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BBC AMERICA GREENLIGHTS NEW ORIGINAL SERIES TOP GEAR AMERICA

BBC AMERICA announced today the greenlight of Top Gear America. With a nod to its U.K. roots, the reimagined U.S. spinoff of Top Gear will appear on BBCA with three new presenters in eight hour-long episodes starting later this year.  The series will be hosted by racing enthusiast and veteran film and television actor William Fichtner, world champion drag racer Antron Brown, and premier British automotive journalist Tom “Wookie” Ford. Season 24 of Top Gear is currently airing on BBCA on Sunday nights.

Sarah Barnett, President of BBCA, commented: “We are big fans of the mix of cars, credibility and charisma that adds up to the winning formula for Top Gear, and couldn’t be happier that BBCA is now the home for the franchise in the US, with Top Gear America joining the original show on our network. Bill, Antron and Wookie are serious gear heads who never take themselves too seriously.  It will be quite the trip.”

Each week will feature a different celebrity who will compete for top honor on the leader board at the new Top Gear studio and track, Speed Vegas. Of course the one and only The Stig, Top Gear’s mysterious test driver, will be leaving everyone in his petrol-hazed wake.

June 10 2017 7:00 AM

Here we go again. Poldark is back, and even if you’re not a fan of the series you will know that this means Aidan Turner oozing rugged manliness on our TV screens all summer long.

The Dublin actor is what the young call ‘A Ride’, and his Cornish hero Ross Poldark is manly in the way that men were manly before hair gel, paternity leave and yoga.

Watching him gallop along a clifftop (in all weathers), brood at polite parties, and generally behave like the man least likely to see the point of couples therapy, just does it - shamingly enough - for 21st-century womenfolk. Unfortunately for Turner, this means that he is, until further notice, carrier of the 'Real Man’ torch, and he doesn’t much like it.

He denies deserving the title and has even - who can blame him - tried to shift the focus on to his dad, describing him in a recent interview as the genuine article: “a real man” who can “fix a vintage car, do plumbing, lay flooring”.

Point taken. But being a DIY whizz is the least of being a real man in 2017.

Here are 10 attributes that make a bloke, in our eyes, Just Poldark Enough:

1. Not fussing about your hair

It is hard to strike the balance between caring and preening peacock, but a manly man is never that interested in his hair (see Poldark’s salty-dog do). Note: the Boris Johnson hair thing is something different.

2.  Not having three kinds of waxed Barbour jacket

There’s nothing wrong with being prepared but owning the just-so perfect outfit for every situation is a bit Meghan Markle and not that manly (see Poldark, who only has one coat).

3. Not being easily intimidated

By spiders. By waiters. By the bloke at the party who thinks he’s smarter/richer than you.

4.  Entry-level DIY

Never mind tinkering with the car at the weekends (sounds a bit Top Gear to us) but being capable of basic crisis response in the home, like sorting out the beeping smoke alarm without taking a hammer to it.

5. Being good with children

Although Poldark’s son Jeremy mysteriously vanishes for large stretches of time, it only takes a quick glimpse of Ross cradling a tiny baby in his muscular arms for viewers to melt. The manliest men are terrific with babies and are doting dads; we have known that for a long time (see that Athena poster, and Poldark).

6. Being a good driver

In the absence of a horse to gallop along the cliffs. Reversing with an arm slung over the passenger seat is particularly manly.

7. Dog confidence

Dogs that run rings around their owners are not the dogs of manly men. (If Poldark had a dog you know he’d be a firm but fair master and inspire panting devotion - his interactions with Demelza’s dog Garrick are enough to make us swoon.)

8. Not being faddy about food

A manly man does not need to live on pies and ale. But making your own chia milk - tiny bit unmanly.

9.  Not indulging in white-knuckle handshakes, in the style of POTUS

This is textbook overcompensation and the opposite of manly.

10. Respecting women

(Poldark’s record on this is, admittedly, patchy, but it is the number one sign of manliness now.)

We’re not interested otherwise - full manly package regardless.

The many moods of a successful marriage

Given his erratic mood swings and infidelity (not to mention that controversial sex scene), Ross Poldark doesn’t immediately strike us as an ideal husband. But according to writer Debbie Horsfield, who adapated Winston Graham’s Cornwall-set saga for the BBC, the hit drama is supposed to offer a guide to a “successful marriage”.

In the series, Aidan Turner’s Poldark hires his maid, Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson), after defending her in a street brawl. The pair fall in love and get married, but their relationship is marred by Poldark’s obsession with his first love, Elizabeth (Heida Reed), and Demelza’s trauma following the death of her newborn daughter, Julia. Horsfield said: “I always bear in mind the advice Andrew Graham (son of Winston) gave me, which was that his father intended the Poldark saga to be a portrait of a successful marriage.

