Top Gear, episode 1, review: Men behaving nicely - this is Top Gear for millennials

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All inclusive: Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff gear up for a new series
All inclusive: Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff gear up for a new series

There were worrying whispers that the new-look Top Gear would be more touchy-feely than its pub-boorish previous incarnations. Judging by the launch episode, any petrolheads allergic to cuddles and scented candles need not have fretted. Insults flew. Pranks were played. Top Gear still had stubble on its chin and a glint in its eye. 

Our debutants on the starting grid were a pair of strapping Lancastrian lads: comedian Paddy McGuinness and cricket hero Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff. They were joined by motoring journalist and racing driver Chris Harris, sole survivor from the previous line-up. Top Gear might have miles on the clock, but this trio injected some va-va-voom. Their chemistry was immediate,...

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