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Old 31 Jan 2007, 03:07 (Ref:1829852)   #1
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5th Gear vs Top Gear

Honest opinion guys - how do you guys rate 5th Gear compared to Top Gear - I know Tif Needell was a presenter on the latter before 5th Gear - would be interested to hear....
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Old 31 Jan 2007, 17:28 (Ref:1830419)   #2
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5th Gear is awful.

I watched an episode last year where Tiff was testing (I think) a McLaren F1 LM and a Ferrari Enzo. I was surprised to find he had become an annoying, effeminate and screechy person.

As for the rest of the show, it's all pretty dull really. But, it is aimed at a different audience after all.
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Old 31 Jan 2007, 17:42 (Ref:1830435)   #3
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5th gear is truly, truly dreadful.

Not even listening to VBH can persuade me to watch it. And it got 100 times worse this series with Lovejoy. Honestly, what is the ****ing point of having a presenter on a motoring programme that knows **** all about cars?

Even if you take out the crap content, awful attempts at copying TG, biased reviews and terrible presenters (except for Tom Ford - he's good), just compare the editing and camera work. TG is simply awe inspiring on that front; 5th Gear is like a 6th Form project.
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5th Gear is a poor mans Old Top Gear!

I prefer to read Tom Ford's work than watch it too. Maybe it's the beard.
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Old 31 Jan 2007, 18:00 (Ref:1830453)   #5
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Tom Ford's a good presenter. 5th Gear always was more of a true hard facts programme than the glossy Top Gear, but in the last series they've just ruined it by trying to copy TG.


Anyway in went downhill when they decided Jason Plato would no longer be a presenter.
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Old 31 Jan 2007, 18:40 (Ref:1830477)   #6
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The last series of 5th Gear was appalling. They seem to have lost the plot a bit!
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Old 31 Jan 2007, 18:47 (Ref:1830484)   #7
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well they are both wuite different, imo 4th gear is no match for top gear, i love top gear one of fav shows. top gear is intended to be more funny etc, whereas 5th gear is meant to be mostly true road tests rather than digging up roads etc
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I never liked the old style top gear. But I did like Driven on C4 alot. 5th gear is in many forms; the old top gear.
The new top gear I used to watch alot, loved it, very funny, enterianment value, but not for cars. They have the right balance, so it's not boring IMHO. But I think it needs to be a bit more relevant to cars especially when they have celebs on and they talk about not thing to do with cars and not celeb stuff which would be an exception of course.
Its great when they have the F1 drivers on and the great super cars.
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"They have the right balance", "But I think it needs to be a bit more relevant to cars"
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Yes well thats nearly a across the board thumbs down for 5th Gear - I dont know whether the new season is running down here yet - usually runs on Lifestyle channel on Foxtel and from what I can see its replays from as long ago as 2 yrs back at present. From what your saying is miss Vickey still on board?? I can probably understand Plato not being there - he probably priced himself out of a gig -Tif is Tif - he also spends a lot of time these days racing in the GT3 class from what I can gather - pretty handy peddler of machinery.
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Well lets think...

1. VBH is unbvelieveably annoying
2. Jason Plato always tries and fails to be funny
3. Tiff Needell gets on my nerves
4. The flirting between VBH and that new 'presenter' is primary school stuff
5. The whole programme sucks

Top Gear is so much better. It has changed from being totally on cars to being more of an entertainment programme based around cars, which I think was the right route to go down.
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Well lets think...

1. VBH is unbvelieveably annoying
2. Jason Plato always tries and fails to be funny
3. Tiff Needell gets on my nerves
4. The flirting between VBH and that new 'presenter' is primary school stuff
5. The whole programme sucks

Top Gear is so much better. It has changed from being totally on cars to being more of an entertainment programme based around cars, which I think was the right route to go down.
i agree, dont change top gear, its fine as it is now!

i wish they never got rid of the old list of times by ther celebs tho. imo they ran out of celebs so they had to start again
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I think 5th Gear is trying too hard, both in general, and trying to be a TG clone. Other than Lovejoy (who I think is excellent on SoccerAM) there's not much wrong with the presenting team. If they just calmed down and did their own thing, and cut out the gimmicks, it would be a fine show for enthusiasts.
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1. VBH is unbvelieveably annoying.
Annoying? In a sexy way I suppose. And she wants me... I can tell.


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I don't like 5th gear. I don't enjoy the content as much as Top Gear, I don't find the presenters as amusing, and that's that really - but it could be one of those things that stems from the fact I've always watched Top Gear more - it's what I'm used to.

FWIW, though, I haven't watched the programme for about a year now.
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