to think BBC (Top Gear) should not promote bad driving

(125 Posts)
EdwardTaylor Wed 06-Feb-13 12:46:32

Latest programme (broadcast Sun.3rd Feb. Repeat Sat.9th Feb) includes the following:
(Last feature) car race on public roads.
Richard Hammond spinning the wheels of his car on the hotel forecourt.
James May reading a map as he drives along.
Jeremy Clarkson putting his car into a slide at one junction.

All this on public roads. It looks dangerous. Any driver should be prosecuted for dangerous driving for doing any of the above. Isn't it wrong for the BBC to promote it as "harmless fun"? Aren't they promoting bad attitudes to driving and safety.

mrsjay Fri 08-Feb-13 09:18:42

top gear isn't really a serious car and driving show it is 3 blokes being blokey with cars Im sure nobody copies what they see on Top gear my dh and dd1 love Top gear and laugh at it it is an entertainment programme imo

MrsReiver Fri 08-Feb-13 09:05:41

It's presented as a documentary prog

Are we watching the same thing? By no stretch of the imagination is it presented as a documentary.

My 8 year old DS knows, without being told, that the stunts are faked - example, watching James May "crash" a caravan air ship, he turns to me and says "I wonder how they got them (air traffic control) to agree to do that Mum?" How sophisticated does that make him?

AngelAtTheTopOfTheTree Fri 08-Feb-13 04:26:32

I actually did once pull into the school car park (which was empty) and do a handbrake turn. The caretaker congratulated me blush lol lol lol!!!!!!

I love Top Gear. Not sure I would do any of them though, but they would be fun to keep as pets.

It's a light entertainment show based around cars and for me it is highly entertaining. TV has some shocking things on, especially in soaps, that concern me. The antics in Top Gear are not in that category.

ComposHat Fri 08-Feb-13 02:46:38

If it were up to me I'd make the next show the last episode, put Hammond & Clarkson in a caravan, set light to it and fire it from a trebuchet into the North Sea

Agreed and congratulations on the use of trebuchet, (one of my favourite words!)

edam Thu 07-Feb-13 21:30:49

Edward, I really think you need to look up the definition of 'documentary' because Top Gear clearly is not and never has pretended to be one. Perhaps you mean 'factual'?

It's entertainment, it's silly, incredibly amusing and daft. I loved the episode where they got the then roads minister on and he had the max. no. of points on his licence (is it 9) before you get a ban, while Clarkson had none?

JenaiMorris Thu 07-Feb-13 21:22:21

Oohh I do love Stewart Lee grin

And Ferraris.

Once again I'm confused!

ComposHat Thu 07-Feb-13 21:12:24

Well if we keep our fingers crossed one of those wankstains will over estimate their driving ability andin the course of one of their reckless manouevers impail themselves on a lampost and their Ferrari SmallDick GTi or whatever it is they are driving bursts into flames.

It's just a joke, like the ones they do on Top Gear. (c)

(c) Stewart lee

Hulababy Thu 07-Feb-13 20:47:12

I don't think Top Gear has ever been described as a documentary. It's always just been light entertainment, in the past it has a few mor eserious bits, but mostly it's just fun.

Hulababy Thu 07-Feb-13 20:45:38

Meh! We watch it here as a family. It's entertainment not a serious road safety documentary.

JenaiMorris Thu 07-Feb-13 20:28:38

Top Gear was more of a consumer show about 15 years ago, much like 5th Gear is now, although it was often pretty silly back then, too.

It has never been a documentary.

Oh and I fail to see the similarity between ostentatious wheel spinning and domestic abuse confused

countrykitten Thu 07-Feb-13 19:49:37

And it is quite patently NOT marketed as a documentary.

countrykitten Thu 07-Feb-13 19:48:39

FFS - TG now being compared to wife beating!! ET you are a muppet of the first order...and as for MN posters being sophisticated viewers, er you've proved that to be nonsense with your ridiculous post!

EdwardTaylor Thu 07-Feb-13 19:15:59

Firstly, "entertainment" programmes can still be factual.
Top Gear was always a "documentary programme. The car reviews have loads of detail on fittings, etc. There is a "news" section. Presumably there are "facts" in there.
Not every viewer is a sophisticated as all MN posters.
Even if it is faked - that's not really the point. It's presented as a documentary prog. and the presenters are SEEN to do bad things. (Would it be okay to show Ckarkson beating his wife - even if it was faked and staged "humorously" ? )

Are we meant to believe they close the roads every time someone squeals their tyres pulling away at a roundabout? - So all the cars we can see in the background are hired and driven by "extras" employed for the purpose? I don't think so. That would be a ridiculous expense and inconvenience for locals for very little "entertainment" value !

LtEveDallas Wed 06-Feb-13 22:04:39

Irritatingly, since DH started buying the Sunday Express I've had to take off my Richard Hammond is shaggable badge as his wife writes a column that is actually really very good. I like her dammit, so now I can't shag her husband angry

I loved the Vietnam challenge and the one where they drove the worlds most dangerous road? I had to watch that from behind a cushion.

OOh Jenai get you and your 'special area'. grin

11Plustrauma Wed 06-Feb-13 21:47:59

grin Come over here into my web Richard mwah mwah mwah

VivaLeBeaver Wed 06-Feb-13 21:43:26

Someone should tweet them a link to this thread! grin

VivaLeBeaver Wed 06-Feb-13 21:42:24

Shag clarkson.
Marry may
Push hamster off a cliff

11Plustrauma Wed 06-Feb-13 21:18:32

<smiles winningly at countrykitten>

grin

DizzyZebra Wed 06-Feb-13 21:18:19

TBH Anyone who copies that sort of driving 'because they saw it on the telly' clearly has the mental age of a toddler and shouldn't be driving in the first place?

There are lots of irresponsible TV programmes.

countrykitten Wed 06-Feb-13 21:15:48

Love love love TG! The muppets who hate it can fuck off and watch Eastenders or some other mindless shit (btw, that's not real either ....). JC is a funny, clever bloke and his books are hilarious as is his column in the Times.

Btw Hamster lovers...he lives very near to me....wink

JenaiMorris Wed 06-Feb-13 20:21:10

Sparkling, ds and I took my car down to Beaulieu once to an event, where we got to park in a special area because my car is special proud

11Plustrauma Wed 06-Feb-13 20:20:47

Shag James May just once for his LARGE toolbox, Marry The Hamster and tie him to the bed, and push Clarkson off a VERY HIGH cliff.

BumpingFuglies Wed 06-Feb-13 20:13:27

Marry JM? shock He hangs out with Oz Clarke and all sorts of stuff and he likes...

<whispers>

trains!

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