Shocking as it may seem, a television show that makes a habit of doing silly things like incinerating caravans, dropping pianos on Morris Marinas, converting a Ford Transit into a hovercraft and recruiting British Touring Car Championship drivers to race airport support vehicles isn't targeted at a high-brow audience. Yes, we're talking about Top Gear.

The Telegraph sat down with Andy Wilman, the executive producer of Top Gear ahead of the 21st season's premiere, slated for this Sunday in the UK and February 10 in the US. Wilman, who's produced every season of Top Gear UK since its 2002 relaunch, could be thought of as the silent, fourth partner to Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

"If you're actually nine, you need something to watch that isn't a computer screen," Wilman said. "And if you're 29, 39 or 59, part of your brain will most likely still have a mental age of nine, and that part struggles to get nourishment." Considering that, Wilman believes the show provides an "important service" to the working public. "Modern life for adults is, after all, bloody hard. The workplace is not freer, but more regimented by management systems and nonsense enforced by going on 'courses'," Wilman said. "The demand to be accountable and produce results hangs heavy over every worker, and by the weekend they need a release valve. That's where we come in - an hour a week where three badly dressed middle-aged men bicker, fall over and catch fire."

According to The Telegraph, the upcoming season will include things like a timed rally inside of a supermarket, as well as the usual crop of exploding cars and a tank smashing through walls. The team will also journey to the Italian lakes for a "pointless" race, make a visit to a nuclear disaster site (hinted to be Chernobyl) and learn how to embroider while driving. Our inner nine year olds can't wait.


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      jbm0866
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'm a huge TG fan, and thanks to netflix and the "internet" I've watched every single episode of the new format TG (starting around 2002ish?)...but I can't be alone in wishing they would go back a little more to the way they were in the beginning. Yes, the early episodes were a little boring by todays standards, but by the 5th or 6th season they had a pretty good mix of semi-serious car stuff and outrageous shenanigans. I think they've gone a little too far with the all out comedy routines in recent years and should dial it back a bit..
        Lachmund
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jbm0866
        I agree...back then one could still be led to believe some of their races/ voyages happened like that. nowadays it's just so obvious everything is staged.
      thenewrick
      • 10 Months Ago
      One of my favorite aspects of Top Gear is the old-timey Britishness of it. The references to British history and caricatures.
      mazeroni
      • 10 Months Ago
      Transformers is written for 13 year olds and look how that series is doing. I you want higher quality writing there are guys like Chris Harris.
      JayP
      • 10 Months Ago
      Makes sense. My 12 yr old loves the show. Especially the poo jokes.
      studley
      • 10 Months Ago
      Could only be funnier if they ran over a Kardashian, or two.
      kajohns1964
      • 10 Months Ago
      DUH !
      RobG
      • 10 Months Ago
      I absolutely hate this show. I refuse to watch it. It's written by idiots for idiots. It's definitely not for the thinking man. As a car enthusiast, I don't care to see the garbage they come up with. I can see that kind of crap every day out on the roads.
        John W
        • 10 Months Ago
        @RobG
        It is for thinking men and women. Those who watch it have thought hard all week and just want to relax and laugh.
        ShujinSaru
        • 10 Months Ago
        @RobG
        But how do you REALLY feel?
      Hi
      • 10 Months Ago
      Only a 9 year old could stoop to the depths of Jeremy Clarkson's low intelligence. If I ever seen that punk in public, I'll take the assault charge for the crap he talks about rhe United States, our military, and our Corvette.
        S.
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Hi
        Lol! Overcompensating American angry. Hulk smash will solve problems!
        Arturo Rios Jr.
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Hi
        You must be one of those 9 year olds, and I don't mean it in a nice way.
        Ron
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Hi
        The show is purely for entertainment. Much better off following someone like Chris Harris if you're looking for honest reviews and comparisons on various cars...
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Hi
        Go troll Bodybuilding.com or something, no one here cares about your e-penis.
        flychinook
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Hi
        Don't worry, I doubt you'll ever "seen" Jeremy Clarkson in public. They've already been to Alabama.
        Lachmund
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Hi
        I always thought to have humor one needs intelligence. You are proof of that!
        GR
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Hi
        Keep in mind that's his persona that makes the show interesting. He's supposed to be a pompous prick. Also, Top Gear and these Brits are very biased towards British and European cars. I have a few Top Gear UK edition magazines and at the back, they rate cars. They are very biased towards British cars that the rest of the world knows are rubbish. They trash American and Japanese cars which are more reliable and last a lot longer.
      Bernard
      • 10 Months Ago
      Which is why you should never take anything said on the show seriously. Certainly their attitudes towards American cars reflect a 9 year old level of maturity.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 10 Months Ago
      "an hour a week where three badly dressed middle-aged men bicker, fall over and catch fire." Add eye-gouging and flying-pans to the head and you've got the Three Stooges. Not that there's anything wrong with that. It's a modern take on classic entertainment.
      Wetstuff
      • 10 Months Ago
      Unwatchable. Jim
      G
      • 10 Months Ago
      Love the show .... watched the US version once.........SUCKS .........
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