The Grand Tour

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DonkeyApple

40,660 posts

133 months

Wednesday 11th May 2016
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NJK44 said:
Isaac Hunt said:
As far as I am concerned "The Grand Bore" would be more appropriate.

I won't be watching it as I am not a fan of Clarkson and I don't have Amazon Prime.
So why are you here? Bye bye.


I'm not bothered about the name as long as the content is good!
Let's face reality, it doesn't even need to be good. It can be quite ste and it will still be preferable viewing to most of the monumental tat and repeats that are broadcast.

TV is generally so abysmal that people even watch 5th Gear and that iritating squealing, bush pig, miniature Schwarzenegger lookalike that some of the PH 'specialist sex people' like to spaff over.

Same goes for the new TopGear. It would be nice if it transpires to be excellent TV but frankly it just needs to be tolerable and it'll be up the top of a very short list of watchable shows. I generally find Evans a bit worn off but such is the dismal state of television that I am looking forward to the show.

exitwound

1,082 posts

144 months

Thursday 12th May 2016
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patmahe said:
p1stonhead said:
KTF said:
p1stonhead said:
The BBC version looks ste.
I bet you will still watch it wink
Will see how good it is. I don't watch any other motoring tv show. Fifth Gear is painful
I like aspects of fifth gear but it clearly lacks the budget of Top Gear etc....

What ever happened to that car show with Quentin Wilson and Jodie Kidd, the studio stuff was painful but the features I thought were quite good.
TG's last format was always only about the presenters, not the vehicles, so you have to be a fan of those three to get any enjoyment, which to me, is a bit perverse.

I did watch it a few times though, but as a CAR show I just didn't get it.. However, I did enjoy, and win a few bets with the consultants (..Audi/BMW/MB/Porsche etc, loads of cash, but no imagination) in here on the Corvette tanning the R8 a few years ago! I'm STILL dining out on that one!!

Personally, I like the slick knowledge of Quentin Wilson and the pleasant enthusiasm of Jodie Kidd. I hope we see more of them. Good team and unsually these days, its all about the cars!!

k-ink

9,070 posts

143 months

Thursday 12th May 2016
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I can't believe they didn't call it something daft like Gear Knobs or similar.

Anyway, they should drop the "The" for a cleaner look. Then we could all refer to it as simply "GT". Unfortunately "TGT" is stupid and has nothing to do with car badges. It sounds like a train.

ambuletz

9,288 posts

145 months

Thursday 12th May 2016
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k-ink said:
I can't believe they didn't call it something daft like Gear Knobs or similar.
not allowed anything with 'top' or 'gear' in the title.

walm

10,587 posts

166 months

Thursday 12th May 2016
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DonkeyApple said:
Let's face reality, it doesn't even need to be good. It can be quite ste and it will still be preferable viewing to most of the monumental tat and repeats that are broadcast.

TV is generally so abysmal that people even watch 5th Gear and that iritating squealing, bush pig, miniature Schwarzenegger lookalike that some of the PH 'specialist sex people' like to spaff over.
I strongly disagree.
TV has entered some sort of incredibly rich period of very high quality.

1. The level of investment is empirically higher than say, the 80s and 90s, and that strongly evident in the production quality. Top Gear itself is a good example but I am really thinking about shows such as House of Cards, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, even bloody Downton!
2. The star quality is off the charts. Oscar winners are in TV all the time now: Spacey, Close, Paquin, Hoffman, Irons, Smith etc...
3. It's not the same old telly. Sky and Netflix let the swearing, violence and nudity run free!

And finally - we are now in the phenomenal position with on demand, PVRs, SVOD etc... that we can watch what we want when we want and mostly ad-free.
This is the golden age of TV.

p1stonhead

25,008 posts

131 months

Thursday 12th May 2016
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walm said:
DonkeyApple said:
Let's face reality, it doesn't even need to be good. It can be quite ste and it will still be preferable viewing to most of the monumental tat and repeats that are broadcast.

TV is generally so abysmal that people even watch 5th Gear and that iritating squealing, bush pig, miniature Schwarzenegger lookalike that some of the PH 'specialist sex people' like to spaff over.
I strongly disagree.
TV has entered some sort of incredibly rich period of very high quality.

