The end of a television era

Apparently a new episode of top gear airs tonight. I expect it to be the last new Top Gear, as frankly I can’t see the program surviving without the original team. Sunday nights won’t be sunday night without that semi-fascist car-oriented anarchy. For some reason we let these men whose views we’d ordinarily find repugnant get away with so much, like a collective guilty pleasure. Something about the antics of Clarkson, Hammond and May appealed to the children in us all. I can’t see anyone replacing them, as the dynamic will be lost. No doubt the beeb will try replacing the team, then shelving the idea and letting it pass into history. Tonight, then, probably marks the end of a television era.

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