Giveaway Day Seven, Part One: Top Gear and Look Around You

Jeremy Clarkson

TSJ has always believed in the power of giveaways–and in our kickass readers the past few months. As our way of giving back for the holidays, we’re rolling out our biggest giveaways yet with our 12 Days of Giveaways free shit blowout. Every weekday for the next few weeks, we’ll be giving away everything from DVDs and books to gadgets and furniture for you to stuff your own stocking. Keep your eye out for the daily post to see how you can win hundreds of dollars worth of freebies.

Time and time again, U.S. TV execs have attempted to grab hold of a hit BBC series and “rework” it for American audiences—aka remove the funny accents, as well as all signs of actual humor. And with the exception of The Office—just the first few seasons, mind you—pretty much all of these American reincarnations have tanked miserably. All of this in mind, it’s pretty laughable that networks tried to capitalize on the BBC’s mindblowingly popular Top Gear by creating a U.S. version first for the History Channel (boom! failure), then for NBC (boom! never happened) and then back again for the History Channel (boo–well, not awful, but not good enough for original Top Gear fans).

Without getting into our whole schpiel as to why an Americanized Top Gear simply can’t work—car sponsors and advertisers would take the show the fuck over, eliminating any kind of credible reviews, for starters—it’s not tough to understand why the BBC’s Top Gear is some of the best not only auto television to hit the screen, but also just damn good entertaining programming. Exhibit A: a bunch of European (yet very well respected, we should say) codgers racing sports cars in the middle of a frozen tundra, ripping off each other’s roofs and shouting insults like “cheese-eating sideways monkeys”:

Along the same lines, though MTV’s Wonder Showzen series hilariously took the idea of a kids show and jizzed all over it, the BBC managed to do it one better with Look Around You, a completely absurd retooling of 1970s and 1980s educational programs. Sure, it’s not nearly as disgusting as Wonder Showzen was, but that’s the point: It’s still way funnier.

Take this episode, “Maths”:

Fortunately for you, we chose not to stash these away in our stockings without telling anyone and honorably hand them over to one lucky reader. Read on to see how you can win copies of Top Gear 13 and Look Around You on DVD.


In the comments below, send us a link to either A) the best Top Gear fumble, crash, spinout or wipeout ever, or B) the most fucked up educational video that deserves the Look Around You treatment.

The commenter with the most entertaining video wins copies of Top Gear 13 and Look Around You, season one, on DVD.

Giveaway closes Wednesday, Dec. 15.

Be sure to provide a legit e-mail address when you comment so we can contact you.

Sorry, U.S. contestants only.

We’re more than halfway through the 12 Days of Giveaways, so you bet your ass we have more giveaways coming today—two, to be exact. Later: gadgets and another covetable, yet potent, TV season on DVD.

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