Bottom Gear

Top GearI was on my blogging sabbatical when Jeremy Clarkson was sacked from Top Gear last year for throwing that punch he threw that left Oisin Tymon needing a trip to the local A&E department in his reasonably priced car.

And I was pretty cross. I know Clarkson isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I quite enjoy his journalism, even if I don’t necessarily agree with his politics.

Yes, his tantrum over the absence of a hot meal after a day’s filming was prima donna-ish and probably uncalled for, but then this is television, and BBC tv to boot, so aren’t they all a bunch of drama queens?

Of course, it was manna for all those who hate Clarkson – the environmentalists, right-ons and caravanists – and a wonderful opportunity to get him and his petrol burning cronies kicked off the telly once and for all. And the BBC, at its po-faced worst, duly obliged.

I’m guessing what they really wanted was an end to Top Gear polluting our Sunday night entertainment and replaced with something more intellectually stimulating, maybe more documentaries about how we are wrecking the planet, or yet another cookery programme, this one heavy on the lentils, or perhaps Zen and the Art of Cycling. But the BBC is a cunning beast – they may have thrown out the baby, but they are more than happy to recycle the bath water.

New Top GearSo Top Gear is to return and today we hear that Matt LeBlanc is to co-present the new look show alongside Chris Evans and The Stig and this has left me in a bit of a quandary. I had determined not to watch because that’ll show the BBC that my viewing affections are not to be trifled with, but I actually quite like LeBlanc.

I got to know him quite well in the noughties as Joey in Friends, not by choice I should add, but because the show seemed to be on endlessly when Miss P was at home. Then he turned up in the BBC comedy, Episodes, which was also pretty good, so had this been an entirely new programme I would probably have been watching. But I won’t.

I still think that the BBC were wrong to sack Clarkson & Co and so threaten both my viewing pleasure and their own worldwide syndication coffers and though I may be cutting off my nose to spite my face, I have resolved to skip the new look Top Gear. Especially as it seems that Evans can’t drive and talk at the same time.

Plus I now have my Amazon Fire gizmo and so will have the original and still the greatest to watch instead.

It’s also an excuse to catch up with some video from previous episodes, this being Rescuing Richard From Lone Wolf Mountain from series 22.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

6 comments… Add yours
  • Mosh 5th February 2016

    I have *every episode* of Top Gear ripped and available for constant re-watching. I’m not going to bother with the BBC’s next series. Can’t stand Evans, and I just don’t see where the chemistry is going to come from with him, LeBlanc and the German lady (who I think is the one who hooned the Transit van round the Nurburgring?)

    It looks like a complete dog’s dinner. I’ll await Amazon’s version.

    • Mr Parrot 6th February 2016

      Ah Sabine – now you’ve given me another temptation to watch the ‘new’ Top Gear 🙂

  • Yorkshire Pudding 5th February 2016

    Clarkson had had various warnings before he punched the fellow employee. If I had punched a colleague during my illustrious career I would have expected the sack. I despised the whole concept of “Top Gear” and never watched it – grinning boys playing with Dinky cars. Clarkson has brought shame upon Yorkshire and should be banished to Lancashire FOREVER!

    • Mr Parrot 6th February 2016

      I understand the parochial Yorkshire thing, him being from Doncaster etc, and then he had the nerve to abandon it all for a house in bloody Chipping Norton – with David Cameron as a neighbour to make things worse.

      But I thought you might rise above such petty insults and appreciate Clarkson for the visionary and poet that in your heart you know him to be.

  • Mosh 7th February 2016

    Or you could just watch the old episodes with her in it and avoid having to put up with Chris “I’ll buy that radio station and ruin it for a vanity project” Evans.


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