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Top Gear ‘faked’ scene causes media storm
Another week, another Top Gear controversy. This time Jeremy Clarkson and his cronies have been accused of ‘faking’ a scene from the episode aired the Sunday before last, the one where they brought chaos to the River Avon in a homemade hovercraft.
The furore was sparked after actor Michael Bott took to his online blog to reveal that he’d been hired by Top Gear to pose in a group of riverbank diners who have their meal interrupted by a deluge of water from the passing hovercraft.
The BBC also gave the press reports short shrift
The press leapt on the revelation, as they tend to do when Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear’s names are involved, accusing the show of duping viewers with faked scenes.
Clarkson responded in familiar style on Twitter, parodying the reports with his own mock outrage that a famous scene from the classic Fawlty Towers sit-com was also ‘faked’: “Oh no. I've just heard that the scene when Basil Fawlty beat his car with twigs was FAKED. It hadn't broken down at all.”
The BBC also gave the press reports short shrift, a spokeswoman informing The Times that "Top Gear is an entertainment programme and I don’t think the viewers would have been taken in."
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It’s hard to see how any viewers who saw Top Gear’s converted Transit van hovercraft rampaging along the picturesque river Avon in Warwickshire could have taken it to be a serious documentary of actual events.
The white van-come-hovercraft created by the Top Gear team careered downstream, bouncing from bank to bank, shattering the riverside idyll with the incredible din from its engines. At one point it capsizes a rowing boat, sending its occupant for an early bath. Then it proceeds past a riverside restaurant drenching diners who jump up and shake their fists at the floating van as it thunders off.
This is not even the first time that the BBC has been forced to admit what everybody already knew
This is not even the first time that the BBC has been forced to admit what everybody already knew: that Top Gear scenes are staged. There was a similar storm over a 2007 episode where a caravan was shown ‘accidentally’ catching fire.
The end result of that particular Top Gear storm in a tea cup was similar to the one we can expect to see now. The press gets its story, the Top Gear and Jeremy Clarkson publicity machines get their headlines and the general public gets something to talk about over its Monday morning coffee. Then everybody goes home happy.
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why the uproar we know its fake. it's just a fun program. i will not stop watching it.
the media want to get a life. and report on real news.
Its just like the caravan episode when May reversed into an awning then the same caravan and awning went up in smoke when Hammond threw the cushion out of the window. It was funny but faked.
Get a life if you believe happens opn TV is real ! it's an entertainment programme
emphasis on ENTERTAIN !
Also how come theres always a camera in the right place at the right time ???? because its staged.
does it bother me NO still one of the best and funnest programes out there
Top Gear is an entertainment programme not a bleeding documentary ... long live TOP GEAR!
They've been faking it for years,thats the point.The old Top Gear was out of date.The fastest car in any race be it a Veyron against a Cessna or Jaguar against the sun has always been the Range Rover camera car! My only change would be a one year ban on Hammond driving a 911!
"Top Gear 'faked' scene causes media storm"
I always thought it was funny that Top Gear got awards for being a factual show,
but now I see it. That title alone shows how stupid members of the press REALLY are!
It's just like a lot of stories in the newspapers. Totally made up to look good.
Only a true dipstick would believe it to be real.
Long live Top Gear.
For Gods sake, Top Gears entertainment, they hire actors.................. I suppose there are people out there that think East Enders is real !!!!!!!
Go Top Gear Go ....... Thumbs up from me.
No one cares its entertainment and the people who watch it enjoy it for what it is.
Try some 'proper' reporting,this is just embarrassing.
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