Sorry, Paddy McGuinness: touchy-feely Top Gear is a terrible idea

From left; Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff
From left; Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff Credit: BBC Studios

Is Top Gear about to become Touchy-Feely Gear? New host Paddy McGuinness says the series, which sets off on its latest post-Jeremy Clarkson reboot this weekend, will strive, in this new incarnation, for sensitivity, generosity and “emotional depth”. Belt up for group hugs and teachable moments, in other words, and say a final farewell to digs at cyclists and salty put downs between presenters. 

“I think that’s a good thing,” elaborated McGuinness, who settles into the cockpit alongside Freddie Flintoff (and returning token motoring expert Chris Harris). “It just happens because that’s how we are and that’s the way the world is now.”

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