Ben Collins: Top Gear needs change

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 January 2016
Chris Evans

Top Gear's new presenter Chris Evans

Former Stig Ben Collins thinks it is the right time for 'Top Gear' to be reinvented and freshened up

Ben Collins thinks a reinvention will be good for 'Top Gear'.

The 40-year-old stunt driver - who was the show's masked mystery driver The Stig from 2003 until 2010 - believes the show will benefit from Chris Evans taking over and altering the format as it has been running in the same way for so long.

He said: "It was an absolute riot coming up with this off wall stuff but it's very hard to be new and innovating when you're producing that many shows every year and the audience becomes wise to your tricks and they expect more with bigger and better all the time and it does become very hard.

"I think there are very few formats that survive. It's usually three or four years max. 'Top Gear' had that format for about 12 or 13 years so it was a very long time and I think that definitely everyone gets to come back with something different."

With Chris taking over the BBC show, former hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will front a new motoring series of Amazon, and Ben thinks that's great news for viewers.

He told BANG Showbiz: "I think that will be true of both shows.

"Fans get the best of both worlds because if they want to follow the original trio they can and still get something new on BBC."

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