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Top Gear is back: has it found its Clarkson, Hammond and May 2.0?

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Top Gear is back: has it found its Clarkson, Hammond and May 2.0?

by Tara Conlan

 

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The new Top Gear presenting team, from left, Andrew Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris. Photograph: Ashley Knotek/Rex/Shutterstock

 

In the race between Top Gear and its Amazon rival The Grand Tour, the BBC show has shifted up a gear judging by the audience reaction to the first studio recording with new lineup Paddy McGuinness, Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff and Chris Harris.

 

Since the departure of first Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in 2015, then their replacements Chris Evans, Matt Le Blanc and Rory Reid, the veteran car show has hit the headlines for the wrong reasons.

 

With over 350 million viewers worldwide, Top Gear is one of the BBC’s key brands, generating millions of pounds from merchandising and sales for its commercial wing BBC Studios – so this latest retooling is vital to the success of the future of the corporation as it faces cuts and the threat from US giants such as Netflix.

 

With the success of the corporation’s golden goose resting on their shoulders, it was no wonder the first recording was “a big deal to us”, as Take Me Out host McGuinness told the audience at the Top Gear studio in an airfield in Surrey.

 

Full Story: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/may/23/top-gears-paddy-mcguinness-andrew-flintoff-chris-harris

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I'm open minded until I see it... 

 

The Previous incarnation of Top Gear Became a bit tiresome... watch it in the wrong mood and it was just juvenile pish.. watch it when in a chilled and totally relaxed mood and it could be mildly amusing...  the earlier seasons were much funnier, when it was more natural. 

 

I hope the new series won't be too contrived with scripted bickering etc and the producers allow the guys to just be themselves... this is where the chemistry will come in, and this is what will keep people coming back to the show. 

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Top gear since Clarkson/May/Hammond  left is like making a coffee and you have ran out of Milk.

You can drink it but its never the same.

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16 hours ago, Mavideol said:

maybe these guys are good but for me the originals are & will be always the best... May's & Clarkson  sense of humor and interaction can't be duplicated

You mean these originals?:

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The Beeb should just suck it up and bring the original Gruesome Threesome back. They were funny and pathetic and funny again.

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16 hours ago, richard_smith237 said:

I'm open minded until I see it... 

 

The Previous incarnation of Top Gear Became a bit tiresome... watch it in the wrong mood and it was just juvenile pish.. watch it when in a chilled and totally relaxed mood and it could be mildly amusing...  the earlier seasons were much funnier, when it was more natural. 

 

I hope the new series won't be too contrived with scripted bickering etc and the producers allow the guys to just be themselves... this is where the chemistry will come in, and this is what will keep people coming back to the show. 

Small chance of that. Auntie has gone completely OTT PC, and nothing real is permitted.

In our brave new world, it is even permitted for characters based on real historical people to change their skin colour, as the recent film Mary Queen of Scots proves.

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To be politically correct they need something like this trio. Make sure at least one of them is not hetero.

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