Great news – as I write this, I’m preparing for our first pre-production meeting for TopGear Australia, Series 4. Anyone close to or involved in media will know how difficult it is to attract and maintain an audience, so it’s really heartening that Nine has again taken up the challenge of making a localised interpretation of this great TV brand.
And for that, I thank you all. Whether you loved Series 3, hated it or felt not much at all, the fact you tuned in has given us another opportunity to take those learnings and do better next time.
Which I know we will. Making television is little different to anything else: the more often you do it, the better you get. Series 3 was, I believe, a significant step over the first two. From story ideas to script to on-screen performance, I know we’ll take another leap with Series 4.
I feel we’re on course to make something comfortably Australian; a show many people can enjoy and feel accurately represents this nation and our car culture. Okay, not every blog respondent on here is as enthusiastic as I am, and that’s fine, but knowing what I know about some of the early plans for 2011 makes me really upbeat about where we’re headed.
And before you ask, I can’t tell you when it will go to air, what night of the week, how many episodes or what time. But you will be watching Shane, Steve and me again, and there will be Australian (and possibly world) firsts.
Yep, that’s a big promise – but I wouldn’t make it if I didn’t have insight.
So with the 2010 drawing to a close, I say again: thanks. Here are the visual highlights of Series 3 to enjoy once more…