Thursday, August 6, 2015

Top Gear Amazon Style

Over the summer, somehow, the Monkeys and I have become hooked on the former BBC show Top Gear.  For those unfamiliar with the show's concept, there are three core presenters, a team of friends, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.  They review various cars in Britain and then are sent on "challenges" by the show producers, usually with quite comic results.

The show has been on for many years, so there are all sorts of reruns, and our Uverse has BBC as one of its choice channels.  So suddenly I found our DVR loaded with tons of Top Gear reruns.  It's remarkably entertaining, and I've gotten hooked.

So imagine my dismay to learn that there had been a tiff between star Clarkson and a producer.  This resulted in Clarkson being fired or not having his contract renewed, depending on which version of the story one reads.  This led to the other two, May and Hammond, deciding to quit the show too, in a show of solidarity with Clarkson.

Fans over the world were quite disappointed from what I understand.  However, not all was lost.  There was lots of talk over Netflix or some other network  picking them up.  There was even an offer from the Beeb for Hammond and May to host the show, and have Clarkson visit periodically.

I was thus surprised to learn via Google+ this week, that Amazon had scooped everyone, by landing the trio for a new Top Gear show, to be on Amazon Prime!  DH has a Prime account, and it has proved useful for watching movies for free, and such.  While we have not yet played with the TV on Amazon, I suspect it will be relatively simple, much like the movies are to watch.  I confess, I am looking forward to seeing how it goes.  They are a hoot to watch, so if you have access to the reruns on BBC, check it out.  And if not, wait for it to show up on Amazon.  Amazon also says they will sell/distribute it to networks to broadcast.  So if you like Top Gear, never fear, there WILL be new shows!


  1. Hey there... This comment has nought to do with Top Gear. Instead: Thanks for the tidbit about Shaun the Sheep. But I can't find any theaters in my area that are actually playing this movie... no one's got posters or any advertising. :-(


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