Joke about truck drivers and prostitutes doesn't go down well as new series of Top Gear starts.
Days after Russell Brand and Radio 2 boss, Lesley Douglas, resigned over complaints on a BBC radio show, the BBC are facing another barrage of criticism for overstepping the mark when it comes to comedy. So far, the broadcaster has received 517 complaints about remarks made by Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson regarding lorry drivers murdering prostitutes.
The comment was made during the first episode of the twelfth series, broadcast on BBC2 last night, in which Clarkson and his fellow presenters learnt to drive heavy goods vehicles.
"This is a hard job and I’m not just saying that to win favour with lorry drivers, it’s a hard job," he said. "Change gear, change gear, change gear, check mirror, murder a prostitute, change gear, change gear, murder. That's a lot ...Read more
When it was cancelled in 2001, Top Gear was a dreary product reviews show watched solely by dull dads. But a year later, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond (James May didn't join until 2003) rebooted the show as a vehicle for their hell-raising. Usually, that means exterminating Volvos, or violating innocent motor homes in front of a five-million-strong audience.
Series 15 begins this weekend (8pm, Sunday 27) and the buzz is that Clarkson, May and the tiny Hammond man might be about to unleash an all new, offensively toned down Top Gear. "[Expect] a slight retreat from the Last of the Summer Wine tomfoolery," James May told the Radio Times. If he's not kidding, (alas, we weren't able to get an advance copy to check for ourselves) then prepare for a drawn out on-screen suicide.
Here's an idea: Why not simply scrap the show in style ...Read more
Under its new management, NBC has been reviving and repurposing shows at breakneck speed. Bionic Woman, American Gladiators, The Office, and Knight Rider are all based on previous ideas with many coming from the thumbs-up of NBC Entertainment cochairman Ben Silverman.
That trend is continuing with Top Gear, the BBC hit all about car culture. NBC has ordered a pilot of the reality series, the British version of which is currently available in the US on BBC America.
The show's format "fits perfectly into NBC's line-up of programming with male appeal," according to Silverman, with peeks at all sorts of vehicles with any number of wheels, the occasional death-defying stunt done by the anonymous test-driver known as "The Stig," and humorous dialogue.
The UK version of the show is hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, and was one of the most pirated shows in the ...Read more