If you think back across the history of Top Gear, what is it that comes to mind? Clarkson’s controversies, perhaps. Maybe a few of the races in stupid vehicles. Or the cameos from big stars such as Tom Cruise. Mainly, though, it would be the crashes. Indeed there are websites recording “every accident in Top Gear’s history”. Whenever Top Gear makes the headlines, it invariably means there’s been another crash. Thankfully most of them are harmless; some are even hilarious.
But it’s doubtful anyone at the BBC is laughing about Top Gear’s latest accident. In December, Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff was airlifted to hospital following a dramatic crash that could damage the 45-year-old’s presenting career and has prompted questions about safety on the show and the future of Top Gear itself – with some fans calling for it to be scrapped altogether. Even some working on the show question if it can continue.
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