The Boys Are Back: New Top Gear Series – 29 January 2012

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Tonight, the nation’s three favourite motorheads return to our screens, following an embarrassingly weak (and “offensive”) Christmas special from India. The show – now ten years old and in its eighteenth series – is well-known for its controversy, but from what I’ve seen of the new series, it’s likely to be a little more tame.

WILL HE IS: Will.i.am is the first Star In A Reasonably Priced Car.

Personally, I think the format’s growing tired (as all formats do), but I’m delighted for the BBC that it’s made so much money abroad – which ultimately lowers licence fees, thanks to BBC Worldwide’s return of profits to programming.

THE BOYS ARE BACK: James May and the Hamster in studio rehearsals on Wednesday.

“Hello virtual audience and welcome back for a new series of Top Gear. We kick off in this one with a supercar drive across Italy. At this point, people who think they’re funny say ‘It’s a rotten job, but somebody’s got to do it.’ Well I’d like to say it’s a great job, I’m really grateful for the opportunity to do it. Thank you for supporting the programme and making it possible for me. And if it all ends tomorrow, I’ll look back on it and think ‘That was great’ and then go and do something worthwhile like be a teacher.”

— James May, in a web-clip about the upcoming new series of Top Gear, 25 January 2012

Top Gear returns to BBC 2 at 8:00pm tonight (29 January 2012).

Andrew Burdett

Andrew Burdett is a 20-year-old from Maidenhead in Berkshire. A self-professed "lover of life", he enjoys a busy calendar of activities and engagements. With regular involvement in the Scout Association and his church, he was made Head Boy in his final year at school. After a gap-year spent as a Teaching Assistant at a local junior school, he is now half-way through his Journalism Studies degree at the University of Sheffield. In his spare time, he swims, reads, and enjoys writing about himself in the third-person.