When the BBC does something big, it tends to do it really well. Building Cars Live, broadcast over the last two evenings, was one such example.
After the VW emissions scandal it was exactly the fillip that the industry needed in this country, both to instill an understanding of what goes into making our everyday runabouts and convey why people like us have a passion and pride for the industry.
There were cock-ups and complaints, but I’m minded to dismiss them all. For all its mechanisation, car making is a people business, and the fact that everything on the show didn’t run like clockwork was a reflection of real life.
The complaints were many and varied, but seemed to centre on the fact that some of the content was dumbed down. Well, given this was a huge chunk of primetime television on two consecutive days, it’d be foolish to expect otherwise.
For what it’s worth, I thought the team, led by Kate Humble, James May and Ant Anstead, did a remarkable job of weaving the live elements and pre-recorded bits together. The show captured the diverse nature of car making in the UK, and didn’t shy away from mixing some of the more fringe areas with more mainstream ones.