Top Gear is a British television series about motor vehicles, primarily cars, and is a relaunched version of the original 1977 show of the same name, airing since 2002, and becoming the most widely watched factual television programme in the world. Written by
From the beginning of season 15, the Reasonably Priced Car, the Chevrolet Lacetti was replaced with the Kia Cee'd. Instead of being crushed, The Lacetti was sent off with a 'viking' burial in which Richard parked it under two old water towers which were about to be demolished, the whole car was flattened, except for the front bumper which emerged pretty much unscathed See more »
[repeated pattern of introducing the Power Lap segment]
Now it is time to see how fast this car goes round our track, and that, of course, means handing it over to our tame racing driver. Some say that
[absurd fact #1]
. Or that
[absurd fact #2]
. All we know is, he's called The Stig.
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Yes, this show is about cars, but then again it isn't. Mostly it's about extremes of opinion, dreams and fantasies, dares, one-up-man-ship, and taking everything just a little bit further. And it's also entertaining - very entertaining, which is what television is meant to be, and so often is not. I'm not all that interested in cars, and my son doesn't even drive, but we both love the show, and watch it religiously.
The balance of presenters: Jeremy, the loud-mouthed, cuttingly funny, over-bearing older guy; Richard, the young, cute, quirky, adolescent one; James, the sensitive, quiet, contemplative, intelligent one; is nothing short of genius!
It seems that no expense is spared, either on the experiments and dares, or on filming, and this adds to the visual experience. This show is funny, even hilarious at times, classy, controversial, and hugely entertaining. Most people I know who watch this show know almost less than nothing about cars, and I think that says a lot about how successfully this program reaches beyond the expected demographic of young male petrol-heads.
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