Review: Top Gear, BBC2

HAS the unthinkable happened?

Have Messrs Clarkson, Hammond and May actually grown up a bit?

The enfants terrible of the Beeb, who appear to be founder members of the Undiplomatic Corps, returned with a new series of Top Gear on Sunday night.

But has someone from ‘on high’ had a quiet word?

Or have the highly-paid trio finally realised that they can’t play at being teenage boys into middle age?

For instead of the juvenile pranks and the clever, clever remarks they almost served up an old-fashioned Top Gear — and the programme was better for it.

Sure they did all have ridiculously expensive toys to play with, driving three supercars around Italy.

But the whole tenor of the show appears to have changed.

Don’t get me wrong. I loved many of the earlier shows as they transformed the humble motoring programme into mass entertainment.

But last series, and that weary Christmas special to India in particular, it did appear as though even they had begun to despair at being asked to be outrageous for the sake of it and the show was becoming a parody of itself.

Let’s just hope this week’s first episode set the standards for what is to come.

No-one wants to snuff out the sparks of genius of which used to set Top Gear apart, it’s just we appreciate TV that doesn’t pander to the mentality of a 13-year-old.

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5:24pm Fri 3 Feb 12

sean_brfc says...

I kind of hope not, the Christmas special was hilarious.
I kind of hope not, the Christmas special was hilarious. sean_brfc
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6:04pm Fri 3 Feb 12

up_norf says...

Pathetic program, ought to be moved to CBBC channel !
Pathetic program, ought to be moved to CBBC channel ! up_norf
  • Score: -1

2:59am Sat 4 Feb 12

goz says...

One of the best programmes
on TV along with Shameless. Both pandering to this middle aged mans 13 year old side...... and why not ?
it is supposed to be entertaining or have i Misunderstood them ???? If you dont like it dont watch it .... simple really !!!
One of the best programmes on TV along with Shameless. Both pandering to this middle aged mans 13 year old side...... and why not ? it is supposed to be entertaining or have i Misunderstood them ???? If you dont like it dont watch it .... simple really !!! goz
  • Score: 1

1:52pm Sat 4 Feb 12

darwenTower says...

If I don't like it, I shouldn't have to pay for it. Simple really.

I saw the back end of this weeks episode, clarkson was clapping and bouncing in his chair at the sound of his brum brum going through a tunnel.

What a waste of my money.
If I don't like it, I shouldn't have to pay for it. Simple really. I saw the back end of this weeks episode, clarkson was clapping and bouncing in his chair at the sound of his brum brum going through a tunnel. What a waste of my money. darwenTower
  • Score: -1

2:34pm Sat 4 Feb 12

goz says...

darwenTower wrote:
If I don't like it, I shouldn't have to pay for it. Simple really.

I saw the back end of this weeks episode, clarkson was clapping and bouncing in his chair at the sound of his brum brum going through a tunnel.

What a waste of my money.
If you feel that way then stop paying the licence fee in protest. There are MANY bbc progs that I think are pathetic, I dont watch them but I dont mind paying my bit for others who will enjoy them..... simple really.
[quote][p][bold]darwenTower[/bold] wrote: If I don't like it, I shouldn't have to pay for it. Simple really. I saw the back end of this weeks episode, clarkson was clapping and bouncing in his chair at the sound of his brum brum going through a tunnel. What a waste of my money.[/p][/quote]If you feel that way then stop paying the licence fee in protest. There are MANY bbc progs that I think are pathetic, I dont watch them but I dont mind paying my bit for others who will enjoy them..... simple really. goz
  • Score: 1

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