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To wonder why Top Gear is so popular worldwide?

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AWholeLottaNosy Mon 26-Jan-15 19:59:38

So the new series was broadcast simultaneously in 50 countries, apparently it makes the BBC £80 million per year! Why? It's just 3 middle aged men basically dicking around with cars. I know it's quite funny and the hover van episode had me laughing out loud ,( even though I learnt some of it was staged), but, I really don't get it. And 300,000 people want to be in the audience to stand around looking gormless... Can anyone explain it to me??

VoyageOfDad Mon 26-Jan-15 20:08:51

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cardibach Mon 26-Jan-15 20:10:10

Because it made you laugh out loud? Probably does the same to others...

Smarterthantheaveragebeaver Mon 26-Jan-15 20:10:39

And its Sunday evening no-brainer TV. Minimum effort required to follow what's going on.

I prefer Tiff Needell Fifth Gear on channel 5.

SeaUnicorns Mon 26-Jan-15 20:11:56

Their basically making a programe for themselves, and every other Middle aged bloke.

Their humour also appeals to students.

Fast cars, pranks, idiots dicking around and taking the piss out of each other the cars are almost irrelevant.

AWholeLottaNosy Mon 26-Jan-15 20:15:02

Well the hovervan episode was the only one that made me laugh (caught it by accident). Don't know a thing about cars.

Hassled Mon 26-Jan-15 20:17:48

There's plenty of car porn, mixed in with some slapstick "humour". Easily transferrable in terms of a world audience.

DiseasesOfTheSheep Mon 26-Jan-15 20:20:32

Car porn and a bit of lighthearted stupidity appeals to a lot of people out there.

Me included...

Altinkum Mon 26-Jan-15 20:21:34

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ItalianWiking84 Mon 26-Jan-15 20:23:09

Because its fun entertainment and fits in a Danish sense of humour

tomandizzymum Mon 26-Jan-15 20:23:40

They use local presenters. We have the US version and it's not nearly as good, all very serious and not funny IMO. I assume they change the criteria to appeal to the local audience, I'm sure Clarksons jokes wouldn't fit well in certain countries. grin

lostincumbria Mon 26-Jan-15 20:29:44

"They use local presenters" - not for the simulcast they don't!

TSSDNCOP Mon 26-Jan-15 20:33:46

I watched one on I player last week where Clarkson and May were testing cars people chose to pull caravans. It was without doubt the funniest thing I've seen on TV for a very, very long time.

Is there anyone left that doesn't know what it's about, what Clarkson is like? If people don't like it there's plenty of other shite on the BBC to watch.

samsam123 Mon 26-Jan-15 20:35:34

Because it is the best thing on tv

YellowTulips Mon 26-Jan-15 20:37:37

Because if you have a somewhat puerile sense of humour and a vague interest in cars it's fucking hilarious.

SlicedAndDiced Mon 26-Jan-15 20:39:39

Because I fancy James may.

.....Did I just say that out loud?!

TSSDNCOP Mon 26-Jan-15 20:42:31

Yep. And AIBU never dies Sliced.

SlicedAndDiced Mon 26-Jan-15 20:48:46


Oh the shame.....

DeckTheHallsWithBartimaeus Mon 26-Jan-15 20:51:49

Because there s no decent equivalent on their local TV.

WhereIsMyFurryHat Mon 26-Jan-15 20:54:11

I fucking hate it, it is just awful. I could go on but I can't be bothered to waste my time.

Guitargirl Mon 26-Jan-15 20:56:46

I haven't a clue. It's rubbish scripting. I watched an episode last weekend when I was poorly and couldn't be bothered to get up and reach for the remote. God it was awful, so laboured, all the apparent 'off the cuff' so-called humour which had obviously been rehearsed to within an inch of its life.

queentroutoftrouts Mon 26-Jan-15 20:57:04

I love it. Tis probably the only programme on TV that can genuinely make me laugh as in full on belly laugh. What's not to like, it's great.

invisiblecrown Mon 26-Jan-15 20:57:49

It is lightweight and funny. People worldwide are looking for light relief.

TheChandler Mon 26-Jan-15 21:06:49

Its not very pc and we need something more light hearted in the midst of all the gloomy bleeding heart liberals with no sense of humour.

Because it has a massive budget and they do the sort of things most of us dream about doing in our wildest dreams but can't afford to. Their trip to Argentina was brilliant - even if you aren't into cars, how often do you get to see scenery in such far flung places that's not all designed to attract tourists?

DoctorTwo Mon 26-Jan-15 21:07:20

DS doesn't get it. Both DDs do and they love it even more than I do. They've done some fab things I'd love to do, like ride a motorcycle from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.

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