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  • Premier Icon martinhutch
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    The Indian High Commission made it sound better than it actually was. I would have enjoyed some cheap jibes and tasteless humour. Instead it was simply staged and rather boring.

    joao3v16
    Member

    For goodness’ sake!

    It’s becoming an international passtime to complain about Top Gear.

    “I want to live in a democracy, but I don’t want to be offended”

    Idiots.

    ohnohesback
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    There is good reason to complain about TG, it is utter crap.

    Premier Icon whippersnapper
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    to be honest it was their worst Christmas special so far, and I am normally a defender of the Top gear. The credits at the end really did take the pee.

    not as funny as the other top gear specials… i prefer the ones where the focus is on the adventure and the driving.

    joao3v16
    Member

    TG episodes have become a bit hit-and-miss regarding entertainment value, in my opinion anyway.

    The Christmas special was a miss. Very little that was genuinely amusing or interesting. Mostly prety forgettable.

    After almost a decade, is it reaching the end of it’s natural life? …

    mudshark
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    I usually quite like the silliness but this episode was weak and the lunch delivery race thing was more stupid than I could cope with….

    I did snigger at the eat English Muffins thing though πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon stilltortoise
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    Yep, got to add some agreement to this. This year’s special was so very very poor even in its own right. If you compare it to some of the offer specials it was just a bit embarrassing to be frank. It’s turning into Jackass and not in a good way.

    nealglover
    Member

    This thread has already turned into a list of people ignoring the actual point of the thread completely, and saying saying they either

    “don’t like top gear”

    Or

    “normally like top gear but it’s not as good as it used to be”

    Should be good for a lunchtime laugh though.

    After almost a decade, is it reaching the end of it’s natural life? …

    Not a chance, not unless you want to stump up the money the program makes for the BBC!

    MrSalmon
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    “I want to live in a democracy, but I don’t want to be offended”

    Idiots.

    Can you expand on this? If you live in a democracy can you not think things are crap?

    ski
    Member

    You all know its all a big act with Clarkson & that in real life, he is a charming politically correct, environmentalist & keen cyclist.

    Elfinsafety
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    For me, the casual attitude they displayed towards people’s food, in a nation where many are starving and live in utterly abject poverty, just showed how out of touch and ignorant the whole Top Gear production team is.

    I watched it hoping to see a unique and original insight into India, and how the nation is developing and changing and that, as well as what a fascinating wonderful country it is, like they did with the Vietnam special (their best programme ever, imo).

    Instead it was just Clarkson being a dick, Hammond being a dick, and May looking like he’d rather be somewhere else but needed the money.

    A poor waste of BBC resources. Cooduv bin so much better.

    I watched it hoping to see a unique and original insight into India, and how the nation is developing and changing and that, as well as what a fascinating wonderful country it is, like they did with the Vietnam special (their best programme ever, imo).

    +1

    rkk01
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    I’m not surprised the Indians didn’t like. Even ignoring the normal TG attitudes, the Xmas special was dreadful, particularly in the attitudes displayed towards the local population…

    Even our 10 & 11 YO’s picked up on the incipient racism

    Elfinsafety
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    Not a chance, not unless you want to stump up the money the program makes for the BBC!

    EastEnders, Celebrity Ice Dancing etc make money for the BBC. X-Factor makes money for ITV. McDonalds make huge profits….

    I don’t mind that Top Gear is ‘light hearted entertainment’. Just that it’s not as good as it could be, considering the resources so often wasted on it.

    Elfinsafety – Member
    I watched it hoping to see a unique and original insight into India, and how the nation is developing and changing and that, as well as what a fascinating wonderful country it is

    It’s a comedy/car show, not a documentary. I don’t watch Rhod Gillbert and expect a cuturally sensitive insight into the valleys do I?

    Premier Icon stilltortoise
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    ignoring the actual point of the thread completely

    There was a point to this?? 😯

    brakes
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    It’s a comedy/car show

    it tries to be both of those things, but is neither.
    it’s a ‘withering old donkey, that should have been sent to the glue factory 4 years ago’ show.

    joao3v16
    Member

    “I want to live in a democracy, but I don’t want to be offended”

    Idiots.

    Can you expand on this? If you live in a democracy can you not think things are crap?

    My point was, it’s impossible not to be ‘offended’ by all sorts of stuff in a democratic society because a lot of ‘being offended’ is subjective.

    I don’t remember anyone complaining when the Top Gear Australia presenters were on – there were loads of things for people to vent their fake offence at in that show …

    Thinking something’s crap is different to being ‘offended’ by it.

    ignoring the actual point of the thread completely

    There was a point to this??

    It’s the internet. There’s no point to 99% if it. As I believe James May once said (something alond the lines of) “the internet is a giant ball of pornography wrapped in a thin layer of social networking”

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    A poor waste of BBC resources. Cooduv bin so much better.

