Never send a woman to do a man's job
Pre-production of the motoring show, which will be fronted by presenter Chris Evans, has been hit by a string of major setbacks and high-profile resignations months before its scheduled debut.
It comes as former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May prepare to launch their rival motoring show on Amazon Prime, the retailer's video on-demand service.
Among the difficulties plaguing the motoring show are:
- Claims BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw is 'meddling' in the programme's development
- The departure of key backroom staff, including executive producer Lisa Clark
- The introduction of a new production team who 'don't know anything about cars'
- A luke-warm reaction to the new presenters, with fears they are not well-enough known
- Host Chris Evans reportedly crashing a luxury Jaguar his first time around the trackCorporation bosses had their reservations about Evans from the outset, with BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw saying in August she was 'terrified' at the thought of the presenter taking the lead. [Didact: Translation from SJWeaselese: "He might make the show FUN and MASCULINE! We cannae have that!"]
The BBC chief, who is known for her direct approach, said she was 'so excited about the new series' but admitted 'you don't quite know what is going to happen next'.
Evans will be joined by former F1 driver David Coulthard, German racing driver Sabine Schmitz and motoring journalist Chris Harris when the programme launches next May.
But questions have been raised over whether Schmitz and Harris are well-enough known to add to the show's appeal. Other changes for the series include the track being 'super-sized'.
The new track might prove to be too much for Evans, who is said to have crashed a luxury Jaguar when he took his first spin around the course at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey. [Didact: No half-witted comments about how he's a terrible driver, please; driving a fast car around a track at high speed is not easy.]
Evans, who also presents the breakfast show on BBC Radio 2, is also struggling with the amount of control he is being given over the show, sources claim.
An insider claimed to the Sun that Ms Shillinglaw has been reluctant to give Evans and his team the same free reign enjoyed by Clarkson, who failed to have his BBC contract renewed following a high-profile fracas with a show producer.
The source claimed the BBC chief had a 'reputation as a meddler', adding 'the show has had to become a lot more PC following the Clarkson row. [Didact: That's what you get when you put a busybody SJW in charge of a cultural icon.]
'There is less leeway to do out-there stuff and Kim has become a bit of a nightmare.'
There has also been trouble for the programme's overworked host, with Evans announcing earlier this month that he was stepping down from TFI Friday in order to throw his efforts into Top Gear.
A source confirmed there were 'no plans' for the Channel 4 show to return for another season.
Evans has been pre-recording segments and admitted in a recent magazine column that he had worked for 26 hours in a row covering his BBC Radio 2 show, TFI Friday and Top Gear.
Meanwhile, the show has also been hit by the departure of two key backroom staff.
Executive producer Lisa Clark, who Evans personally brought in to lead its revamp, announced last week she is quitting the show after just five months.
She was hired following the departure of Andy Wilman, who left the BBC following close friend Clarkson's departure and will join the old Top Gear line-up on their new Amazon motoring show. [Didact: So basically everyone who made the old show in the old format so brilliant, is gone. And the numpties who replaced them have no clue. BIG surprise...]
Script editor Tom Ford has also resigned from his role.
Departing Ms Clark, who previously worked alongside Evans as a producer on The Big Breakfast, said in a statement she was moving to new projects.
Losing the knowledgeable production team behind the show has also caused teething troubles.
A source told the Sunday Times earlier this month: 'They've brought in a production team that doesn't know anything about cars.