1. The level of investment is empirically higher than say, the 80s and 90s, and that strongly evident in the production quality. Top Gear itself is a good example but I am really thinking about shows such as House of Cards, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, even bloody Downton!
2. The star quality is off the charts. Oscar winners are in TV all the time now: Spacey, Close, Paquin, Hoffman, Irons, Smith etc...
3. It's not the same old telly. Sky and Netflix let the swearing, violence and nudity run free!

And finally - we are now in the phenomenal position with on demand, PVRs, SVOD etc... that we can watch what we want when we want and mostly ad-free.
This is the golden age of TV.
100% agree.

The internet has changed everything. Some of the Netflix Originals are brilliant. No adverts or watching stty channels.

I cancelled my tv packages about 2 years ago.

DonkeyApple

40,660 posts

133 months

Thursday 12th May 2016
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walm said:
DonkeyApple said:
Let's face reality, it doesn't even need to be good. It can be quite ste and it will still be preferable viewing to most of the monumental tat and repeats that are broadcast.

TV is generally so abysmal that people even watch 5th Gear and that iritating squealing, bush pig, miniature Schwarzenegger lookalike that some of the PH 'specialist sex people' like to spaff over.
I strongly disagree.
TV has entered some sort of incredibly rich period of very high quality.

1. The level of investment is empirically higher than say, the 80s and 90s, and that strongly evident in the production quality. Top Gear itself is a good example but I am really thinking about shows such as House of Cards, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, even bloody Downton!
2. The star quality is off the charts. Oscar winners are in TV all the time now: Spacey, Close, Paquin, Hoffman, Irons, Smith etc...
3. It's not the same old telly. Sky and Netflix let the swearing, violence and nudity run free!

And finally - we are now in the phenomenal position with on demand, PVRs, SVOD etc... that we can watch what we want when we want and mostly ad-free.
This is the golden age of TV.
But that is only if you pay for it in reality.

If you look at the freeviee channels then you can go for evenings at a time without anything truly watchable being on. Most channels seem to just be repeating programs. You can also see by all the gambling advertising and other dominant product marketing that conventional television is being targeted these days at a very different audience.

I agree that it is a golden age of programming but not TV.

My main issue is that I don't have any desire to pay subscriptions for content and not do I have any desire to spend my evenings pretending I'm a high powered program executive building my own bespoke channel. I've always liked just turning on the TV, seeing what is on and if there is nothing there and then to watch, turning it off again. I just happen to have noticed that I'm spending more evenings in a row with the TV turned off as the content quality has plummeted to being just a handful of new and quality shows to watch.



walm

10,587 posts

166 months

Thursday 12th May 2016
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DonkeyApple said:
But that is only if you pay for it in reality.

If you look at the freeviee channels then you can go for evenings at a time without anything truly watchable being on. Most channels seem to just be repeating programs. You can also see by all the gambling advertising and other dominant product marketing that conventional television is being targeted these days at a very different audience.

I agree that it is a golden age of programming but not TV.

My main issue is that I don't have any desire to pay subscriptions for content and not do I have any desire to spend my evenings pretending I'm a high powered program executive building my own bespoke channel. I've always liked just turning on the TV, seeing what is on and if there is nothing there and then to watch, turning it off again. I just happen to have noticed that I'm spending more evenings in a row with the TV turned off as the content quality has plummeted to being just a handful of new and quality shows to watch.
Ah. Forgive me.
I would not have guessed in a month of Sundays that you didn't have some sort of subscription telly.
Sorry!
(Freeview is mostly ste - yes.)

ClockworkCupcake

65,694 posts

236 months

Thursday 12th May 2016
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Isaac Hunt said:
As far as I am concerned "The Grand Bore" would be more appropriate.

I won't be watching it as I am not a fan of Clarkson and I don't have Amazon Prime.
Thanks for letting us all know.

