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Is Top Gear nearing the end of the road?

BBC motoring favourite Top Gear could finally be running out of steam - with fears that viewers have got bored of the antics of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and the mysterious Stig...
Cult BBC motoring show Top Gear looks to be nearing the end of the road, it appears – with current series ratings hitting an all-time low, and criticism that the programme and its colourful presenting trio have become too predictable and 'disappeared up their a*ses'.

Two years ago, viewing figures were at a high of eight million, but the latest series – the 14th in the show's history – has seen that plummet to just 5.5 million, and executive producer Andy Wilman has hinted that the end might now sadly be nigh.

Wilman is credited with having transformed Top Gear from a niche-orientated, motoring enthusiasts' favourite to a popular family entertainment show all around the globe – but he now warns that the novelty of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and the enigmatic 'Stig' might be irreversibly wearing off.

“There is a grumble and a rumble in the air from some of our regulars that we have lost the plot, we've disappeared up our a*ses and we're predictable,” he is quoted as having said by Yahoo.

“It's fair to say that this incarnation of Top Gear is nearer the end than the beginning, and our job is to land this plane with its dignity still intact – but that doesn't mean we won't be trying new things to the last, even if they screw up, because it means you never stopped trying.”

Of late, an increasing number of F1 drivers have appeared on the programme, with British world champions Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Damon Hill and Nigel Mansell all taking part in the 'Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car' time trial feature, and Michael Schumacher famously unveiling himself as The Stig in what was described as one of the publicity stunts of the year.


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M - Unregistered

December 24, 2009 10:24 AM

Remember how ministers rushed to condemn Top Gear when Richard Hammond had his crash. They vilified Top Gear, calling it irresponsible, dangerous, blah blah blah. They wanted it removed from television for these reasons, but the real reason they are determined to have Top Gear axed is because they tell people the truth about what is going on. This country needs people like Jeremy Clarkson who tell it like it is and refuse to accept the nonsense the people of this country have forced on them. I love it when Clarkson says something "politically incorrect". We should have the right to say whatever we want and Clarkson exercises that right. Top gear pushes the enforced broadcasting boundaries

Jon

December 24, 2009 9:50 AM

I agree with all these comments. They must think the viewers are all idiots and we can't see through their 'amazing challenges'. Doesn't matter if it's a Bugatti Veyron or a Ford Ka racing through Europe, it'll only ever go as fast as the diesel Transit vans following it with the camera! I used to love Top Gear and some features I've really enjoyed, but like most other people I'm sick of the over rehearsed rubbish we keep seeing. I don't think it should be scrapped, but it does need to go back to basics. And what about some motorbikes on there? Hammond and May both ride, where's the harm in letting the Stig (I recommend James Haydon)take an R1 around the test track?



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