Top Gear - or new Top Gear as it has become known in this post-Clarkson, Hammond and May era - has drawn to a close after what feels like a blink-and-you-missed-it six-week run. Not that you could blink and miss it, because even if you did miss the television show, the chances were that you will have seen it discussed here or elsewhere.
I’ll be honest, I’m massively grateful that we have a car show on primetime television, and for that reason alone I’m naturally inclined to favour Top Gear. I also think that, thanks in part to its time and budget, and the clever people working on it, the show has always had the ability to make really special programmes.
Sadly, though, there’s hasn’t been enough in the current series that has been special. There have been highlights - most of which have revolved around Chris Harris, formerly of this parish, and Rory Reid, who had a down-to-earth love and understanding of cars that shines through - but they have been few and far between.
Disappointments? There have been a few, from the near total lack of fresh ideas (unless you count taking the old format and changing it 10% as being a fresh idea) to the over-the-top presenting style of Evans, who may be a true car nut in every sense, but whose insistence on acting like an over-excited child just makes him appear to be trying to compensate for shortcomings in knowledge, driving ability or whatever.