Top Gear (TV Series)

Hello and hi. Top Gear is a British TV series about motor vehicles-primarily cars and is the most widely watched factual TV programme in the world. It all began in 1977 as a conventional motoring magazine programme, but over time, and especially since a re-launch in 2002, it has developed a quirky, funny and sometimes controversial style. Truth be told, I am probably the only one in the UK who does not watch this show. I know plenty about cars (for a girl) and can even change a tire, but when Top Gear comes on I change the channel (and reach for a piece a cake).

In brief, TG has received wide acclaim for its visual style and presentation as well as criticism for its content and often the politically incorrect commentary made by its presenters: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. However, Jeremy Clarkson is no longer on the show-he had received a few warnings for his bad behaviour and last year he actually punched one of his producers after calling him “a lazy Irish” and threatened to get him sacked/fired. Terribly rude if you ask me.  Well hello, Employment Tribunal. Anyway, the BBC had no choice to let him go on his merry way and subsequently fired him. Yeah. As for me, I met Jeremy Clarkson a few months ago-I found him haughty and insufferable and that is me being nice. Here he is pictured below. Uggh.

In addition, the “Stig” often appears on Top Gear-and who is the “Stig”? Well, we don’ really know his exact identity, but he is an anonymous test driver and has been played by numerous professional racing drivers. Here is the “Stig”…

So anyway, the new series of TG has started with a few new faces to include Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc from “Friends.” The re-launch had Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc driving Reliant three-wheelers from London to Blackpool and actor Jesse Eisenberg and Chef Gordon Ramsey tackling the Top Gear track. The TV  critics seemed mildly impressed with their antics. This is what they said:

Sam Wollaston from The Guardian said:

“It’s not a disaster. It’s polished, the stunts (so many of them!) are fun, the tweaks are improvements. But it is a shame there wasn’t more in the way of refreshing the show itself. It’s just new people doing same old same old.”

Sean O’Grady from The Independent said:

“It is all pointless, hackneyed and tired. Yes, I realise that is like Top Gear always has been, but what spark of originality there once was is now missing. They don’t seem to be having as much fun playing with cars, this new lot.”

Andrew Billen from The Times said:

“It deserves to prosper because boys need shows about cars, and Evans and LeBlanc pummelled the patient’s chest vigorously. It not only sat up in bed but sprinted round the rescue ward. It just didn’t look right.”

Wait. Hold up. Do these newspapers even have female journalists? Good grief. But for the most part, the male reviewers seemed to like it.

Pictured below is Matt LeBlanc.

Matt LeBlanc

And that is all SHE wrote.






  1. Laura (PA Pict) · May 30, 2016

    I despise Top Gear and everything it represents. There’s a difference between being irreverent and being offensive and TG (at least the few times I caught a bit of it) was on the wrong side of that line. It’s also horribly laddish. My Dad used to watch it back in the day when it was all about the cars (and then I just found it dull) but as soon as it became about being blokey knobs who think they can say anything they like on TV he quit watching.

    • samdfb1 · May 31, 2016

      It really is bad. I can’t believe people still watch. Yeah for your Dad for boycotting it early on. I heard that while they were filming for the recent series they were racing around the Cenotaph and St. Paul’s-even the Chancellor heard them (and tweeted) as he was writing a speech. Terribly disrespectful. Terribly laddish as you’ve said. Uggh.

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