“By successful he didn’t mean perfect or idyllic, but real … by series three, the fact that they’re still together at all demonstrates staying power.”

So what can Poldark teach us about relationships?

First impressions don’t count

When Ross meets Demelza, she is a street urchin, but once she’s deloused and working in his home, the pair fall in love. On second thought, this may only apply if you’re as ravishing as Eleanor Tomlinson…

The power of delayed gratification

The flirtation between Truro’s resident Hot Doctor Dwight Enys and Lady Caroline Penvenen was drawn out over several weeks before the two managed a rendezvous. By contrast, his hasty affair with a married woman in season one ended up getting her killed. Best not to rush these things.

Don’t bury your feelings

Admittedly, a relationship has its ups and downs, so we’ll mark Poldark’s one-night-stand with Elizabeth plainly a ‘down’. But he and Demelza are trying to make things work — likely thanks to Demelza’s whopping ‘Poldark punch’ after she caught him sneaking home at dawn. If you’ve just learned your husband is cheating on you, as well as squandering your money on a doomed mining enterprise and neglecting your marriage, there’s no time to waste bottling up your emotions, so let it all out.

Don’t let social differences be a barrier to love

This is a big one — Poldark rejects ‘respectable society’ by marrying the lowly Demelza, Caroline ignores her aristocratic father’s wishes to date Enys, and Poldark’s cousin Verity elopes with Captain Andrew Blamey, whose temper caused the accidental death of his first wife. It might seem unwise to disregard the advice of your family in the blind pursuit of love, but such is not the case in the Poldark universe.

Scythe your way to marital bliss

Who can forget the moment in season one when a shirtless Poldark scythed his way into Demelza’s, and the nation’s, heart? Men of Ireland, it may be time to ditch the lawnmower and pick up a scythe of your own. Patience may be required as you learn to handle the tool, but you’ll soon reap the benefits.

– Meadhbh McGrath

Irish Independent

Oh, the Barbour shade😂

520bhp Audi A3 meets the Ur Quattro

As days go, today was a good one. Right up to the first braking zone, at least.

Alone in an original Audi Quattro from 1980, the problem dawned on me just a little too late, going a little too fast. Alone in an original Audi Quattro from 1980 meant using brakes from an original Audi Quattro from 1980. There was very little run off into some concrete. Brakes were applied. Little happened. Thoughts quickly degenerated from ‘wow, today is excellent,’ to ‘wow, I wonder how they’ll identify me when I’ve been smeared across a wall’.

Thankfully, whatever cosmic forces are at work upstairs appeared to be in a good mood, and enough speed was scrubbed from the Audi to turn into the hairpin - tyres squealing - without understeering out of shot and into concrete. Phew. Embarassing phonecall to Audi AG avoided, I pulled over to take stock.

It’s a blinder, this original Quattro. Built in 1980 as a showpiece, it’s a snapshot of a company on the cusp of building a legacy as a technological innovator. And it all spawned from a German military-spec off-roader, the 4WD VW Iltis. Audi chassis engineer at the time, Jörg Bensinger, clearly had a Top Gear moment: why not use such a four-wheel-drive system in a road-going car? [x]

CONFIRMED: Top Gear UK and US premiere dates for Series 22 are set:

-Sunday, 25 January at 8pm on BBC Two

-Monday, January 26th at 8:30pm on bbcamerica

For the first time, US fans of Top Gear can watch the new episodes ONE DAY after they premiere in the UK.

Get a preview of Series 22 this Sunday, 18 January at 9pm GMT with “An Evening with Top Gear” with Jeremy, James and Richard.

TOTALLY BADASS || a top gear us biker gang au fanmix

There are whispers about the newest biker gang to hit the mean streets. Things like, “what the hell are they wearing?” and, “fucking dorks.”

In which Tanner is the new guy who’s sure this is the biggest mistake he’s ever made. Adam is the weird guy who never seems to be on his bike but is a part of the gang anyway. And Rut is their leader who wanders off sometimes saying something about getting closer to his “native american roots.”

1. Highway To Hell - AC/DC // 2. Judas - Lady Gaga // 3. Another One Bites The Dust - Queen // 4. Teeth - Lady Gaga // 5. Can’t Be Tamed - Miley Cyrus // 6. Walk This Way - Areosmith // 7. Blackstar - Celldweller // 8. You’re Gonna Go Far Kid - The Offspring // 9. Run Devil Run - Ke$ha

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