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Re: Top Gear!

Postby Sinister on Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:10 am

The Stig news


His face obscured by a blacked out visor on his helmet, The Stig has become famous as much for his anonymity as his driving skills.

Now the Top Gear star is locked in a bizarre legal dispute with the BBC over an attempt to write his autobiography - a move which threatens to finally lift the lid on his identity.

The broadcaster says he would be breaching a confidentiality agreement and tarnishing the mystery of the show, one of its most popular.

Quite who would want to read a book about a faceless man about whom so little is known is unclear, however.

Only a handful of BBC executives and the programme's presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May know who The Stig is.

The Corporation is desperate to stop him revealing his identity and has called in lawyers, who have warned him that publication would breach his 'contractual' and 'confidentiality' obligations to the BBC2 programme.

But he is continuing to fight them in what is a described as an 'incredibly tense' situation.

It is understood that publishers representing the racing driver have hit back with their own legal letters, raising the prospect of an embarrassing court battle.

Insiders fear the Corporation will end up axing the driver over the dispute, which has said to have deeply upset the show's frontman Clarkson.

Others have suggested The Stig may quit over the stand-off.

Sources said that for many years the driver had been forced to watch as Top Gear's other stars made a fortune from book deals.

But apart from his pay for appearing on the series, estimated to be between £5,000 and £10,000 per show, he has been unable to fully exploit his fame.

Clarkson is thought to earn in the region of £2million a year from his TV and book commitments.

He made £800,000 in the 12 months to March last year from the company set up to channel profits from the global exploitation of the Top Gear brand.

The BBC's commercial arm is behind products such as Stig shower gel and a Stig soap-on-a-rope, but The Stig does not make any money from them.

A BBC insider said: 'This is absolutely about confidentiality. These are such unusual circumstances because he is anonymous.'

The Stig has been a key part of the show's success since it was revamped from a dry motoring magazine format to a quirkier, more humorous show eight years ago.

It has always been widely thought that if the driver revealed his identity he would be fired.

Insiders admit the legal row will have to be resolved before the new series stars later this year.

A BBC spokesman said: 'The BBC is in a legal dispute over the publication of a book relating to Top Gear as this breaches agreed contractual and confidentiality obligations relating to the show.'

Even the celebrities taking part in the 'star in a reasonably priced car' section of the show do not get to know The Stig's identity.

The Stig keeps his helmet and suit on for the entire time the show is recording, only occasionally lifting his visor in private to eat.

He arrives on set early with only a handful of production staff so he will not be recognised and leaves after everyone else. He has his own dressing room and the studio audience do not have access to him at any time.

Among The Stig's features on the programme is Power Laps, which sees him test out performance road cars.

Clarkson himself came up with the idea for The Stig after the name given to new boys at Repton, the school he attended with Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman.
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Re: Top Gear!

Postby Sinister on Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:20 pm

Top Gear' presenter James May has claimed that The Stig would be killed off before being replaced by a different driver, reports The Sun.

The news follows the revelation that the show's current mystery driver has been identified as SAS hero Ben Collins, after a court battle allowed him to publish an autobiography unmasking him as The Stig.

May also suggested that the driver could be ousted in a similar way to his predecessor Perry McCarthy, when his identity was revealed back in 2003.

He said that he would probably team up with fellow 'Top Gear' hosts Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond to beat up The Stig, before taking back his famous white outfit and helmet.

The 47-year-old presenter told The Sun: "There was black-overalls Stig, who had to be dealt with by Andy.

"And then we got white-overalls Stig, who will be dealt with.

"We start some filming next week. We've had some thoughts - driving to The Stig's house and nailing his head to the table was one.

"And getting our overalls back because they're not his.

"And those stupid, poncy shoes he wears. They're ours. And the gloves."

'Top Gear' is due to come back for a new series later this year.
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Re: Top Gear!

Postby Sinister on Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:24 pm

The Stig has been sacked by Top Gear. Not according to the BBC, but to Jeremy Clarkson, who has spoken for the first time about the autobiography that has unmasked Ben Collins as The Stig.

In an interview, Clarkson said that he was "hurt" after he discovered that Collins, a racing driver, had been writing a book detailing his seven years as Top Gear's mythical character.

The Top Gear presenter said: "it was a shock. It was horrible, actually, because I liked him. He came round to my house and had drinks, and all the time he was writing a book, so I feel a bit hurt really."

Despite the BBC taking Collins to court to prevent him publishing the book, fearing it would damage the show, the corporation has yet to officially announce Collins' departure.

However, Clarkson seems to have done the job, saying: "put it this way, he's history as far as we're concerned. He's sacked."

He compared Collins to Gordon Gekko, an infamously greedy fictional investor played by Michael Douglas in the film Wall Street.

On the issue of replacing the Stig, Clarkson claims to have spent "the last three weeks doing nothing but trying to work out what on Earth to do instead." There are, he says, "many, many, many thousands of people queuing up to be whatever it is we create."

Earlier, Top Gear's James May had suggested that one of the show's next stunts might be "driving to The Stig's house and nailing his head to the table."
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Re: Top Gear!

Postby Mafia on Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:32 am

:rotflmao:

Quest for new stig. TG guys are busy picking the new one from their very own secret stig farm

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Re: Top Gear!

