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Old December 30 2008, 03:44 PM   #211
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It was. Rounded off an excellent series all round I'd say. That bar they had to get to at the end was stunning.
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Old December 30 2008, 05:07 PM   #212
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Born in the USA! Poor, D'arsay's head. James May looked genuinely upset when she lost her head.
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Old December 30 2008, 05:32 PM   #213
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Well looks like we might be seeing a pared down Top Gear next year...

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Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman has admitted that the BBC Two motoring show will be hit by severe budget cuts next year, reports The Guardian.
Wilman, who is also Jeremy Clarkson's business partner, wrote on Top Gear fansite Transmission that "nobody's got a pot to p*** in anymore".
Wilman's posting, which was later altered, initially read: "No point in moaning about that - all shows are suffering and nobody's got a pot to p*** in anymore anyway, so no reason why we shouldn't suffer as well.
"Our problem though is that there is no fat to trim off the show, in that we waste almost nothing behind the scenes and the old cliché of every penny goes on screen is actually true."
Discussing ways in which the programme will change next series, he continued: "In 2009, the budget cut has to affect what you watch, and Clarkson has had a brainwave in making this as painless as possible.
"Basically instead of trimming back a little bit on every show - losing a helicopter here or a truck crash there - we'll endeavour to make 13 of our 14 shows as per the usual Jerry Bruckheimer standard, and then the last one, when we only have a tenner left, will be utter, utter s**te."
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Old December 30 2008, 05:43 PM   #214
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I just hope Doctor Who's budget doesn't get humped for Moffat's first season in 2010.

Right BBC, it's time to cull the herd. Strictly Come Flailing, Songs of Piss and Graham Norton are all expendable.

As is everything on BBC 3 (that isn't re-runs of Doctor Who and Top Gear).
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Old December 30 2008, 05:48 PM   #215
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No worries guys, i'm sure they will be slashing the license fee along with the budgets...
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Old December 30 2008, 05:50 PM   #216
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I'll happily pay double if it guaranteed an entire season of Doctor Who that didn't feature the usual "shitty 3 episodes (and unsatisfying finale)".
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Old December 30 2008, 07:33 PM   #217
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Bob The Skutter wrote: View Post
Well looks like we might be seeing a pared down Top Gear next year...

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Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman has admitted that the BBC Two motoring show will be hit by severe budget cuts next year, reports The Guardian.
Wilman, who is also Jeremy Clarkson's business partner, wrote on Top Gear fansite Transmission that "nobody's got a pot to p*** in anymore".
Wilman's posting, which was later altered, initially read: "No point in moaning about that - all shows are suffering and nobody's got a pot to p*** in anymore anyway, so no reason why we shouldn't suffer as well.
"Our problem though is that there is no fat to trim off the show, in that we waste almost nothing behind the scenes and the old cliché of every penny goes on screen is actually true."
Discussing ways in which the programme will change next series, he continued: "In 2009, the budget cut has to affect what you watch, and Clarkson has had a brainwave in making this as painless as possible.
"Basically instead of trimming back a little bit on every show - losing a helicopter here or a truck crash there - we'll endeavour to make 13 of our 14 shows as per the usual Jerry Bruckheimer standard, and then the last one, when we only have a tenner left, will be utter, utter s**te."
I wouldn't worry too much about this as far as Top Gear goes. There are plenty of ways they can trim the budget, the easiest of which is getting rid of the Top Gear Stuntman segments and some of the more crash-oriented segments (like destroying buses or caravans). Instead of a "find a classic (or not so classic) car" challenge for $1000, they'll pare it down to $250 and hilarity ensues.

IMO, as much as some car nuts despise it, the show's as much about the presenters screwing around as it is about the cars. They'll be fine.
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Old December 31 2008, 06:50 AM   #218
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Finally watched this episode--excellent stuff on par with their other international adventures.

I rewatched this part several times, but how did Clarkson manage to wipe out? It doesn't look like he's doing anything particularly dangerous or stupid (all things relative), and then he just falls over. Thankfully his injuries weren't worse than they were.
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Old December 31 2008, 09:36 AM   #219
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^ Inexperience (on a bike) maybe?
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Old December 31 2008, 10:26 AM   #220
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Pingfah wrote: View Post
No worries guys, i'm sure they will be slashing the license fee along with the budgets...
A late contender for quote of the year.
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Old December 31 2008, 11:03 AM   #221
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No worries guys, i'm sure they will be slashing the license fee along with the budgets...
I know you're kidding but...
Well they kinda already did, hence the slashed budgets. The increases used to be linked to inflation, so it's always be an above inflation increase, but at the last charter settlement the government took that away and now they're getting a below inflation increase for 4 years with possibly no increase at all on the 5th year, with increased costs for digital switch over, changing over to HD production etc. it means the BBCs budget is really smaller even with the increase of the licence fee. And now with the government ideas on top slicing the licence fee to pay other PSBs with it seems like it'll be getting worse.
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Old December 31 2008, 11:05 AM   #222
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Isn't Top Gear one of the programs that's making money for the BBC?
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Old December 31 2008, 11:59 AM   #223
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Isn't Top Gear one of the programs that's making money for the BBC?
Depends on how you look at it, all the stuff on sale is making money for BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, which gets it's budget from the sales of rights from BBC properties, any profits they then make go back in to the BBCs budget. So any show they sell the rights for internationally or on to pay TV makes them money. But I guess Top Gear has more than most with the magazines, dvds, international sales and format rights, plus it's one of BBC Two's highest rated shows.
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Old January 2 2009, 06:30 PM   #224
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Unfortunately, all the money that Top Gear makes through BBC Worldwide doesn't go back to Top Gear. If it did, they really would be able to afford to drive a Ferrari on the moon. (Well, maybe not quite, but they'd probably at least be able to punt one into low orbit... or blow it up spectacularly on a moor somewhere.)

The BBC's current biggest earner is, of all things, Strictly Come Dancing, which according to an article I read a few weeks ago accounts for close to half of Worldwide's takings from foreign rights sales - tens of millions of pounds.
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Old June 21 2009, 06:53 PM   #225
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Starts tonight at 8pm and have been told if you are recording it you have to set your device for 65 minutes not 60 minutes.
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