    Except that Top Gear makes them a ton of cash – so even a decidedly ropey effort like that is actually a boost to BBC resources by the time it has been resold to Dave and other channels.

    Hence why it stumbles on.

    mudshark
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    It’s a cash cow now but not long until it’s a dog maybe.

    joao3v16
    Member

    Hence why it stumbles on

    Bit like the Monarchy then? Bring in more than they cost the UK

    πŸ˜‰

    Premier Icon ransos
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    It’s a comedy/car show, not a documentary. I don’t watch Rhod Gillbert and expect a cuturally sensitive insight into the valleys do I?

    Was there a reason you missed this bit out of your quotation?

    like they did with the Vietnam special (their best programme ever, imo).

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    I think they should do an episode where they have to turn an Austin Allegro into a speedboat and then use it to jump over a shark…

    bigyinn
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    So the program was show twice over a major holiday period, yet received ONLY 23 complaints? Goodness gracious me!

    Elfinsafety
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    It’s a comedy/car show, not a documentary

    As Brakes has pointed out, it failed on both counts.

    And when did it actually become a ‘comedy’ programme? I thought it was a show about cars and driving cars. And it duzent appear in the ‘Comedy’ section on iPlayer, but in the ‘Factual’ section…

    Except that Top Gear makes them a ton of cash

    Did you see this bit?

    EastEnders, Celebrity Ice Dancing etc make money for the BBC. X-Factor makes money for ITV. McDonalds make huge profits….

    Premier Icon seosamh77
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    joao3v16 – Member
    For goodness’ sake!

    It’s becoming an international passtime to complain about Top Gear.In fairness, I really like top gear, especially the ‘specials’, but that episode was shit.

    wellhung
    Member

    For me, the casual attitude they displayed towards people’s food, in a nation where many are starving and live in utterly abject poverty, just showed how out of touch and ignorant the whole Top Gear production team is.

    I watched it hoping to see a unique and original insight into India, and how the nation is developing and changing and that, as well as what a fascinating wonderful country it is, like they did with the Vietnam special (their best programme ever, imo).

    Instead it was just Clarkson being a dick, Hammond being a dick, and May looking like he’d rather be somewhere else but needed the money.

    A poor waste of BBC resources. Cooduv bin so much better.

    Cripes 2nd time in as many months i find myself in agreement with PaddedBra, where’s my revolver?

    theflatboy
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    GrahamS – Member
    I think they should do an episode where they have to turn an Austin Allegro into a speedboat and then use it to jump over a shark…

    nice cross-show referencing. πŸ™‚

    Elfinsafety
    Member

    Goodness gracious me!

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6h0lkq-Sno[/video]

    Indian!

    surfer
    Member

    I watched it hoping to see a unique and original insight into India, and how the nation is developing and changing and that, as well as what a fascinating wonderful country it is

    Oh come off it!

    coffeeking
    Member

    . I write this to convey our deep disappointment over the documentary for its content and the tone of the presentation.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2085584/Jeremy-Clarkson-sparks-fury-Indian-High-Commission-tasteless-Christmas-special.html#ixzz1jFMBHlcH

    And that’s where they fell down. Clearly the high commission were under the impression that this was a documentary, as many here are.

    It wasn’t very funny, it was mildly amusing, I suspect if the same sort of cheap jokes were levelled against us by the French in a TV programme we’d probably really not give a damn and life would carry on as normal.

    Premier Icon Nick
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    Remember, he was only joking, you know, it was a joke, it was funny.

    Wasn’t it?

    I mean, given just how long they have been providing us with hillarious top class entertainment it’s a wonder they haven’t run out of ideas and started peddling pedestrian 2nd rate crap, isn’t it?

    Edukator
    Member

    I can’t think of journalist to host such a show in France. Bigots, racists and xenophobes don’t get air time on state TV, or on private TV for that matter.

    The British press has however been scandalised by some fairly innocuous comments from our politicians. So innocuous I bet you’ll have to Google to remind yourself of anything that’s caused fuss.

    jools182
    Member

    If you don’t like it, don’t watch it

    I actually enjoy some puerile nonsense now and again

    I still don’t get why slagging it off seems to have become a pastime. There are plenty of other shows to have a go at – see X Factor, Britains (not) got talent, Strictly, Kardashians, most itv ‘dramas’

    Just turn over if you don’t like it

    schrickvr6
    Member

    I don’t like him either!

    ScottChegg
    Member

    …casual attitude they displayed towards people’s food…

    Of course, it wouldn’t be staged, would it? That must have been some 6 year olds lunch while he was stitching Reeboks together; will no one think of the children?

    Did you see the one were they set the caravan on fire? I saw some Pringles in the flames; such waste.

    It’s not real; it’s not serious. Get a sense of perspective rather than sitting in front of the tv waiting for something to be offended about.

    Premier Icon stilltortoise
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    I think at least half of us are were Top Gear fans bothered by the fact it was distinctly under-par.

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