Happily coinciding with the first episode in the new series of James May’s Toy Stories, which airs next Tuesday at 8pm on BBC2, the interview sees Captain Slow discussing – with trademark thoughtfulness – subjects as diverse as Meccano, Bach and being ‘a one-buttock kind of bloke’.
“Blokiness, in the last 20 years, has come to mean a sort of supposedly endearing hopelessness,” says James, “and I think blokes are doing themselves a bit of a disservice. Because I think the point of being a man is that you’re supposed to be dependable and you should be able to have a go at anything. And that includes things we have now decided are on the girly side, like cooking or reading the poetry of WB Yeats.”
From the confines of his now-demolished Lego house, James also discusses his little-known part-time job: presenting a specialist interest show called ‘Top Gear’.
“People have got this idea that we live in a big house together, with half of it burnt down and a lot of cars on the drive,” James explains. “It isn’t quite like that. We have a good time, but I wouldn’t want to be stuck on a desert island with them [Jeremy and Richard].”
And the ‘one-buttock kind of bloke’ comment? You’ll have to buy a copy of Radio Times to find out. Unless you live outside the UK, in which case it shall remain a mystery for all eternity, like how planes stay in the air or why the Stig has an Albanian passport. Sorry.