After an article in the Daily Mail this morning (since removed) randomly suggesting a Top Gear movie involving the lads going around the world in 80 cars.
It looks like this was taken from a suggestion originally posted in an ‘ideas for Top Gear’ thread on Digital Spy a while ago – but the idea is interesting.
I’m not saying a Top Gear movie would be the best of ideas of all time but there is more that could be done with the format.
Especially as it might be useful/interesting for Top Gear to do a Doctor Who/Torchwood and cut things back for a year.
The DW team took a year off from a normal series of the show and instead had a number of bigger budget specials.
Top Gear could do a similar thing – take 2011 off (I’m sure a lot of planning/work/money is already invested in 15/16 for this year) and instead of two series which is about 14 episodes – have four specials.
One could go out around Easter, one in the summer, one around October and another at Christmas – I’m sure a Christmas Day Top Gear special would do well.
Then, with car news, information and ideas brimming from a year of having to come up with fewer ideas – the lads could start again properly with series 17 in 2012.
In fact I think they’d do well taking the same approach as other BBC shows and maybe having one 8 episode series a year (maybe running from May) and then a special around Christmas.
I love Top Gear and there has been some great stuff over the years but spreading the money and ideas over fewer episodes I think would help keep it going for longer.
And to finish off a few words on this weeks Top Gear ratings – a pretty impressive one for Top Gear and BBC Two – but not the highest of all time.
The opening episode of Top Gear 13 saw an audience of 7.1 million and a share of 30.4% reaching a peak audience of 7.8 million by 8:45.
It was hte most popular show on BBC Two by a long way – with James May on the Moon taking the second spot with 3.2 million and a 13.8% share.
In fact Top Gear also gets the award for most watched show of the day by some margin – with BBC News at 10 getting 5.2 million in second and Stephen Fry’s Kingdom on ITV 1 getting 4.6 million in third.
Every Saturday I have to come up with ‘something new’ to do with my son. He’s five, a little on the hyperactive side and gets bored easily.
My wife takes our daughter (8) and baby (15 months) into town to go shopping and visit the library – but Jaden needs a bit more attention than that.
Normally we’ll watch a little TV, go on the computer, read, play games, make puzzles, draw pictures, go for a walk and when the weather is nice we’ll spend a couple of hours in the park.
But thanks to James May I’ve now got something else to do with him today. Watch this…
I’m a BIG fan of James May’s top toys series – in fact one of my favourite televisual moment was when he brought a model train at an auction in front of ‘enthusiasts’ and threw the box away – priceless.
Top Gear series 13 returns to BBC Two on Sunday 21 June 2009.Find out more…
A post by Sonyxxx16 on the FinalGear forums – showing a photo of the latest Top Gearmagazine seems to confirm a June return for everyones favourite entertainment show featuring forms of transportation.
Or – Top Gear.
The first place to find out about new Top Gear always seems to be at the end of the presenters columns in the TG mag.
I’ll post a scan as soon as I can. No confirmation on topgear.com yet though – so could change and they DID get the date wrong last time.
Have you got the idea yet? I was going to write a long winded piece about how the lack of journalists, or at least the increase in workload for journalists has led to an increase in silly quick hit stories.
I’ve fallen foul of it myself – having written a number of stories for the sake of ‘filling the gap’ until I’ve been able to properly research and write up a full original feature.
But I decided that the subject had been covered to death so would pick a single ‘quick hit make word story’ and link to all the newspapers that have covered – the Telegraph seem to have really sunk their teeth into the juicy, pointless morsel.
Do I want to know who the Stig is? does it really matter who the Stig is? Do fans really care who the Stig is? No – not really.
But it has got lots of people talking about it, I’ve just linked about eight times to The Telegraph and other newspapers thus increasing their Google Juice and a number of forums, blogs and twitteres have been doing much the same since the story first broke weeks ago.
Also known as The big and shiny pre Top Gear series 12 post.
Can I just say, before I go ANY further ‘TOP GEAR IS NEARLY BACK’ WHOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO
OK I appreciate your patience in letting me get that out of my system. Now lets get on with the post and talk about Top Gear instead of screaming in anticipation.
Series 12 (Sunday 2 November 2008)
I do have a full and detailed post planned that will look at some of the things we know will be in the next series of Top Gear – will include lots of fan love and man crushing and will hopefully be very exciting and informative.
I’ll even post about the new website when it launches later this week AND the fact that you can now buy Top Gear series 10 on iTunes – but only in the US and in a cut down form with different music.