Following your lead, I might pop over to The Coronation Street thread and tell everyone that I don't watch soap operas. smile

otolith

43,997 posts

168 months

Thursday 12th May 2016
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DonkeyApple said:
I just happen to have noticed that I'm spending more evenings in a row with the TV turned off as the content quality has plummeted to being just a handful of new and quality shows to watch.
Thirteen channels of st...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZkERB6dU_Y

mcflurry

8,787 posts

217 months

Thursday 12th May 2016
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IMHO they should call both of them, "Schrödingers Gear" as until it airs we don't know if it's dead or alive wink

DonkeyApple

40,660 posts

133 months

Thursday 12th May 2016
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walm said:
Ah. Forgive me.
I would not have guessed in a month of Sundays that you didn't have some sort of subscription telly.
Sorry!
(Freeview is mostly ste - yes.)
A natural aversion to monthly fees. I only have electricity and gas because the wife insists. biggrin


Derek Smith

39,066 posts

212 months

Thursday 12th May 2016
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Amazon Prime means a very limited audience. TG was free to air and that is a massive difference.


walm

10,587 posts

166 months

Thursday 12th May 2016
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Derek Smith said:
Amazon Prime means a very limited audience. TG was free to air and that is a massive difference.
It's a global product. I suspect a few of the 54m Prime customers in the US will watch!

MarshPhantom

9,658 posts

101 months

Thursday 12th May 2016
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I think they're in it for the money, not the viewing figures. Can't say I blame them, and who'd want watch Top Gear with ads.










djdest

6,542 posts

142 months

Thursday 12th May 2016
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I'll make a drink while the ads are on, no different from doing it when SIARPC bit was on!

ClockworkCupcake

65,694 posts

236 months

Thursday 12th May 2016
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Derek Smith said:
Amazon Prime means a very limited audience. TG was free to air and that is a massive difference.
I think you underestimate how many people are on Amazon Prime worldwide.

Amazon Prime isn't just a video streaming service like Netflix, it is a whole ecostructure which, if you buy into the whole Amazon thing, is amazing value for money even at £79pa. Included in that price you get next day delivery on a huge number of purchases, free returns on said purchases, early access to special offers and time-limited "Lightning Deal" discounts on selected items for sale, photo storage, music, and loads of films and TV series, some of them inclusive.

For people who this benefits (and there are loads) then Prime makes a lot of sense. I've been on it for years and the savings on postage alone pay for it (although I have been grandfathered on the old £49pa price - I think I will be paying the full price for the first time this year as that expires now).

Anyway, I digress. Point is that it is a less limited audience than you think.

walm said:
It's a global product. I suspect a few of the 54m Prime customers in the US will watch!
Exactly so. yes


Derek Smith

39,066 posts

212 months

Thursday 12th May 2016
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walm said:
Derek Smith said:
Amazon Prime means a very limited audience. TG was free to air and that is a massive difference.
It's a global product. I suspect a few of the 54m Prime customers in the US will watch!
And the BBC isn't?

I can't see any way this new programme will hit the heights of TG.

One problem with such things as Prime is that it is competing in a market where there are lots of competitors.

I'm not suggesting it won't get an audience, just not the one they had.


The Hypno-Toad

10,579 posts

169 months

Thursday 12th May 2016
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The Grand Tour?

TGT

Top Gear Two?

scratchchin

MiggyA

193 posts

64 months

Thursday 12th May 2016
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DonkeyApple said:
But that is only if you pay for it in reality.

If you look at the freeviee channels then you can go for evenings at a time without anything truly watchable being on. Most channels seem to just be repeating programs. You can also see by all the gambling advertising and other dominant product marketing that conventional television is being targeted these days at a very different audience.

I agree that it is a golden age of programming but not TV.

My main issue is that I don't have any desire to pay subscriptions for content and not do I have any desire to spend my evenings pretending I'm a high powered program executive building my own bespoke channel. I've always liked just turning on the TV, seeing what is on and if there is nothing there and then to watch, turning it off again. I just happen to have noticed that I'm spending more evenings in a row with the TV turned off as the content quality has plummeted to being just a handful of new and quality shows to watch.
Netflix + Prime = about the same as the cost of a license fee, plus free delivery for a year. Far superior programming, whenever you want to watch it, what's not to like? Liking being made a vegetable of by condescending and outdated tv channels is not something to be proud of, and making actual decisions over what to watch does not make you a wannabe 'program executive', either.