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Inspector Sands13,762 posts since 25 Aug 2004
I've not been that much of a fan of Paddy Mcguinness in the past but actually came round to him on Top Gear last night. His dry sense of humour fitted in quite well.

With a permanent 3 presenters they've returned back to the classic family combination. Paddy's the dad figure, Harris the mother and Flintoff the teenage child. It's something that's been lacking recently with first 6 presenters then just two main ones. The line up also has various class and geographic tensions which were established rally early on
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What "dry sense of humour"? All he did was shout in that ridiculous overblown accent and put everyone else down. Made Evans seem subtle.

If that was my "dad" I'd have left home at 16 having beaten him up.
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What "dry sense of humour"? All he did was shout in that ridiculous overblown accent and put everyone else down.


You do realise that, for some people, you could be describing Jeremy Clarkson there?


And that's probably what the BBC thought as well.

It doesn't matter, if the programme is successful then great, good luck to them, but I won't be watching.
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gottago2,839 posts since 26 Aug 2004
London London
The last episode of traditional The Grand Tour was an interesting one as they properly acknowledged all their years on the BBC as well, with a very nice montage of their best moments from Top Gear and The Grand Tour:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0CN9lcWh5c

I think there are far more clips from Top Gear in there than there are TGT, but considering how long Top Gear ran for in a way that's unsurprising. I haven't really got into TGT after being unimpressed by what I saw of the first season, but they did they generally avoid mentioning Top Gear or were they happy to embrace the past?

Must say I did find the studio bits around the montage with Clarkson properly sobbing a bit strange, with the tone suddenly turning very solemn and almost funeral-esque! The emotions did seem very real but in a way I thought it came across on-screen as a bit self-indulgent and insincere, as the fake-out ending where they celebrated the fact the show wasn't really ending was almost inevitable?!

I guess it could be a case of very genuine emotions from Clarkson and co which matched up more with the rumours in the press that the move to the new format was the beginning of Amazon quietly axing the show, which then ends up looking a bit odd once edited for TV as they're made to try and spin the whole thing in a positive way?

I'd love to know how many people are actually watching it. I've barely heard any buzz about The Grand Tour since series 1.
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gottago2,839 posts since 26 Aug 2004
London London
The last episode of traditional The Grand Tour was an interesting one as they properly acknowledged all their years on the BBC as well, with a very nice montage of their best moments from Top Gear and The Grand Tour:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0CN9lcWh5c

I think there are far more clips from Top Gear in there than there are TGT, but considering how long Top Gear ran for in a way that's unsurprising. I haven't really got into TGT after being unimpressed by what I saw of the first season, but they did they generally avoid mentioning Top Gear or were they happy to embrace the past?

Must say I did find the studio bits around the montage with Clarkson properly sobbing a bit strange, with the tone suddenly turning very solemn and almost funeral-esque! The emotions did seem very real but in a way I thought it came across on-screen as a bit self-indulgent and insincere, as the fake-out ending where they celebrated the fact the show wasn't really ending was almost inevitable?!

I guess it could be a case of very genuine emotions from Clarkson and co which matched up more with the rumours in the press that the move to the new format was the beginning of Amazon quietly axing the show, which then ends up looking a bit odd once edited for TV as they're made to try and spin the whole thing in a positive way?

I'd love to know how many people are actually watching it. I've barely heard any buzz about The Grand Tour since series 1.


I don't think the ratings are especially high. I heard less than a quarter million but I don't know if that's UK only or worldwide.

That must be UK only because it would be a truly disastrous figure if it was worldwide.
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nwtv20038,377 posts since 5 Jan 2003
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Does anyone know what ratings things on Amazon get? I assumed they were like Netflix and didn't release figures


There was an article last year that Ofcom published which had the most watched shows on streaming services for the first quarter or half of 2018. No 1 was Friends, No 2, I believe was The Grand Tour, at something like 900,000 an episode.

I guess the true numbers are never revealed usually, nor are those who watch illegally.
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cylon63,681 posts since 6 Mar 2005
London London
To quote myself on Twitter.

Well! I think that was the most enjoyable edition of Top Gear since the Clarkson/Hammond/May era. It's easier being the guys not coming straight after those previous guys. Good chemistry between Paddy, Freddie & Chris. I was a sceptic going in but a convert by the end of it.
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