Series 15 episode 4 preview: “a bit silly”

You may be a bit shocked by what I’m about to say but I think it needs saying: sometimes, just sometimes, Top Gear is a bit silly.

We don’t tell you about boot space, we rarely mention miles per gallon, Jeremy insists on referring to ‘torques’. We are not, in other words, a searing hotbed of consumer journalism.

On the other hand, if you want to be entertained, we like to think that sometimes we come up trumps. Some viewers are very accepting of that. Others get a bit cross and want to know why they hell we haven’t road tested the new Astra yet.

If you’re in the latter camp, you probably won’t like this Sunday’s show much. Well, you might enjoy the first bit in which Jeremy drives the Audi R8 V10 Spyder and Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet. But even that gets a bit silly towards the end.

The news is even more silly. It has a story in it that concerns – and I swear I’m not making this up – a car for the blind. Because sometimes the whole world can seem as silly as Top Gear.

Then we’re into the real meat of this silly sandwich as Jeremy, Richard and James are challenged to build compact and cool motorhomes for a camping holiday in the West Country.

If you don’t like silly, you probably ought to turn off. If you love the three presenters at their bantering, bickering, blithering best then this is one of the funniest things we’ve done in ages. It’s very silly but we hope it’s also slightly entertaining.

Oh, and we’ve got Hollywood actor Andy Garcia in the Reasonably Priced Car. He’s not silly as such, but he has got a rather silly moustache.

Personally, I think this is the show of the series so far. But then I am quite silly.

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