The classic car show has undergone many changes but some fans are not satisfied with the latest version
By Patrick McLennan
Top Gear has returned again, with lineup from Paddy McGuinness, Andrew « Freddie » Flintoff and Chris Harris, to mixed reviews from viewers, as the show premiered on BBC One
Some viewers complained that the Top Gear trio’s behavior was childish, while others greeted it with open arms
« Screaming at karaoke! » Brilliant start to the new series, ”a fan tweeted, responding to their musical interlude at a Bolton gas station, as they took part in a 24-hour company car test.
His point of view was not universally shared Many complained that producers had to tell presenters to ‘ride the stupid one’
Also, did the producers of #TopGear tell the presenters to denounce the stupid because that would give them views because it’s crap so far ????
Another complained: « I was really looking forward to TG but the stupid childish behavior is just beyond words »
I was really looking forward to TG but the silly childish behavior is just beyond words #TopGear
To be fair, Top Gear featured an extended riff in which Flintoff got wet while competing in the 24 Hour Challenge, then gave viewers a full display of his back as he climbed through the window to ‘a car
While much of the episode was filmed before the COVID-19 lockdown, the presenter inserts, normally filmed in a hangar, were shot outside with a drive-in audience, a decision that was approved by many viewers
« Top Gear works great with outdoor decor, please never go back to a studio again! » posted a fan
This was the 29th season of Top Gear, a show made famous on BBC Two by the trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, who roamed the Amazon to make a rival, The Grand Tour, in 2015 Top Gear was then co-presented by Chris Evans and Friends star Matt LeBlanc for one season in 2016, followed by LeBlanc as solo host in 2017-18, before the current trio took over.
Top Gear will return to BBC One with the second episode of the five-part season on Sunday, October 11
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