- Oct 21, 2008
- Western Beaches.
- B200 and the Honda.
Since stig_MATA seems to be wondering, Charlie (a former British Touring Car driver), Steve (an advanced driving instructor and Porsche racing driver) and Warren (a cartoonist, classic vehicle collector and part-time motoring journalist) all got the call-back because their audition tapes demonstrated that they understood the spirit of TopGear. Charlie's tape showed a clip of him from some other show he had done comparing different cars to different wines, much like Jeremy once did with coffee. Steve's tape showed him on the city-streets trying to race a Lamborghini he had encountered on a unicycle to prove that you can't go fast in the city no matter what you drive. Warren's tape showed him racing one of his old 1920's Dennis fire-engines around a race track against a vintage double-decker bus. He lost.
Those tapes got them an interview. There demonstrated car knowladge and personalities got them from the interview stage into the final 12. The final 12 were then all put together and sent go-karting to see how they would interact. Charlie, Steve and Warren fell right into place, making fun of each other and getting on like a house on fire. Steve and Charlie both broke the go-kart circuit's lap-record on their first lap. That is why they were given the gig. They got the point of TopGear.
Stiggie, thats all highly interesting information, but it hasnt translated into ratings, now has it ?
It just shows the producers chose 3 people who got on well, good credentials, great potential, but in the end, were totally unsuitable for the job. Good choice.
It is three blokes cocking about and taking the piss out of each other.
But theyre deadly boring, they get on like people trapped in a plane wreck and they wouldnt get a gig on Playschool.
When TopGear executive producer(guru) Andy Wilman came out to check on the progress of the Aussie show, he said they had exactly the right attitude. That they understood what the show was about. Since the show has gone to air, Jeremy Clarkson has given it the thumbs up for the same reason.
Well they're not going to say it sux arse now are they ??
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.
Thanks for your tips on what we should think but dont tell us what to do,
if it stinks then they need to change it or the public will keep voting them off and soon enough they can piss off permanently.
And thats our choice, to like it or dislike it.
We dont need to forget that its
that the characters are unlikeable,
that its over-scripted,
they need to change, not us.
Or maybe you're right,....... the problem with the show is that the audience arent thinking the right way..D
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.
Yeah, like theyre going to let this TG funeral drag on for years with plummeting ratings.
They might make a series 2, but it'll never go to air if their plan is that "everything will sort itself out in time."
I hope it works out with EP 6 on tonight, but they honestly couldve chosen 3 blokes from any pub and they wouldve had more chemistry.