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BBC Editor Represents Minority: Bashes on The Grand Tour

I know! I didn’t believe it either, but apparently it’s true. There is someone on Earth who didn’t enjoy the premiere of The Grand Tour. Oh, and they work for the BBC.


The BBC Arts Editor Will Compertz seems to be less than enthusiastic, and far and away differential in is take on The Grand Tour. In what is otherwise a uniform sea of glowing reviews for the new show from Jeremy Clarkson, James May, Richard Hammond, and Amazon, Gompertz essentially stands alone. I can’t imagine why, but I am sure many of you will come up with the answer.

In his review for The Grand Tour, Gompertz said the show was “wanting to be a movie”, “uncomfortably hubristic”, and also said the style in which the show was filmed “make it seem like it was aimed at cinema audiences rather than those watching TV.” While I personally fail to see what the problem is here, clearly Mr. Gompertz has seen something we all missed.

Did I mention he works for the BBC?

Of the opening scene, one which fans and critics alike have raved about, Gompertz also found issues with. He went on to describe the opening as “so over the top and opulent you’d think that the Prince Regent was behind the camera.”

He continued with his scathing review saying that “the payoff never comes”, that portions of the show “goes on a bit” and continued in saying that “the cheesy smiles are not a set-up to a joke, but a precursor to them taking the stage.”

While most fans and critics obviously do not share an opinion with Will Gompertz, I doubt anyone really cares what they are. Maybe he can just wait for the next season of Top Gear and be the one critic who actually likes it.


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Source: The Telegraph

Nick Dunlap

Nick is a lifelong automotive enthusiast, as well as journalist, and content creator. Nick also successful competes in a variety of automotive fields including national level car shows, autocross, SCCA races, and more. He enjoys designing and building a variety of cars and helping others do the same with theirs.

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  1. I’ve read the article this is referring to, and I don’t come away seeing it as bashing. I came away seeing it as valid assessment, with subdued praise.

    His reference to being bigger than the small screen, or internet being a praise for the sheer scope of the program compared to the boys time on Top Gear. And the line about “the payoff never comes”, is discussing how, in the opening scene, as the boys are driving together in the Mustangs, in the past you would have come to expect them bump and rub each other – but the expected bump and rub doesn’t come, signaling that this is something different than what we’ve come to expect from Top Gear.

    And it is. While it has many of the elements that we’ve all come to love about Top Gear, The Grand Tour is NOT Top Gear, and does across something different. Something that, in many ways, comes of grander and of greater scope.

  2. Who is this ugly man giving a crappy opinion? We enjoyed the show so stop being like little school girls jealous all the time…you let a good programme go just get over it

  3. Just like most things with the BBC another pile of rubish reporting. I went on the BBC website and read Will Compertz’s full review of The Grand Tours. It was a poorly masked hate article on Jeremy Clarkson with a measure of contempt for Hammond and May! It was truly a waste of time reading Compertz’s article, the only one who could find any value in it are those who have Clarkson envey as it is apparent Compertz himself suffers greatly with. As is the BBC’s pompous know it all attitude, the do not allow comments on Compertz’s review. I can only assume that there are so many BBC executives who are ready to jump off the roof of the BBC high-rise that the Top Brass is shielding them from anymore reminders that it was The BBC themselves who sent Clarkson, May and Hammond packing, destroying their top program in their broadcast history, Top Gear.

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