The making of Top Gear and the fate of season 10.

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(The above videos are Jimmy Carr looking behind the scenes of the Emmy award winning Top Gear. It was originally part of a “best of” episode.)

This isn’t the first time I’ve gushed over Top Gear, and probably won’t be the last. But when Jeremy Clarkson asks the world what should become of the show I thought it was probably worth bringing up.

And although Jeremy questions the recent direction of the show, I’m sure he’s well aware his little car magazine is reaching a television nirvana, not just for motoring programs, but for any type of broadcast on the medium.

It puts us on level terms with Eastenders. It means we are, give or take, the most watched show on the BBC. And that’s just in Britain. Factor in the rest of the world, and TG is effing massive.

When a show can give you goosebumps, makes you pace with excitement, giddy with laughter, silent in awe, and turn little more then three journalists into something more akin to the cast of Seinfeld, it seems the Orwellian prediction of televisions future is a little less Big Brother, and a little bit more cocking around with your mates (albeit filmed better than most movies).

So let Jeremy know what you think, but the shows natural evolution has, and will, continue to serve it better than any focus group could.

29 Responses to “The making of Top Gear and the fate of season 10.”


  • I THOUGHT THE LAST SERIES WAS THE BEST SERIES OF TOP GEAR EVER!

  • PLease. thats all. please.

    I’m empty without it

  • Series 9 (last series) was definetely the best, especially the comical roadtrip through America. Which was a nice, light hearted break from the much appreciated usual.

  • Please Please keep Top gear running,

    I watch it every week all the time and I can not believe that it’s ended like this just because of the stupid BBC!

    We all enjoy watching Top Gear and if you take it away then that is an extremely bad service,
    there are still things people need to know and new cars coming out, I wouldn’t know as much about cars as i do now if I didn’t have top gear to watch and every episode is fun also!

    PUT IT BACK

  • Top Gear is my favorite show period. I look forward to every single episode.. I am checking the internet daily just to find out when the first episode of season 10 will come out! I live in UTAH there isn’t exactly a lot of people that roll around in Ferrari’s and Lambos…without this show I am LOST!…..seriously this is by far the best show out there for car enthusiasts.. If you do not make more episodes of Top Gear.. I will be forced to watch NASCAR *cry* and The Speed channel…..uggg

    Best episode ever..I loved the Enzo Ferrari episode where the conclusion was the F-40 is better….LOVED IT!

    You should do more episodes like the $1000 car episode! How about the fastest American muscle car for $1000 or something…

  • I never knew BBC tv stations existed before watching top gear. This show crosses the boundries of countries. Not many shows outside of america are world reknown. Great view of the english culture.

  • Top Gear is The Best Show Ever Created, without a doubt. Not only is it entertaining and funny, but it is also very informative. I enjoy watching Top Gear A LOT.

    The things they do on the show are things that other shows fail to do, like the challenges and the GT races..

    Its a great show and should stay!!!

    Give Us MORE TOP GEAR!!!

  • TOP GEAR……The best there is and will be. The combination of the three of them is simply perfect. I live in Uruguay south america, I saw top gear on a torrent site and after that I was totally hooked in. The is no way out, its the best shoiw ever. I made my fiends watch and thay are hooked also. There is no way you can describe it and make justice of it. People have to just watch it to really enjoy what it is all about. Entertainment, cars, great photography, the landscapes, the humor…… There is no combination so well achieved as they have in top gear. BBC make happen. DO not throw it out the back. As long as the three are here Top Gear has to be alive. PERIOD

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  • I live between Singapore and India, and am a huge fan. I think its absolutely preposterous that a show like Top Gear has to face even the possiblity of being cancelled- its like throwing away good money from the BBC’s point of view, and throwing away an amazing and complete package of humour, cinematography, information, and downright enjoyment from the rest of the world’s point of view.
    BRING IT BACK!

  • bring it back nuff!!

  • This is a show that people appreciate all around the world. bring it back!!

    (Australia)

  • Please Please Please birng back Top gear!!!

  • Are you serious it’s going to be cancelled? Does the BBC have any idea how HUGE it is in Australia? it’s like a cult. Taking away TOP GEAR is like taking away…. beer, meat pies and use of the term ‘Sheila’ … it’s unheard of.

  • OK OK Last Season was the worst ever, it was no longer a show dedicated to cars but one of those shows to entertain the old guys after the evening news (much like a soap opera) but please be smart enough not to let it end (there are thousands of fans waiting for the next season all over the world (I’m from Portugal) oh anda by the way if you can get to the olf format it would be the cherry at the top of the cake (you know, show us the new cars and what thy’re like and bring back the races across europe with super cars) Otherwise I’m sorry but there are more interesting car programs to see rather then top gear and you might as well not bring back the series

  • I’m sick of nerds saying that TG is not any more a show about cars. It has always been the same:a show that combines the two best thing in TV: cars and comedy.
    I can’t think of a show that I rather watch than TG. It is simply the best show ever made. Not to bring it back would be the worst thing that could ever happen to television.I just hope BBC comes back to their senses because I can’t wait to see the new season.
    I watch it in Romania and it is a huge succes.

