… but Top Gear
is a tremendous show.
I was surprised at how upset I felt when I read about Richard Hammond’s crash. I’d always found him likeable but kind of annoying. It seems that his co-stars find him loveable but kind of annoying, so that seems to fit.
Since I became a comedian** I have had a much greater appreciation of how difficult it is to perform. As a result I find I give TV performers a bit more latitude. Little foibles and once irksome tendencies bother me a lot less. Indeed I’ve started to see them as part of life’s rich tapestry. So I can live with Jeremy Clarkson’s anti-Americanism, or Extras
being a bit hit and miss, or Richard Hammond being a bit annoying. And I’m mighty glad that he seems to be doing well, according to his friend Clarkson
. (Hat-tip to Iain Dale
Indeed the fact that he has come away from this crash alive demonstrates that Richard Hammond is made of steel. Here’s very much hoping he’s going to be A-1 OK.
No-one hates idiot drivers more than me. Unlike many people I love flying – you’re in the hands of an experienced professional. I much more dislike being on the road – any twat can and does drive. The statistics bear out my prejudice. It is also perfectly clear that whilst some women do lack the co-ordination to drive well and are inclined to dither, FAR too many men think that driving is a test of their manliness, and go too fast and commit multitudinous other sins. They are certainly the worst offenders.
So why do I like Clarkson and Hammond et al
? It’s because they have a genuine LOVE for driving and for cars. That is a crucial distinction. Of course they enjoy the fact that they annoy the politically correct brigade, and that is to be heartily commended. But they are not in this game because they have insecurities that they can’t address head on. Clarkson is very self-deprecating and, like his co-stars, has a boyish enthusiasm for cars and life.
It is nothing short of a staggering wonder that Top Gear
is on the BBC. Long may it continue. And yes, as mawkish as this sounds, Hammond’s scrape and the goodwill that followed it have encouraged me to tune in with much greater regularity. Once I get a TV, Mr Fascist Licence Man.
* It’ll be interesting to see how my attitude changes when I learn to drive.
** Wow, I’ve never actually described myself as ‘a comedian’ before – I’ve hitherto said that I ‘do stand up comedy’. I think it’s good to put it a bit more boldly.
This was not meant to indicate that I am a two star comedian!