• Dec 29, 2008
We all love the incredibly well produced segments on BBC's Top Gear. The photography is amazing, the settings are spectacular and Jeremy Clarkson is bombastic. The only problem with all of that is that it costs big bucks. Flying to San Francisco and then buying a Challenger SRT-8 when Chrysler won't loan you one for a week costs money. Budgets are getting slashed everywhere and the BBC is no exception. As much we'd like to think that Top Gear would be a top priority and therefore have a blank check, it just ain't so.

Producer Andy Wilman has said that while the show's budget is large, there isn't really any waste and not much they can cut. That means the budget cuts will be noticeable in the show. It's not clear exactly how much the budget is being cut or where the cuts will be made. Less travel and fewer stunts like the recent Fiesta versus Corvette mall chase are likely to be the result. Perhaps they should get the new shows on BBC America quicker so we can see them with the ads instead of having to rely on YouTube. Or even put the show on iTunes as it comes out.

[Source: The Telegraph]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see the Stig having to test econo-hatches and hybrids on public traffic roads instead of sliding R8s around wet tracks. Change him name to the 'Stuck'.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hammond should let his hair grow down to his shoulders.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would rather watch Top Gear on YouTube without commercials than watch it on any TV station with the commercials. I actually prefer the Fifth Gear Vids.

      What I like most about Top Gear is that they get their hands on a lot of great cars, they race them on their own track with a "real driver" (Stig=Tiff Needell) and they keep close record of what car ran what....so I trust their numbers better than any publication might attempt around a track.

      However, sometimes the jocularity, insults to Italians and Americans and loads of hypocrisy get in the way.

        • 6 Years Ago
        "However, sometimes the jocularity, insults to Italians and Americans and loads of hypocrisy get in the way."

        And thats what turns me away. Trust me. Watching 5mins of Motor Trend TV or any of the US car shows makes me appreciate TG but as much as I want to like TG, their views put me off. I'm not saying be PC or nice. But the hate and arrogance seems a bit outdated especially coming from a nationality that doesn't make a single vehicle that isin't somehow owned by a German or American firm.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Overpaid, overhyped British wankers.

      Anyone who is really interested in cars and not a circus would do themselves a great service to watch Autocar instead.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You mean Autocar, as in tedious, factually inaccurate, typo-laden British magazine, Autocar? Do us a favour and get out of here; it's a shadow of its former self and about as entertaining as syphilis on the night you're about to lose your virginity.

        The videos are dull, the presenters more-so. Driver's Republic would be a better choice of the UK car media.
      • 6 Years Ago
      or make a freakin dvd box set.

      Monetize that bitch!
        • 6 Years Ago
        how have they not?!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope they don't change the things that make it Top Gear.

      Why don't the BBC show Top Gear on U.S. television? I don't want a U.S. version. I want Jeremy, Richard and James and the Stig on my show otherwise I'm not watching. BBC, please, can't you just give us the new season as it's airing? Even a week delay per episode to edit for commercials would be better than nothing. Seriously, you want to make more money? Give the rest of the world it's Top Gear fix.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There is no American show, especially not car show, that uses the artistic shots that TG uses. It makes TG really stand out, and makes it different then so many other shows. I hope the changes won't be TOO noticeable.
      • 6 Years Ago
      BBC shooting themselves in the foot. I guess more reruns of Absolutely Fabulous and Mr. Bean will make up for the difference in ad revenue.....or not.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The shows ARE on itunes, except it'll cost ya.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wouldn't mind buying a few collections of top gear in blue ray to help the cause. Why is Top Gear not in the USA? I am sure millions of people like this program here in the States.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This might actually be a good thing.

      Maybe this'll get us fewer over the top stunts, and more of the 'classic' Top Gear like the Cheap Porsche Challenge and a focus on more...reasonable...cars. They are long overdue for another hot hatch shootout.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ya, that's a good point. I still don't quite understand the whole "top gear stunt man" idea. I mean, it's amusing, but seems out of place.
        • 6 Years Ago
        yes
        no more of that goofy stunt man they brought out
        i enjoy much of the old top gear more with simple challenges to jeremy james and hamster
      • 6 Years Ago
      Note to BBC America: why don't you play the show in its entirety in a 90 minute slot? I don't mind the commercial breaks, but to cut the show. Even the interviews with people I've never heard of are often funny.
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