Postby Sinister on Thu Nov 04, 2010 10:32 am

The one in pink must be jerste. :reallyevil:
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Re: Top Gear!

Postby Sinister on Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:57 pm

Idiots complain about TG


The BBC's 'Top Gear' is once again embroiled in controversy after the famous hosts were shown performing a drive-by shooting of The Stig.

The stunt aired on Tuesday evening (December 21) during the first of two Christmas specials, involving a trip across the US.

The episode has been slammed by some viewers and the BBC has admitted that it has received a 'considerable number' of complaints. TV regulator Ofcom has confirmed that it has also been contacted, and will investigate in due course.

The stunt follows the controversial sacking of Ben Collins as the Stig in September after he wrote a book that revealed his identity. The 'Top Gear' presenters were shown firing at a cardboard cut-out of the Stig from a moving car.

Complaints appeared on the BBC's Points of View online message board immediately after the programme was aired. One viewer said that he'd: "Turned off the programme in disgust." However, plenty of users reacted in defence of the programme.

This isn't the first time that 'Top Gear' has courted controversy. Some claim the show is deliberately engineered to garner publicity, as this controversy comes two days before the second 'Top Gear' Christmas special, on Boxing Day.

The show isn't struggling for ratings, though. Tuesday's special was watched by 5.41 million viewers - more than twice the amount that watched Jamie Oliver's Best Ever Christmas on Channel Four (2.11 million).
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Re: Top Gear!

Postby Sinister on Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:59 pm

Captain Slow injured


The TV presenter James May has been injured while filming on location in Syria. The accident took place during a shoot for the BBC car show Top Gear, replicating the journey of the Three Wise Men.

May, 47, was assisting colleague Jeremy Clarkson in getting his car out of a ditch in a remote desert location when he hit his head on a rock, knocking himself unconscious.

May was rushed to hospital where he received a brain scan and stitches. The incident can be seen on the Top Gear Christmas special on Boxing Day on BBC2. In 2006 an accident left fellow Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond in a coma.
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Re: Top Gear!

Postby Sinister on Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:31 pm

Is Lyria the new Stig?


Top Gear last night unveiled the latest incarnation of its anonymous driver, The Stig, amid rumours that this time it could be a woman.

The new driver is small and slight, prompting immediate speculation that it could be a female racing expert.

Jeremy Clarkson, one of the BBC show’s presenters, claimed to have no idea who it was, but acknowledged that the driver was of small build.

He said: “People are always asking me who The Stig is and now, for once, I can honestly say, ‘I don’t know’.

“The Stig comes up to my legs and makes Richard Hammond look like a giant. All the good racing drivers these days are very small.”

The mystery of the character’s identity has become such a talking point that Sabine Schmitz’s name has already been mooted as a potential candidate.
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Re: Top Gear!

Postby Sinister on Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:50 pm

Did anyone see MikaPup in the latest TG episode? He was very busy eating flies. :hihi:
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Re: Top Gear!

Postby Lyria on Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:06 pm

Sinister wrote:Is Lyria the new Stig?




Hmm, I heard it could be Anthony Davidson :eek: He's quite small of frame isn't he?
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Re: Top Gear!

Postby Sakae on Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:00 pm

Isn't Anthony Davidson hired to perform live commentary on F1 software for iPad (by softpauper)?
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Re: Top Gear!

Postby Sinister on Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:44 pm

Lyria wrote:
Sinister wrote:Is Lyria the new Stig?




Hmm, I heard it could be Anthony Davidson :eek: He's quite small of frame isn't he?



Yes but most F1 drivers are small.
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Re: Top Gear!

Postby Sinister on Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:45 pm

Mexicans complain


Mexico's ambassador to Britain has complained to the BBC over the popular TV show "Top Gear", saying its presenters made "offensive, xenophobic and humiliating" comments about his country.

Eduardo Medina-Mora has written to the BBC about "insults" made by Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May in the show broadcast on Sunday.

In a discussion about a Mexican sports car, Hammond said vehicles reflected national characteristics so "Mexican cars are just going to be lazy".

The "outrageous, vulgar and inexcusable insults" risked stirring "bigoted feelings against the Mexican people", the ambassador wrote.

Reviewing the Mastretta, Hammond said: "Mexican cars are just going to be lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight, leaning against a fence asleep looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat."

The presenters then described Mexican food as "sick with cheese on it".

Later in the exchange, Clarkson said "we won't get any complaints about this because the Mexican ambassador's going to be sitting there with a remote control like this" -- and he slumped down in his chair and faked a snore.

The BBC did not comment on the complaint but said it would respond directly to the ambassador.

It is the not the first time that "Top Gear", which is one of the BBC's most popular programmes for foreign sales, has sparked controversy.

Hundreds of viewers complained in 2008 after Clarkson joked about lorry drivers murdering prostitutes.

Last week, the programme was named most popular factual show at the National TV Awards.
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Re: Top Gear!

Postby Funkmother on Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:03 am

Factual show... ^o^
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Re: Top Gear!

Postby Sinister on Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:53 am

Funkmother wrote:Factual show... ^o^



It really should be entertaining show, not factual :hihi: Its so obvious some bits are scripted. :armchair: Maybe that's why its so popular worldwide. :clap:
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