Top Gear is a long-running motoring programme from the BBC. Starting in 1977 as a regional programme for the English Midlands it grew to a national programme expanding from a half-hour slot to a full hour. After a period of decline it was cancelled in 2001.
Then, in 2002, came new, improved Top Gear. One of the latter presenters, Jeremy Clarkson was brought back, with two new people, Jason Dawe and Richard Hammond.
The crux of the popularity of current Top Gear is the relationship triangle of the three presenters. Clarkson is the overgrown, schoolboy, attempted authority figure that stamps his authority and says “POWER” a lot;
Tonight’s episode included a test for all the caravan lovers/haters. Using the caravanners’ friend, an old Volvo estate,
The star in the reasonably-priced car was Stephen Fry, who turned out to be a big car fan and lover of technology. His ambition was to beat fellow QI stalwart Allan Davies. The idea is to do a lap of a made-up racetrack in a Suzuki Liana, having been coached by the tame racing driver, named The Stig. Fry managed to match Davies’s time exactly.
More seriously the presenters took a look at the BMW ‘M’ series, starting with the original M1, a sports saloon built for racing but out of time for its market. However, it spawned the classic M3 and M5 cars, which exist to this day.
Always fun to watch it is interesting to see old Top Gears and see that even an old one is great television.