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Top Gear Airship & Norwich Airport.

Old 30th Nov 2009, 07:14
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Top Gear Airship & Norwich Airport.

Sorry if this is in the wrong thread or if someone has beat me to it but...

Did anyone see Top Gear Last night and James May flying an airship in Norwich Airport controlled airspace as its peak hour.

It was obviously staged event because..
1. There was a BBC helicopter filmming the event.
2. The Police did not ask the airship to land and make an arrest.

For those who did not see it. (UK Viewers only, Sorry thats the BBC)

BBC iPlayer - Top Gear: Series 14: Episode 3
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Old 30th Nov 2009, 07:58
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Yes, frankly every 'spontaneous/jokey' event on Top Gear is clearly staged. Dunno whether it's because I'm turning into an old git, but I just don't find the programme funny any more. It's trying too hard to be laddish...
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Old 30th Nov 2009, 09:16
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I thought it was quite entertaining - but are there really few enough movements at Norwich Airport for TV crews to park airships there for the odd hour? And I hope my taxes weren't paying to fuel the police heli.....
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Old 30th Nov 2009, 09:47
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Yes, it was all a bit odd....the airship/caravan combo clearly departed from Cardington, James said he was going to Devon, then Kent, somehow arrived at NWI, and the site of his 'landing' was in fact not far from me in Cambridgeshire. The Norwich thing either must have been prearranged, or there were some mightily odd breezes blowing that day.

They did the same with the Germans when they pretended to arrive in Spitfires at the venue - that whole section was shot at Duxford, including the Astons.
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<<but are there really few enough movements at Norwich Airport for TV crews to park airships there for the odd hour?>>

Just check the on-line aircraft movements for Norwich and you'll see that it's hardly the busiest place in the known Universe.
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Yes, frankly every 'spontaneous/jokey' event on Top Gear is clearly staged. Dunno whether it's because I'm turning into an old git, but I just don't find the programme funny any more. It's trying too hard to be laddish...
So I assume you don't waste your time watching the program? At your age every moment must be too precious to waste....
I thought it was hilarious, clearly scripted but it would have to be for *obvious* safety reasons. The fact that the camera was set up to film Richard turning around in the little village at the roundabout is a bit of a clue....
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Old 30th Nov 2009, 11:19
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I totally Agree Skipness One Echo.

I thought it was hilarious
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Old 30th Nov 2009, 12:39
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I totally Agree Skipness One Echo.
Seconded!

Top Gear isn't for everyone - it's an entertainment show nowadays rather than factual. However it's still BBC Two's biggest show, with somewhere in the region of 7 million viewers, so they must be doing something right!
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Old 30th Nov 2009, 14:59
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Ditto, agree with last two posters.

Top Gear is light entertainment, the cars are secondary now. William Woollard must be burning his sheepskin as I type!
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Old 30th Nov 2009, 17:45
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This gives it away a bit

Top Gear stunt goes to ground at Stratton Strawless - Norfolk Video News - EDP24

especially at the bottom.
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Old 30th Nov 2009, 18:37
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OK bit laddish, somewhat over the top but c'mon, it was well staged, nobody was in any danger of being hurt and it was very funny !

...I wish to God TG was on Christmas Day OR just leave the schedules alone, they cannot be any worse than the dross we put up with nowadays !
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Old 1st Dec 2009, 19:26
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All very carefully planned, meeting after meeting weeks in advance.
If you think James is a scruffy bugger on TV, you should see him at 0530am! Worzel Gummage has nothing on him.

A great deal of organisation went into it and I believe that the Top Gear production company paid a hefty price for the privilage of filming with us.

It was all very professionally executed and they were a pleasure to work with, the whole morning was great fun, it's just a shame that they couldn't show more of what actually happened.

The Airship started and finished it's flight at Norwich, the R/T was for real albeit done on a discreet frequency - no voice overs!

The Stratton Strawless filming took place after they'd deflated the airship, gone by road and reinflated it there, some clever aerial shots made it appear that the airship flew over and near to the caravan site but in fact it wasn't anywhere near it.
Mr May was at the controls at all time - sort of .

A great day.
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Great episode!

But what was that plane next to the KLM & who owned it?

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Old 2nd Dec 2009, 11:47
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Looked like a Turkish or Israeli 757 to me?

Sun D'Or Airlines, Arkia Airlines or something like that maybe?
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Old 2nd Dec 2009, 12:10
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Its a Gold and Blue 757 with what looks like YAK near the Tailfin.
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