Clarkson, Hammond and May embark on a journey to the southernmost point of South America.

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Clarkson, Hammond and May embark on a journey to the southernmost point of South America.

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12 January 2015 (USA)  »

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Himself - Presenter: [Jeremy drives past a sign] Map of the Falkland Islands with "Argentina's forever". That is a straight face I'm pulling right now. Straight. I will not spark fury on this trip. This is the new me, the smart me, the clever me.
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For how long can you milk the format?
30 December 2014 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

With this 'special', Top Gear has reached an absolute new low. The show has become a parody of itself.

The series have been in decline for a couple of years now. It used to be a regular 10-13 episode a season show. Now you'd be lucky to have six, with the lack of inspiration starting to show quite dramatically. This special is no exception, but has just taken it to a whole new level.

'Let's drive sports cars through Argentina.' -Yes, let's do that. Wait, let's keep it interesting, we'll drive them through a bog! We'll be sure to get stuck then. Ah, hold on, another great idea... let's take them over rocks. -No, no, I have a better idea: boulders! Yes, let's drive them over boulders... And through a river, whilst we're at it.

Needless to say, where in previous years they could keep up the 'unscripted' illusion, this has now become a travesty. They end up in situations which are completely unbelievable, taking their cars through terrain even a decent 4x4 wouldn't be able to, but are always miraculously able to fix their cars with the flick of a pocketknife. No, it's not MacGyver you're watching, it's Top Gear.

And for what used to be the best bit of the show, the tongue-in-cheek humour. That has taken a turn for the worst. Most of the situation comedy isn't funny anymore, because you can see the gag coming a mile away. Everything they do, you've seen it before, but then better. It didn't stop them however from taking endless stabs at the Argentinians. Far beyond what could be called acceptable. It's vicious and it's xenophobic, and most of all, it isn't remotely funny.

The view is just a long drag to the end, and it bears the question, for how long can you fool your audience? Well, for a long time, judging by the ratings. Maybe it says a lot about that audience.

The real losers in this game are the Baftas, who were once foolish enough to nominate the show in the 'unscripted show' category, and the BBC management, who should never have let a programme of this xenophobic nature on air. They have a lot to answer for.


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