• Oct 13, 2009
Top Gear fans greet each new season with more eager glee. Top Gear critics have taken to welcoming each new run with more criticism. According to the Belfast Telegraph, the latest "How dare they!" comes from a Minister of Parliament (MP) and Friends of the Earth, who want to run TG up the flagpole for "extravagant costs" and 'wanton destruction" -- those two things coincidentally being two of the things that fans love most.

The show went to Belfast, Ireland to film a few segments that included lofting a car to the top of a gigantic crane, launching a Renault Twingo into the sea, as well as a bit of garden variety drag racing. The MP, Gregory Campbell, is aghast at the apparent cost of such stunts, and even more aghast at the fact that the BBC won't reveal exactly how much the stunts cost. The supposed tally is £200,000 ($315,150 U.S.) for Belfast segments that might make up 10 minutes of the show.

Joining Campbell in outrage is Declan Allison from Friends of the Earth, who said: "The wanton destruction of tens of thousands of pounds worth of machinery impresses no-one. It's a wasteful extravagance and, in the middle of a global recession, in very poor taste."

So there. The complaints will probably have as much effect on the show as previous complaints, which is to say, pffffft. We're far more interested in finding out what Clarkson meant when he said that show heads want "black Muslim lesbian" presenters.

[Source: Belfast Telegraph]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The wanton destruction of tens of thousands of pounds worth of machinery impresses no-one. It's a wasteful extravagance and, in the middle of a global recession, in very poor taste."

      I hope they destroy more stuff just to spite her.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They need to get Top Gear off state run television and onto a private run station so that the government then has no right to an opinion!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess, but I can't help but think that if this happened on a taxpayer-supported US television station like PBS, people would be apoplectic. I don't blame British non-car enthusiasts for being a little upset.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you mean him.. Declan is a man's name
        • 5 Years Ago
        A man in name only if he is complaining about Top Gear and stuff being blown up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well TG is an amazing thing... but one day it will stop, and possibly revert to the classic format and field green cars so that the tree huggers are happy.

        but as long as Clarkson is churning a DVD a year out to appease my sense of both sideways screeching and destruction then i am happy, happier if he can manage 2 DVD's a year and happier still if he have the other two guys with im and record lets say 3 -4 or even 5 DVD's a year...

        Long Live TOP GEAR!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Me like big explosions! Ugg!

      Seriously, does it get good ratings? Isn't it their last season? Then let them go out with a bang.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Joining Campbell in outrage is Declan Allison from Friends of the Earth, who said: "The wanton destruction of tens of thousands of pounds worth of machinery impresses no-one. It's a wasteful extravagance and, in the middle of a global recession, in very poor taste."

      Don't kid yourself...it is exactly things like this that make TopGear the VERY BEST television show about cars

      TopGear FTW!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "The wanton destruction of tens of thousands of pounds worth of machinery impresses no-one . . . "

      I'm impressed.

      • 5 Years Ago
      They should be doing these stunts in the US - the Euro-favored exchange rate is worth the logistics and I know they'll have no resistance in certain parts of the US....

      ...especially Detroit! Imagine them each having to build a car on an abandoned US assembly line! Hilarious....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Surely the money saved by having people stay at home and watch Top Gear rather than go out partying or whatever it was that people did before there was Top Gear, actually saves money.

      I expect the amount TG costs to make is in proportion to the number of people who watch it. If i ask someone what they watch on telly, they usually say "oh i don't really watch TV anymore". Then you say, "did you see Top Gear last night", and they reply "of course, i always watch Top Gear".
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love TG, but its gotten less and less informative over the years. Don't get me wrong, I love the stunts, and explosions, but I do wish for a few minutes per show they would put the drugs down and be serious for a moment.

      As to how much money it costs, who cares? if the government wants to curb the spending stop writing them checks. Write them a check for the amount you DO want to budget for and let them work off that. Top Gear doesnt have a gun or knife held to anyones head forcing them to write a check.

      Seems the simple art of telling someone "no" has been lost over there in England as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think that is actually part of the appeal of the show.

        Top Gear has grown to become something more than a show about cars, it's a the adventures of Jezza, Hamster, and Captain Slow. The show still revolves around automotive things but it's more about the dynamic between the cast and the entertainment that comes from the challenges,

        The Fiesta review was possibly the best example of what the show currently is. It told us about the fiesta, it showed us it was a good car, but it was ridiculously over the top and wasn't a practical real life review.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed.

        Sometimes you can watch for 20 minutes without hearing any automotive references whatsoever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Leave them alone! It's one of the very few, original, hilarious shows out there!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awww, let's pick on the poor blokes in television!! Forget about the billions of dollars spent in the Film industry to do the exact same thing....perhaps with a bit more plot behind it, but nonetheless!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bloke: I pay sweet FA, given that I live in the US.

        My joke about subsidies was me taking the piss out of you for saying "taxpayers" when you meant "licence holders".
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or new, even.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Filmmakers don't derive their income from taxpayers. That pretty much disintegrates your point.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks for spoiling my joke, Autoblog commenting system. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=government+subsidies+to+filmmakers
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Bloke: I pay sweet FA, given that I live in the US.

        My joke about subsidies was me taking the piss out of you for saying "taxpayers" when you meant "licence holders"." - Rich


        And clearly, given that you live in the US and pay sweet FA, you aso have sweet FA knowledge of how the UK system works. You see, the licence fee works just like a tax and, like taxes, is governed by an Act of Parliament. And like taxes, it's also a criminal offence if you don't pay it. Therefore, the BBC is often referred to as being funded by taxpayers. Learn something knew every day, don't you?
      • 5 Years Ago
      And all of the tards conveniently forget how much money this show not only brings in, but to Great Britain as well.
      Typical politically correct, jerkoff politicians.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bite me Richie. And I mean that in a good Christian way.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And *you* underestimate how blokes like that mouthing off only serve to endear people to Clarkson and the gang.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does Top Gear generate any revenue? I know it's BBC, so I don't know how it would except for merchandising or BBC America. As much as I love the show, from a financial standpoint, I can understand the criticism. If it were paying for itself, that's one thing, but if taxpayers have to foot the bill... But I still say, so what?

      However, my favorite statement was, "The wanton destruction of tens of thousands of pounds worth of machinery impresses no-one."

      Who are they kidding? That impresses almost EVERYONE. Me included. And as long as they do that, I'll be watching.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Top Gear brings in tonnes of revenue.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well there are probably fees from the Russian and Australian versions, then the merchendise, ad revenue from when it's played on BBC America (and other countries I would imagine), and now selling teh show on DVD and iTunes. Plus it is an extremely popular show, so logically it would be given a portion of the license fee in proportion with its viewership.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would understand the argument if producing Top Gear made a loss on the BBC. But with the DVD's, the magazine, books, live shows, clothing and simulcasting in other countries Top Gear makes BBC Worldwide (Auntie's commercial arm) a hell of a lot of money.

      So what if it cost £200k for 10 minutes if they make that back ten fold?
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