Apparently Steve Coogan is a huge fan of Top Gear. I’m told by many that, whatever you think of the presenters’ contributions to xenophobia and misogyny, you have to admit that the show is funny and entertaining.
Not really. It looks like something the academically challenged boys at the bottom of the class might put together instead of studying for their GCSEs. At best, the work of three frustrated middle-management blokes in the pub after work. And I guess that sort of thing can be genuinely funny and entertaining when friends perform it live in the pub or playground. But pub banter loses something in the transfer to prime-time general-audience light entertainment television. I can go to the pub for real live pub banter, I don’t need a team of professional script writers and presenters to deliver it. A team of professionals should have something better to do.
I don’t say this because I hate Jeremy Clarkson’s outrageous politically incorrect opinions which he has for money, or because I’m on the wrong side in The War On The Motorist. I say it for the same reasons I would say that Michael McIntyre and My Family shouldn’t be on the television. It’s not television quality material.