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Inspector Sands14,815 posts since 25 Aug 2004

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

Same name, same theme tune, same brand (the non Top Gear brand extensions continued), same production company... it's a continuation of the same programme just with a different format.
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Hatton Cross3,562 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
But which 'garage' is this going to be driven into in the BBC One schedules?
I'm really struggling to think of a suitable slot.
Sunday 8pm is drama/Antiques Roadshow territory.

Pre- Match Of The Day would be a) a bit too late and b) point the finger that it's going back to its male car driver roots.

Weeknight 8pm slot, doesn't seem the right fit, plus you've got some unmovable popular shows that have taken root in there.

So, thinking Countryfile at 6, Top Gear at 7 - but if you are looking for complimentary shows for a lead-in to it (not that it needs it as BBC Two audience will move across with no prompting) they are rather awkward bedfellows.
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Brekkie34,855 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
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Doesn't seem the right move really - it's home is Sundays 8pm and having it alternate with Call the Midwife or follow Strictly doesn't work.

If it moves nights Monday 9pm might be best - think it'll get lost later in the week.
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Robert Williams797 posts since 25 Jan 2003
London London
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 ?

Indeed - it was on BBC1 when it was a Midlands-only programme.
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Andrew14,538 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
This makes BBC Two look even weaker than it does already with no clear remit, it’s biggest shows taken from it, many hours just simulcasting the news channel.

Airing it at Sunday at 8pm will be a right gear change, alternating with Antiques Roadshow and airing after Countryfile. The elderly audience that makes up the biggest chunk of the viewers on a Sunday night won’t know what hit them.
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Cando1,667 posts since 8 Mar 2012
London London
Airing it at Sunday at 8pm will be a right gear change, alternating with Antiques Roadshow and airing after Countryfile. The elderly audience that makes up the biggest chunk of the viewers on a Sunday night won’t know what hit them.


Well if they can survive Peaky Blinders and Line of Duty, I imagine they can survive Top Gear.
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Cando1,667 posts since 8 Mar 2012
London London
Remember they tried QI for a while on BBC One and shifted it back to Two? Sometimes things don’t fit on another channel.

It fitted in fine and doubled its ratings, it only went back because the then controller of BBC ONE Danny Cohen didn't like it and wanted to free up development cash. Which ironically was mostly spent on a reboot of the old BBC 2 format Room 101.
WMD168 posts since 14 Jun 2006
Meridian (North) 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 ?


Genome to the rescue: BBC1 Midlands.
https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/bbcone/london/1977-04-22
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Markymark8,232 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) 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 ?


Genome to the rescue: BBC1 Midlands.
https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/bbcone/london/1977-04-22


Ta!

Interesting that after 23:15 the listings switch to minute accuracy
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Mr-Stabby2,748 posts since 4 Feb 2004
London London

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

Same name, same theme tune, same brand (the non Top Gear brand extensions continued), same production company... it's a continuation of the same programme just with a different format.


Oddly if you watch the first series of the rebooted Top Gear, other than the fact it had studio segments and the star in a reasonably priced car, it was closer to the original format compared to what it became. The first report they did was a long segment about how reasonably priced A converted Citroen van was. That's why i've always considered it the same show from 1978.
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