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Old 07-07-2010, 12:50   #61
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And who did not see the colditz escape gag coming? Might as well have dressed as RAF pilots.

The star in a reasonable priced car has had its day and is a bore. Could be better if the star is driven by a registered blind person. Or the star trying to avoid being run over by Vinnie Jones in a reasonably priced car.
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Old 07-07-2010, 13:02   #62
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Yeah, it should now become Star in a ridiculously dangerous car & use celebs everyone hates. eg stick Jordan in a Caterham, shove her out on a wet track & watch her flip over & explode in a ball of flame around Gambon.

I'd happily fund that kind of thing via my tv-licence.
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Old 07-07-2010, 13:17   #63
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They definitely should have shown that. It was better than the track bit of the challenge!
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Old 07-07-2010, 13:55   #64
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Old 07-07-2010, 20:27   #65
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Saw somewhere that the star in car interview was cut down from 25 minutes to 9.... how bad would it be if they were all that long and they showed it!
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Old 07-07-2010, 21:08   #66
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They definitely should have shown that. It was better than the track bit of the challenge!
It was better than the Star in the Car and the interview that followed, what did happen to James, did he just run out of petrol
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Old 08-07-2010, 00:40   #67
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It was better than the Star in the Car and the interview that followed, what did happen to James, did he just run out of petrol
I'm guessing they didn't say then as they had planned to cut back to the studio to explain why. Very old car + 75+mph = lower than expected MPG? Still its died once, whos to say he ran out.
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Having watched a re-run of the caravanning episode I am more conviced than ever that so many of the mishaps are actually staged , good telly and all that...
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I love the reinvented Top Gear, or should that be loved? I know its tightly scripted, slapstick, jokes and all. I know its content is dumbed down to appeal to everyone, not just petrolheads. But you know what, I didn't mind, because it was damn entertaining and at the end of the day its an hour long programme about cars.

The interplay between the presenters was very good too. Sure, some of it was forced, but there's clearly chemistry between them and their different characters and styles complement each other.

But 2 or 3 series ago, Hammond in particular became a caricature of himself, turned all the way up to 11. It was verging on the cringeworthy and desperate and just really started to grate with me. There was also the start of signs that they'd run out of things to do. Even with some of their more interesting and at times, brilliant ideas, even their long road trip programmes started to suffer because of their need to crowbar in the lame jokes and recurring banter. I just didn't get it, there was no need for it, it would still have been entertaining.

And now the new series. I'm sure its just me, but the joke has been worn out. I can't remember two episodes which I've not enjoyed so much in the entire run up to now. Completely unfunny and extremely laboured. There was always a mis-step or two in the show, but for every one feature or joke that just fell flat, there were another half dozen that were worked. This now seems to have been completely reversed.

There were mutterings a while back that the show had run its course, so I thought they might have freshened it up a bit, but they just seem to have missed the point completely. I don't know who the show is aimed at now and its really disappointing to see how its gone this season.
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I vaguely remember there was an Aston Marin, a wedding, the bride in white, or waas it th Porch, an thenn thewer was a Mazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz . . . . .
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Old 11-07-2010, 21:50   #71
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And there was Rubens Barachello, Rupert Grint, Clarkson tape pants, the word pussy being bandied about a bit etc
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thought it was really good fun tonight
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Old 11-07-2010, 22:54   #73
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Yeah me too, but I think TG has fallen out of forum favour so expect negativity.

Loved the little jibe at the Iphone. lol. Reubens was awesome as was the bloke from Harry Potter. Enjoyed the challenge up to the wedding bit when it got a little boring. Class toilet seat though.

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Old 12-07-2010, 09:47   #74
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I thought it was fine myself, the wedding stuff had to be set up not matter what they said as I can't believe they would screw around that much on someone's big day. Reubens was good value (he was advertising his appearance in a interview after the grand prix yesterday) plus you had the added bonus of a busty blonde right behind him.
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Much improved this week. Anyone here willing to admit to owning that 4-door Porsche? ... I never thought it possible to make a Porsche look so ugly.
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:00   #76
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Enjoyed it. Challenge was very entertaining for the most part, guests were good.

Not quite sure what universe you could ever get away with calling that horrible Merc a 'Muscle Car' though, no matter how powerful it may be.
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plus you had the added bonus of a busty blonde right behind him.
Which one. The one in the black top looked bored senseless.
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I saw an ex girlfriend of mine in the audience last year, it enouraged me to go stalk her on facebook and ask her about it, she said it was the most boring day of her life,,, it was fun, but they took about 5 hours to make the show and mostly nothing happened...

and yes, they do pick the good looking girls to stand behind the presenters.
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Much improved this week. Anyone here willing to admit to owning that 4-door Porsche? ... I never thought it possible to make a Porsche look so ugly.
I test drove one a few months ago, when I thought I wanted a four-door car. The Panamera was a wonderful car, with an incredibly smart interior and it drove beautifully. I also thought it looked extraordinary - like the Cayenne, it's really imposing if not conventionally beautiful. I've only ever seen one Panamera on the road and there are rumours that Aston's Rapide is being heavily discounted. What a daft idea that was. Why didn't they just make a proper Lagonda with four doors?

For my money, there's only one contender in the high-performance, four-door sector and that's the Jaguar XFR and at Ł60,000 it's an absolute bargain.

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The white paintjob didn't really do the Panamera any favours either. I've seen a black one in the metal and although it wasn't the prettiest thing on the road it didn't look anywhere near as hideous as the one the TG boys were driving.

I have to say I'm not that taken with the Rapide either, despite loving the styling of pretty much every Aston in recent history. The Maserati's more conventional 4dr saloon styling just works so much better than the stretched offerings from the other two.
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