  • Just watched the polar special on my tivo…i cant wait for the show to come back

  • Never ever stop! If you have all reached the age of 80 I expect you all to be there to test hurses or race ‘dead people carriers’ or something. Are you @#$$%##@ out of your minds. Let me suck up: Please you legends of car culture and greatest presenters of the worlds finest show ever, don’t take TG away from me and all other Duchies for that matter. I like this world a lot better with you guys and TG on my Sunday nights.

  • Top Gear is one of those shows that really can’t come to an end until there are no more cars being made. I t isn’t some dumb sitcom with a tired plot, no, it is a show that constantly brings us new experiences and insights. What other Show would have the balls to even attept driving to the north pole or racing a buggati and a plane across europe. It is a completely unique show. I live in America, and the only car shows we have here are either a bunch of hee haws yelling as cars drive in a circle or some custom shop putting afish tank, a waterfall, and a full brick oven in som guys Impala. I watched top gear while it was on the discovery channel, but they seem to have taken more intrest in some guy going around filming himself bathing in cockroaches or pleasuring pigs. I have since turned to the internet to view top gear. To the BBC, If you cancel Top Gear, then you are retarded. It is the most watched show in Britan and probably one of the most watched car shows in the world. If you can’t market to all those people via the show than your corperation is an embarrasment to capitalism. And honestly, in america nobody gives a F@#k What Not To Wear, we want top gear. Put Top Gear on the american BBC aswell as the regular BBC and I guarrentee your rating will skyrocket. Just Do It!!!!

  • to my makers of top gear. r u going to cancel a show which has more viewers then big brother r u madand watched by a 250,000 people worldwide and in fact top gear is by far the best show on the bbc, so do the right thing for us petrol heads bring back the captain slow bring back the hammster bring back JC and of course the stig

  • All I can say is that Top Gear is one on the best shows on televison by any broadcaster, anywhere in the world. I will freely admit that I am a petrolhead, but I am constantly blown away by how many “non-car-people” love this this show as well. The hosts have some of the best and funniest chemistry I have ever seen, it is beautifully filmed and produced, and has some of the most amazing “oh my God will you listen to that car” scenes ever. Although the focus may have shifted somewhat over the years, the show is still amazing and draws millions of viewers worldwide. Please, please, please keep this show going! It is a wonderful breath of TV fresh air for those of us in North America, and I don’t know what I would do if this show didn’t continue!

  • WHO IS THE STIG???

    how can a not well knowen racer drive faster then jenson button…who is he???

    Michael Schumacher???

  • bring TG to america! maybe it will force the US to make better cars when clarkson slams them into trees! and makes fun of them. he’ll have to tone it down a bit for america, someone will take him the wrong way and possibly shoot him

  • Palms are already sweating at the thought of the next series starting!

    Carputz – Tbh i dont think clarkson would even last an episode in America! If guns were so readily available in the uk he’d have more holes than my socks! lol.

    As for THE STIG!?? … we’re never going to know for sure who he is are we 🙁 i hear its an american driver but lets face it … it could be anyone in that helmet. It might even be me 🙂

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  • Now common BBC!! You have to be off your bloody heads!! how can you even think for a second of canceling TG?? i live in england and frankly there’s no show i look forward to watching more than top gear!! i’m not a petrolhead and nor are my family but its the one show we all sit down and watch together!! it’s soooo GREAT!! i mean the only other show we ever watch together is prison break.. so on that basis TG is as big as one of the best ever dramas to hit tv! now how can you take that away from soo many billions of people world wide? its ludicrous!

  • Hi there. I come from Kyrgyzstan and am one of the biggiest fans of Top Gear. I can’t even imagine how it would be if BBC stoped producing this show. Don’t want to think about it… Because we don’t get BBC here I always gotta watch all the shows on youtube. So please, bring BBC to Kyrgyzstan or stop deleting videos from youtube!!! That’s not fair. However, for about 2 months I started do download all the episodes of Top Gear with eMule and today I finished!!! All 10 seasons + Revved up, Back in the fast lane and one more film. Somehow I just don’t get bored of watching the show again and again. However, I got a question: does any-one know when the 11th season is comming?

  • It is such a shame this question needs to be asked.

    TG is a great show – even the cut up version we get here in the states.

    It would also be nice if the vocabulary of the presenters was expanded a little too. Rubbish is a great word or much over used in descriptions. Alternatively, I would be happy to come and assist in the “cocking about” and then I can provide some additional vocabulary for you to better adequately describe the opinions expressed. Frankly, I’m surprised the country that is the namesake for the language uses so little of it.

    Back to the point, how could BBC consider getting rid of the best show they have?

    -Mike from the United States

  • Some Wanna Be Redneck

    Top Gear never left.

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