And on that Bombshell: Inside the Madness and Genius of Top Gear
I was Top Gear's script editor for 13 years and all 22 series. I basically used to check spelling and think of stupid gags about The Stig. I also got to hang around with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. It didn't feel like something you should get paid for.
From the disastrous pilot show of 2002 to the sudden and unexpected ending in 2015, wo
Was it scripted? How the hell did The Stig coach celebrities without revealing his identity? What was it like to get famous? What was it like to get really famous? Is Jeremy really like that? Is James ...more
That said, I absolutely loved this book, for any fan of the show it's an essential read. It tells the reader how Top Gear used to be and how in its new format how it became the global phenomenon it was right up until the end. But it's also so much more, we get backstage stories, how The Stig came to be, the preparation that went into creating the challenges that became as much a ...more
At times Porter waxes so Top Gear-comedy-writer that its hard to read. Getting a zinger once in a while is funny, but non stop for several paragraphs in a row (or the entire intro an ...more
The author was there before Andy Wilman took over as producer and the ‘new’ Top Gear was born, so has some insight into the whole affair from start to end. The chapters that largely flow chronologically through the series, but with the occasional step out to cover a specific topic (like The S ...more
Porter is also pretty candid on his feelings regarding the incident with Clarkson assaulting Oisin Tymon that caused the end of the show. I feel like Porter could have shared a bit more about some of ...more
my main problem is that this non-fiction book SORELY needs an index and less so, a table of contents. ...more
If you're a car enthusiast or just interested in Top Gear as a program, give this a read. ...more
bringing your own food to grandma's house if you directly pay for a piece of
visual entertainment that is not a cinema. If you've lived abroad for a
while and find torrenting and so on dodgy, you can get around this by
netflixing and all the rest, where an invisible man takes your money every
month for unspecified reasons and, hey look, there is TV in the computer!
Being all this, I've found it unbearable to even consider buying ...more