Last week’s Top Gear veered dangerously close to Grand Tour territory in the ‘fake and silly films’ brigade, but how did the BBC Two motoring show fare this week?
Well, one of the most anticipated cars in recent memory was on show, while they may have also discovered the next best activity for all future stag dos in the form of a Pacman game with cars.
1. The actual car review bit – the Bugatti Chiron
As usual, Top Gear likes to start off with what could be considered the ‘boring’ bit. The bit where they actually properly review a car. But unlike the days when Clarkson and co would muck about and unleash as many sarcy metaphors as possible, Chris Harris actually attempts to provide a genuine review.
And this week, we have the Bugatti Chiron. Even those who aren’t all that into their cars will have to stand up and take notice, as it’s the follow-up to the stupidly quick and slick Bugatti Veyron. And unlike the days of Chris Evans, you didn’t feel too jealous that it was Chris Harris that got to review it. He’s never too loud or irritating, you listen to every word he says, and he says it all in a way that even complete car noobs can understand and be interested in.
For a car review as important as this one, it was filmed in the typically beautiful manner that Top Gear has become well respected for. And with the Dubai backdrop, it just added that dimension of elite. Though, we can never quite understand who these reviews are for. As Chris said, the average owner of Bugatti owns 42 cars, 2 yachts and a helicopter. It’s not like you’re going to drive this around Stoke.
2. The studio bits and celebrity interview – Tinie Tempah
With each week that passes, it seems that Matt LeBlanc is getting far more comfortable with the autocue, the spontaneous banter, and is thankfully being asked to do less scripted jokes. These always come off as forced, and there was far less of that this week, so that’s a plus.
As for the interview, you’ll either be a person who was massively chuffed to see Tinie Tempah, or you’ll have felt a big load of ‘meh’. It’s not exactly Hollywood A-list. Considering this show used to attract the likes of Tom Cruise and Will Smith, you’d have rather had Drake if you wanted a rapper – he’s got an album out this week and everything.
Having said that, Tinie had one of the most natural and relaxed chats this series, probably helped that he visited the show last year too. Top Gear has made the interview segments much more smooth and slick this year, and by splitting up the initial interview and the lap time into two different parts of the show, you’re not sitting there too bored without any proper car action for too long. Well done for whoever came up with that one.
3. Rory’s Pacman game