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James May's 20th Century - 10/7/2007 12:18:40 PM   
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Familiar ground for Top Gear presenters; May presents a series about inventions and technology from the past century (ish). Should be good, he's an excellent presenter (I particularly liked his childhood toys programme) even when distanced from his more high profile colleagues.

Tuesdays, BBC2, 8:00pm. Two episodes each half and hour. I know Sway'll be watching too.


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RE: James May's 20th Century - 10/7/2007 1:12:55 PM   
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Yeah, this looks good. I like May as a presenter, and am sure he'll get rather enthusiastic about the inventions.

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RE: James May's 20th Century - 10/7/2007 4:48:19 PM   
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Yeah count me in. Was going to watch Letters From Iwo Jima but i'll eat dinner to this and save the war film for later.

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RE: James May's 20th Century - 10/7/2007 9:52:56 PM   
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Both episodes were really enjoyable stuff - May's not as "in yer face" as his Top Gear colleagues and lends a genuine enthusiasm to the inventions he was presenting. The second show on the Space race was simple stuff, but made very watchable. I'll be watching future episodes for sure

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RE: James May's 20th Century - 11/7/2007 12:31:19 AM   
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I went out and missed it.  

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RE: James May's 20th Century - 11/7/2007 9:38:32 AM   
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Awww. I can, and I'm sure James can too.

I think Dave summed it up quite nicely. Nothing ground breaking, but thoroughly enjoyable. Clarkson sometimes (alright: often) gets carried away with hyperbole, but here May just let things speak for themselves.

I think my favourite bits were when he was speaking to NASA chap who said he'd go into space now even if he knew there was no coming back, and the raised eyebrow when James was talking about the lack of wind on the moon and way it blew the flag.  

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RE: James May's 20th Century - 11/7/2007 3:37:55 PM   
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Yeah it was really good May is a good presenter and he made it fun to watch More Please

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RE: James May's 20th Century - 12/7/2007 3:44:52 PM   
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The panic on the scientists face every time that May went to touch part of the part-assembled satellites was priceless!

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RE: James May's 20th Century - 17/7/2007 9:43:14 PM   
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Wooohoo, I caught tonight's two episodes of it.

Particularly enjoyed the 2nd one, because of the tanks, ships, fighter planes, and general all round military theme.  Oh and because of James of course.

My brother phoned me during the break and told me he was away round to the shop to get a pie as May had made him hungry for one!

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RE: James May's 20th Century - 17/7/2007 9:48:24 PM   
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May's clearly better than Clarkson as at least he didn't throw up in the backseat of a fighter.



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RE: James May's 20th Century - 17/7/2007 9:50:53 PM   
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I caught this double episoder tonight as well and found it fascinating.  Even the blokey stuff about the military.  Laughed at his expressions in the Euro Fighter "I've left my bowels on the runway"


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RE: James May's 20th Century - 17/7/2007 9:51:46 PM   
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May's clearly better than Clarkson as at least he didn't throw up in the backseat of a fighter.




Haha, good point! I'm sure even Gordon Ramsay chucked up when he was in one didn't he? I hope I've not just made that up.

But yes, I hope May rubs it in Clarkson's face.... That Captain Slow can take the high G's and retain his guts.



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RE: James May's 20th Century - 17/7/2007 9:53:10 PM   
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What the line the fighter pilot ("Godders!" - me old mucker ) had about the climb rate of the Typhoon? Something about a fallen angel?

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RE: James May's 20th Century - 17/7/2007 11:30:43 PM   
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Argh can't remember now, I know exactly what you mean though.

Wasn't it something about a drunk or misguided angel trying to find it's way home? Good god, that'll frustrate the hell out of me now. I can't remember!

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