Top Gear 'a sitcom'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 November 2010
James May

James May

Top Gear's James May thinks the show has morphed into a ''sitcom'', rather than a serious examination of the artistry of cars, in recent years

Top Gear's James May thinks the show has morphed into a "sitcom".

The car expert - who fronts the BBC series alongside Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond - has admitted while the show once offered a serious examination of the artistry and technology of vehicles, it has now turned into something else.

He said: "'Top Gear is slightly different. It's really almost a sitcom now, so we are characters. When I started, 'Top Gear' was a car show about cars, and I was interested in the technology but also the sociology and artistry of them . the shapes and the colours.

"That was something I've always been into. But it's a different programme now, it's turned into something else."

James also explained while the three presenters do know what they are talking about when it comes to cars, it irritates him when they have to mess a scene up for the sake of entertainment.

He added to Radio Times magazine: "Ultimately we do know what we're talking about and we do let that be known occasionally. Very subtly, every now and then, you think, 'Oh, actually, they do love their subject and they do know a bit about it'.

"And when we c**k about and everything goes wrong and we laugh about it, sometimes it winds me up. I think, 'Oh, for God's sake, can't we do something properly that will work, not that has to catch fire or fall over'. But I think I'm probably alone on that."

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