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November 18, 2009

Jeremy Clarkson for Prime Minister

Andy Wilman explains the 2001 reboot and subsequent success of Top Gear, a Flea-fav and - I have this on reliable authority - one of the most illegally downloaded shows on the planet.

The show looked 'f***ing old-fashioned' next to new formats such as Changing Rooms, says Wilman now, and after it was finally axed in 2001, he and Clarkson got together over a pub lunch to draw up a manifesto for a brand new Top Gear.

First, it would have a news section so 'important but boring' cars could be dispensed with quickly. Second, it would be filmed before an audience in an old aircraft hangar that would become 'an oasis for people who like cars'.

Third, they would have an all-male line-up. Fourth, and perhaps most importantly, 'it would always be an unfair show,' says Wilman.

'The BBC would say: "You should get Professor Suchabody on, talking about the environment,' and we would go: "F*** off."

Related and "Recommended by the Flea"™: Forza Motorsport 3

Segue: WWTDD? compares the opening of Hollywood blockbuster "The Dark Knight" and the latest installment of Call of Duty.

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 - was released Tuesday and in the first 24 hours it made $310 million. ‘The Dark Knight’ holds every Hollywood speed record, and it took that 10 days to reach 300.

In a bear market you could do worse than to consider a career in the video game industry.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 18, 2009 08:27 AM


Forza looks good, but it's the long-awaited Gran Turismo 5 with its rumoured recreation of the Top Gear test track that has me excited. I'm considering investing in a Playstation 3 just for that.

Posted by: Ash [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 18, 2009 02:07 PM