like Top Gear, I do not watch it for that reason but as the subject was brought up on this forum I gave an opinion. My apologies for having apparently upset you in some way, but I foolishly thought that as a citizen of this country, free speech and all that, I could give an opinion.on any subject I felt I'd like to.
That freedom is a small part of what makes this country what it is, a good place to live, far from perfect but much batter than others.
On 5 Feb 2011 at 5:50pm charlie wrote:
JRsussex you are very sensitive about what is written on this site......do not take it to heart that people are out to get you!
On 5 Feb 2011 at 8:01pm expat two wrote:
Brian, your comment reminds me of the following joke;
An old man stops an angler on his way home, and mockingly says - "you've wasted your entire day sitting on that riverbank, look at you, you haven't caught a single fish, you're a loser". "how do you know I haven't caught any fish?" says the angler, to which the old man replies "I've been watching you"
On 5 Feb 2011 at 8:43pm jrsussex wrote:
Charlie - I sorry if it has not been taken as it was meant, very much tongue in cheek. That's me, I happen to have a very dry sense of humour. I'm sure Brian Sprocket is a decent person and never meant anything personal.
Are you my eldest grandson, Charlie boy winding ya' ole grandad up?
On 7 Feb 2011 at 12:30pm Ed Can Do wrote:
I like Top Gear. If you want actual motoring journalism there's that incredibly boring show on Channel 5 and I'm sure the annoying bald bloke from Cowboy Builders does one during the day too. Top Gear isn't about buying cars any more, it's a car based entertainment programme and obviously it's not to everyone's taste. It is though one of the highest earners for the BBC in terms of being sold abroad so you can't say that it's a waste of licence money. I imagine that in terms of income minus costs, there are any number of more wasteful shows on the BBC.

I've never really seen the point of whinging about shows I don't like. If I don't like it I watch something else, simple really. If there are a load of shows you don't like then maybe you're watching the wrong channels in general? There's a sad irony perhaps that the more elderly or luddite members of society are less likely to enjoy the output of primetime telly on the old terrestrial channels yet are also less likely to have any means of watching the huge variety of rubbish available on digital tv.

For anyone thinking of joining the digital age, Freesat is pretty good if you've already got a dish up, at least you only get shown the channels you can watch as opposed to putting a free card in a Sky box which shows you the full listing of every channel, even though you can only watch perhaps one in ten. I believe you can pick up Freeview from most higher up areas of Lewes and they're due to upgrade the main transmitter to digital next year.

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