This is the full story of the unstoppable rise of Clarkson, Hammond, May and The Stig – and how they have transformed an ordinary programme about cars into one of the most famous and best-loved TV programmes of the 21st century.
Reaching a peak in the 1990s thanks to presenter Jeremy Clarkson, the original series then faced the axe in 2001 – but Clarkson and producer Andy Wilman successfully pitched a new format to BBC bosses and Top Gear returned to become the irreverent, funny and often controversial show we now know and love.
The addition of co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May completed the Top Gear dream team and ratings soared asviewers tuned in to see the latest Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, arguments over the Cool Wall and Power Laps by the mysterious Stig. Top Gear has long attracted criticism for its dangerous stunts and the presenters’ controversial opinions.
©2011 Martin Roach (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Just a written summary of top gear episodes nothing we didn't already know.
Gotten interviews with the members of the top gear team instead of relying on secondhand tales.
The book was pure bilge and didn't finish it, this was no fault of Jerome Pride, probably wouldn't have gotten as far as I did without him!
Jerome Pride an excellent narrator.
Save your money or credits and don't buy this, watch Top Gear instead!
"Absolute waste of time and money"
He didn't; he was ok
This was a dreadful book. The author basically watched every Top Gear episode and read loads of stuff in the newspapers about the presenters, and then he wrote a book.
All he does is describe the episodes - he doesn't take us into how the three work together, what they do, why they do it.
So much of the book is taken up by the author just telling you what happens in each episode, with a knowing wink so you know it was a joke or satire - but what the reader wants is to hear loads of stuff about the way these things are made, the way the presenters make the show work etc.
There's none of that in this book. Nothing of value at all - if you want to find out the contents of this book, just watch Top Gear. For example, the book is full of stuff like a description of an episode and then a statement like "and Hammond apparently has a terrible phobia of insects", just cos we see a scene in which he says he's terrified of insects - you don't find out anything about it, whether it's true or part of his Top Gear 'character' etc - the author simply watched the episode and made a note "oh, looks like Hamster is afraid of bugs, I'll say that in the book".
That's not what I want - I don't need technical details, but I want more than just "this is what they did on the show, and Jeremy wrote about it in his column and then this is what he said on an interview".
There is nothing of value in this book to a Top Gear fan. And if you're a fan of the presenters, there's even less - cos you'll already know it all. You don't get anything new at all.
"A good light listen"
On the whole I really quite enjoyed this book. It wasn't the most in-depth, but it gave a good potted history of Top Gear and I learned quite a bit about the programme's development.
Some of the chapters consist of the author explaining what happened in certain episodes in much the same way an excited child would tell you about their favourite programme. As I'm sure everyone who reads / listens to this book will be a Top Gear viewer, I felt the detailed explanation of the episodes wasn't really necessary!
Saying that, the author delivers the book with good humour and made me smile a lot with the behind the scenes stories.
The only real bad point about this audiobook is that the narrator managed to mispronounce several names. I found a quick shout at the speakers with the correct pronunciation satisfied me!
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