I think the main diff between UK and AU presenters is that the UK ones are charming in their own way and yet quirky, esp Clarkson and May. There not of the classic American suck-up style of presenters with all perfect smiles and self depreciating humour but thats what makes them a real person, because they come with faults like Jezzas grumpy old man ego.
The 3 UK guys also have that elusive quality of AN ENGAGING PERSONALITY that appears to be a part of them and not something that gets turned on with the cameras.
The Au guys are missing that outgoing engaging personality.
Cox seems to be making a restrained attempt at rounding out his media portfolio whilst ever aware that his mates are watching, instead of bringing excitement to the screen.
And the other two are low voltage wet sacks that shouldnt have been chosen either.
IMHO,Warren has emerged as the best, but the standards pretty low. And Steve has a slightly creepy conspiritorial delivery that closes the screen down.
Youre all meant to be charismatic guys able to turn your hand to anything and make it riveting television.
For TGAU to pull out of this nosedive it will need life,
it will need people ready to laugh at themselves outside of groan-worthy staged stunts and smart snappy presenters ready to put much more of themselves into the show. (as though it was their own money being spent). Presenters ready to dive in and build the show.
The current AU guys dont make me believe they want to be there or do the reviews, the jokes or the stunts.
The UK guys are believeably enjoying the trip. They all have personality, charisma and commitment to the show and that is the success of the show that the AU show cant find.
very true, i just finished watching episode 5 and honestly... i dont think i want to watch any more of this. the presenters are just way too boring. it feels like they're doing what someone is telling them to do vs. doing something they want to do.
on the up side TGUK is back this weekend and i can't fucking wait.
I think the main difference between the two sets of presenters is that the UK set had little to live up to while the Australian set have lots to live up to.
The problem with the Australian TG is that it started when TG is hugely popular. They've got to live up to a great show that's been around for a helluva long time and has a dedicated fanbase.
Why are people still under the impression that the presenters can ad-lib when in the studio?! Speaking your mind is a bit impossible when reciting a script enforced by the Top Gear franchise. I saw this first hand at the filming.... TGA will never have the creative freedoms TGUK has...Having such tight control over content just shows how much you DON'T trust with the brand.
Stuvik, I wonder why they did choose these 3 guys if they were just going to make them read scripts all day long,
why didnt they just choose 'pretty boys' like on Home and Away. ?
Lim-Dul, I agree that TG is all about the chemistry of the 3 guys...makes me wonder why they didnt select 3 chatty mates from a motor show or pub...
Of course the best place to find a replacement for any number of the current guys would be from the TGAU studio audience..! !
Going out on a limb here...Perhaps because 'pretty boys' wouldn't appeal to most Top Gear fans? Imagine how much softer it would be with 3 'pretty boys' who couldn't say anything bad about the cars they road test. They just wouldn't be taken seriously.
But at least they'd be easier on the eye for all of us, esp the ladies...
I'm wondering that too. I'm guessing they chose 3 guys based on the broad spectrum of motoring knowledge they collectively contain....
So how much does a cartoonist know ??
And how much does Hammond, ( more than I ) know..as a previous 'talking head' on radio ?
I dont think their 'spectrum' of 'collective' 'motoring knowledge' makes a gnats dick of diff at all...
The Uk guys have shown many times that they cant
build a car,
they cant drive a car,
they cant park,
3 point-turn a car...
Its clear, pretty much, that theyre kinda crap at all things automotive.
Yet the fantasy ...
continues that the AU show needs presenters who are automotive knowledge kings...
why ..??? DUNNO, because theyre sure as shit NOT entertaining anyone according to the ratings.
Or is this another example where the TV heads know better and the paying customers are the idiots..
Get GOOD presenters FIRST, and learn, leach or beat them up on the finer points of automotive excellence as it goes along.
No-one questions Bert Newton about his TV expertise and he gets to host idiotic diahhorea each week, ad infinitum.
Just get 3 guys who can walk and talk at the same time.
They'll get to know each other better as the series progresses.
They, the producers,
thought of that BEFORE they even started filming EP 1.
Geez I hope this next episode goes well, so far its a lesson in how to ignore a successful format and waste money.
Please pick a group of happy guys from the studio audience and let them have a go.
It cant be any worse than the work experiece twats theyve got now...
But Once again...its just another sad example of how Australia runs a second rate business,
Add it to the gutless foreign relations,
dopey social handouts,
bloated government departments,
wasteful expenditure on Potitically Correct losers and
massive taxation on any poor mongrel who chooses to actually work for a living.
thank Christ Australia is geographically isolated from the real world, or we'd have been overrun by 2 Teutonic lesbians armed with a butter knife.
Forget whether the segments seem rushed. Forget whether you don't like Charlie's hand-waving or his voice. Forget whether you think the show seems over-scripted and the WWTT board seems silly. They've got the relationship between the hosts right, and that is all that matters. As long as the hosts have caught the spirit of TopGear, everything else will sort itself out in time.
Obviously the vast majority of viewers feel the chemistry isn't right, otherwise they wouldn't be turning the show off in droves... and waiting for it to "sort itself out in time" is like watching The Titanic go down.
The current combination just don't have the magic spark that viewers had hoped for. Maybe changing at least one of the hosts before series two will remedy that. We can only wait and see.
I think most of the people who have stopped watching simply had the unrealistic expectation that it would be as good as the UK version. (SNIP)
With pre-production for series 2 already underway, they clearly wont be changing hosts.