Did a quick search to see if there was still a thread (I remember one ages ago,) and couldn't see one. After tonight's absolutely brilliant episode, I had to make a thread about this, one of my most favourite of TV shows and undoubtedly the greatest car show in the world.
But Top Gear is more than a car show - it's entertainment and just plain out great fun regardless of if you're a car junkie or not.
Left to Right: Jeremy Clarkson
, Richard Hammond
and James May
..of course, there can be no forgetting The Stig
, the mysterious test-track driver.
To quote the ol' Wikipedia:
Top Gear is a BAFTA, Multi-NTA and Emmy Award-winning BBC television series about motor vehicles, mainly cars. The programme is estimated to have 350 million viewers worldwide and 8 million viewers each week in the UK on BBC Two. The show is presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and The Stig, an anonymous test driver. It is one of the most pirated television shows in the world. Top Gear is also broadcast in Canada on BBC Canada, the United States on BBC America, in Australia on SBS, and in Hong Kong on ATV World.
All the essentialls can be found here, of course: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Gear_%28current_format%29
Finally, some choice youtube uploads. The ones I'm linking are fully-legal and uploaded by BBC Worldwide, but much of Top Gear is avaliable on youtube, which in many ways is a good thing as there are no damn DVDs.
Destroying a Toyota:
Part 1 - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=5hzRLG8dA-E
Part 2(a) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=0Uc4Ksz3nHM
Part 2 (b) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=pwYbLThZbrw
Nissan Jet Car: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=XraeBDMm2PM
Full-Size Radio Controlled Cars: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=iQVH5rrqkFY
The Atom Car: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=WaWoo82zNUA
Tonight's show saw the team road trip across Africa with three second-hand cars, one of which was over 40 years old. The whole thing was amazing; the landscapes and places they visited were beautiful, and the performance they got out of the cars astonishing.
Also of note is their famous American Road Trip where they nearly got killed by rednecks, and their Polar special where they became the first people to ever drive to the North Pole in a car.
Recent news that will be interesting to most of us gamers is that Gran Turismo 5 will feature the Top Gear Test Track as well as fully downloadable episodes of the series. If these'll be free courtesy of the taxpayers money remains to be seen. News Link.
So.. for those of you who watch this show, discuss. For those of you who never have - god damn, look it up and find a place to watch it, even if you're not in the UK.