The relaunch of Top Gear, with its all new presenting team, had been eagerly anticipated for months.
With Chris Evans and former Friends actor Matt LeBlanc at the helm, viewers were keen to see how they fared compared to the previous trio of presenters.
And so too were the TV critics. Although none appeared to be overwhelmed by the new show, it did not attract a lot of criticism either.
The Daily Telegraph said that while the new presenters had “sharp things” to say about the vehicles, “the show’s trademark flights of savagely funny sarcasm were as thin on the ground as edible grub in service stations”.
The Sun review was a little more critical, saying: “If you hadn’t seen the old version, BBC2 would have a perfectly serviceable new motoring show on their hands. But we have seen this done before and better.
The reason Jeremy Clarkson’s Top Gear was so popular has little to do with cars. It was simply that the presenters were politically incorrect, sarcastic, and scrapped with each other in a manly way. You hardly ever see that any more.
The original line up had it all: a non-PC grumpy funny old guy, a nerd, and a young (originally) trendy.