New Top Gear To Have ‘Less Tomfoolery’

June 22, 2010 by  
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Whether you love Jeremy Clarkson for his brazenly outspoken ways or loathe him for his dismissal of global warming as ‘twitterings’ by over-cautious worriers, few people can deny the sheer entertainment value of his motoring programme.

But some of the outrageous stunts which made Top Gear so popular in recent series will be shelved for the upcoming run after bosses admitted that the show had become too cartoonish.

In the past Clarkson has performed outlandish stunts like purposely crashing cars into trees and his fellow presenter Richard Hammond almost died in a dragster accident a couple of years ago. But presenter James May, promised “less tomfoolery” when the show starts again on Sunday.

“It’s easy to get carried away – it’s like drinking, you start to believe you’re funny and other people might not,” he said. “Everybody wants their programme to be the biggest in the world. But it opens you to accusations of dumbing down.”

“The keen observer will see a subtle change – a slight retreat from the Last of the Summer Wine tomfoolery,” he told The Radio Times.