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

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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.

rubyslippers Wed 06-Feb-13 12:50:29

it's a self congratulatory, macho, and I would imagine staged and scripted

i guess it is to appear dangerous

Sparklingbrook Wed 06-Feb-13 12:56:09


WorriedMummy73 Wed 06-Feb-13 12:59:21

I don't think anyone actually takes it seriously as a 'driving show' anymore. I certainly don't, I find it hilarious! Anyone watching it for driving tips, or taking away the presenter's attitudes towards cars and driving is a bit worrying to me...

EdwardTaylor Wed 06-Feb-13 12:59:32

P.S. Oh, and we have one of the worst child pedestrian accident rates in Europe, apparently. Why doesn't the BBC ever make any programmes on the dangers pedestrians face?

fluffyraggies Wed 06-Feb-13 12:59:38


All three of them are dick heads.

fluffyraggies Wed 06-Feb-13 13:00:55

Especially that fat headed arrogant bastard Clarkson.

Bogeyface Wed 06-Feb-13 13:04:37

If it was a program called "Driving lessons for the hard of thinking" then you would have a point.

As it is an entertainment show that is loosely based around cars, featuring grown men buggering about, YABU.

Sparklingbrook Wed 06-Feb-13 13:09:15

It's entertainment, and it's funny. They aren't promoting anything. I don't think you can blame three blokes cocking about in cars on BBC2 for the child pedestrian accident rates TBH.

Bearbehind Wed 06-Feb-13 13:13:16

Some of it is downright dangerous. Did you see the one last week where Clarkson was driving that bubble car thing that was little more than a moped, on a main road with all the traffic queuing up behind him?

The bit I thought was disgraceful was when he went to fuel it and it wouldn't take the minimum amount of fuel you have to buy so he squirted the remainder into the bin by the pump! How fucking stupid is that?

chocoluvva Wed 06-Feb-13 13:17:50

YANBU. I completely agree - Top Gear is outrageous. Can't stand it. Very irresponsible.

stargirl1701 Wed 06-Feb-13 13:21:48

He didn't squirt petrol in the bin. It was edited to look like that. It's an entertainment show, not a documentary. It is highly scripted and edited.

WorriedMummy73 Wed 06-Feb-13 13:23:51

I personally like the show, but I'm acquaintances with someone who worked on it a few years ago and she said Clarkson is a massive, sexist arse...

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 06-Feb-13 13:24:09

I loathe Top Gear. It's tv for twelve year old boys and I doubt they have the nous to consider how reality what they are watching is.

Sparklingbrook Wed 06-Feb-13 13:24:11

noo stargirl who'd have thought? grin

hellsbellsmelons Wed 06-Feb-13 13:28:24

If you don't like it, don't watch it.
Blimey, it's an entertainment show and is scripted, set-up and edited very well.
BYW - Jeremy is my guilty crush! Such a funny bloke (IMO), his books are LOL hillarious!

Hobbitation Wed 06-Feb-13 13:29:08

They really shouldn't promote men being totally sad shitclown bellends. Plus even for people who enjoyed the show, they jumped the shark five series ago.

I actually used to watch and enjoy it in the 90s when they had Tiff Needell and actually used to test & review cars, not wank over expensive penis extensions.

hellsbellsmelons Wed 06-Feb-13 13:30:16

That should be BTW and not BYW!
I'm a woman in my mid 40's and I love it - not a 12 year old boy.
We all like different things - would be a dull world if we all liked the same stuff!

CalamityKate Wed 06-Feb-13 13:32:42

DH thinks all their banter is spontaneous. He won't have it that its scripted and rehearsed. Bless him.

Hobbitation Wed 06-Feb-13 13:35:46

Hammond is a twat as well.

James May is potentially more likeable, but lets himself down being a minion/patsy to the others.

It's awful, the male equivalent of Loose Women.

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 smile

Bearbehind Wed 06-Feb-13 13:49:53

Does that make it alright then, Stargirl, looking like he squirted petrol in the bin is acceptable?

Sparklingbrook Wed 06-Feb-13 14:04:13

I don't think people are likely to squirt petrol into the bin after seeing JC possibly doing it. Petrol way too expensive for that.

Llanbobl Wed 06-Feb-13 14:05:14

YABU- it's a light entertainment programme - if it's not to your taste go watch another channel.

The queues of traffic behind the P45 car and the petrol incident were staged - it was bloody obvious. Can't see how it's different to some of the dumb and far fetched story lines in soaps. Write to the BBC and complain, I'm sure Top Gear will broadcast a suitably contrite apology wink

I would think that stretches of road are closed for filming to mitigate the risk to the public (anyone work on the programme or at the BBC and know?).

Startail Wed 06-Feb-13 14:05:34

Oh fuck off you miserable lot.

Sparklingbrook Wed 06-Feb-13 14:06:51

Come round to mine Startail we have all the Challlenges on DVD, we could start with the Polar one. wink

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