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Moving to BBC ONE (February 2020)

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DVB Cornwall West Country (West) Spotlight
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VMPhil Granada North West Today
I was planning on starting a Top Gear thread today purely because I’m enjoying it so much and it deserves to be talked about more. I’m a bit nervous about what such a move will do at a time when the programme is on the ascendancy again, but there’s no doubt that they’ve earned it, and I hope the wider exposure will ultimately be beneficial to the programme.
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dosxuk Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Is Paddy McGuiness still on it?
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fusionlad Founding member West Country (West) Spotlight
Is Paddy McGuiness still on it?

Yes
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Inspector Sands
18 years? It went national in 1978. It was axed at the end of 2001 and returned in October 2002 so it's been on BBC2 for 42 years.
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Jonwo
18 years? It went national in 1978. Even taking into account the brief break between formats it's been on BBC2 for 42 years.


The 2002 Top Gear is a completely different show to its predecessor which was a straight forward review show. So it’s somewhat correct.

It is a huge blow to BBC Two to lose what is their crown jewel after so long
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UKnews
Jonwo posted:
18 years? It went national in 1978. Even taking into account the brief break between formats it's been on BBC2 for 42 years.


The 2002 Top Gear is a completely different show to its predecessor which was a straight forward review show. So it’s somewhat correct.

It is a huge blow to BBC Two to lose what is their crown jewel after so long

Hardly a first though - many other big hits have moved to BBC One. They’ll find another, it’s one of their remits.
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TIGHazard Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Jonwo posted:
18 years? It went national in 1978. Even taking into account the brief break between formats it's been on BBC2 for 42 years.


The 2002 Top Gear is a completely different show to its predecessor which was a straight forward review show. So it’s somewhat correct.

It is a huge blow to BBC Two to lose what is their crown jewel after so long

Hardly a first though - many other big hits have moved to BBC One. They’ll find another, it’s one of their remits.


Wasn't it basically Clarkson, Hammond & May that never wanted it to move in the first place? I seem to remember hearing that somewhere before.
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dosxuk Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Jonwo posted:

The 2002 Top Gear is a completely different show to its predecessor which was a straight forward review show. So it’s somewhat correct.

It is a huge blow to BBC Two to lose what is their crown jewel after so long

Hardly a first though - many other big hits have moved to BBC One. They’ll find another, it’s one of their remits.


Wasn't it basically Clarkson, Hammond & May that never wanted it to move in the first place? I seem to remember hearing that somewhere before.


IIRC they believed they had more freedom to be "naughty" on tucked away on BBC Two.
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Larry the Loafer Granada North West Today
I don't like the sound of this. Regardless how much better it's become and how popular the new line up is, Top Gear doesn't have the universal appeal most BBC One shows have/need. I hope this doesn't backfire and water the show down.
London Lite and Anglialad gave kudos
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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
18 years? It went national in 1978. It was axed at the end of 2001 and returned in October 2002 so it's been on BBC2 for 42 years.


Pre 1978 it was a regional Midlands programme of course. Was it on BBC 1 or 2 during that period ? I don't think there were any BBC 2 English regional opts before about 1980 ?
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Cando London London
Top Gear doesn't have the universal appeal most BBC One shows have/need.

Only it did under Clarkson....

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