Introduction - Chris Evans
Finally it’s here.
The new series of TG actually on television. Thank Christ for that. Yes, I have become religious recently. So would you, believe me.
You have no idea what it’s been like since we took over the whole TG shooting match last June. So here you go, just to give you a flavour, some words and phrases that immediately spring to mind, a literary retrospective mood board, if you will…
Bun fight, whirlwind, chaos, nightmare, desperate, foreign, cold, wet, dark, too dark, exciting, thrilling, petrifying, nauseous, controversial, offensive, educational, enlightening, frustrating, confusing, humbling, new, old, contemplative, pioneering, classic, fast, slow, very fast, glacial, fulfilling, satisfying, revelatory, bloody great fun.
I have never experienced anything in my career that comes close to what it’s like to make a single film for TopGear, let alone a whole hour show… let alone a whole series. There is nothing like it anywhere else in the world of TV. Every scene could be from a movie, every moment teetering on the brink somewhere between disaster and triumph.
It is a knife-edged, highly skilled production which I can’t believe I’ve had the almost incomprehensible pleasure and honour of being part of.
The vast majority of television I have been involved with in the past has been much more “of the moment”, more disposable if you like, as well as being usually live or “as live”. All of which is so NOT TopGear. TG is more akin to a Bond movie. By the time each episode is broadcast, 95 per cent of its content will have been edited to within an inch of its life to be tighter, brighter and jump off the screen and down your throat.
The most frequent question any of us have been asked in pre-season interviews is, “Are you nervous?” Answer: “No.”
There’s nothing left for us to be nervous about, we’ve each aged a thousand years in the past 10 months. We’re done. There’s nothing we can do now except sit back and enjoy our favourite show.
Like we always have. We hope you will too.
Amen. Praise the Lord.
This feature was originally published in Issue 283 of Top Gear magazine.