Top Gear, series 21, episode 1 review
Gerard O’Donovan reviews the first episode of the new series of Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May’s motoring show
Turning 21 has never been any guarantee of maturity (alcohol-induced infantilism is more common, in my experience). So it was no surprise that, to celebrate the start of Top Gear’s 21st season, the presenting trio of Jeremy Clarkson (53), Richard Hammond (44) and James May (51) preferred not to embrace the wisdom of age but, instead, to revisit lost youth – with a show that revelled in the gloriously adolescent belief that the root of all entertainment lies in high speed, low humour and massive explosions. In other words, for Top Gear it was business as usual.