Top Gear star Paddy McGuinness insists the BBC show is not ‘set up’ for the cameras

Top Gear star Paddy McGuinness insists the BBC show is not ‘set up’ for the cameras

January 28, 2020

Top Gear presenter Paddy McGuinness, 46, has denied that the BBC motoring show is “set up”. Paddy, who co-hosts the program with Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris, is adamant that everything fans see is real.

We show it as it happened. We want to keep it as real as possible

Paddy McGuinness

It’s often been a question on fans’ lips whether the outrageous program dramatises certain elements in order to make good TV, but the host insisted it’s all “genuine.”

When asked the question, he replied: “No. Everything is genuine.“We show it as it happened. We want to keep it as real as possible,” he said.

“It is sometimes very frightening, but it all makes good telly.”

The former Take Me Out host revealed that the show’s producers don’t give them a chance to say no to various stunts they have planned because they don’t tell the presenters in advance.

“They don’t give you the option,” he said.


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“If they told you beforehand ‘You’re going to drive this road and it’s really high up and windy’, you might say ‘Oh, I don’t fancy that.’

“But you just come to it in a car, so you can’t do anything else. You have got to drive it. When you’re there, you are that in it, you just do it,” he laughed.

Reflecting some of the stunts they do on camera and watching the footage back, the 46-year-old TV favourite did admit he was a little taken aback.

“When I’ve seen footage recently of what we’ve done, I have thought ‘Wow, that is high up.’

“But you are that swept up by it in the moment, that you just get on with it,” he explained.

“At the time, you are driven by adrenaline and you are usually tired and wet, so you just do it. It’s is one of those things.”

The long-running favourite show has been under intense scrutiny from fans as the three new hosts try and win the affections of viewers, who were looking for their next Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

The famous threesome departed the show after 13 years, following Jeremy’s dismissal which came after a fight with a producer.

And, while Jeremy won’t watch the new show presented by people other than himself and his colleagues, James gave his seal of approval and Richard told the Radio Times: “I gather it was well received and they’re getting into their stride, which is fantastic news.

“It sounds like they have a good chemistry. Ours took 20 years to get.”

They now present a motoring show of their own over on Amazon Prime, The Grand Tour.

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Meanwhile, Paddy says he’s delighted by the positive reaction to the first series hosted by himself, Freddie and Chris.

“Yes. We are all very pleased. When you are filming it, you’re having a laugh, weighing it up and saying ‘Yeah, I think that’ll be all right.’

“But you never know until it’s on, and some things work and some things don’t.

“I always felt comfortable personally about what we had filmed.

“You can’t do much more than that. But it’s really pleasing to hear the positive reaction,” he said.


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The show has had a turbulent few years following Jeremy, Richard and James’ departure, which saw the show allocate radio DJ Chris Evans and actor Matt Le Blanc as the new hosts and try their hand at delivering the infamous car show.

But alas, it wasn’t meant to be as the ratings dropped drastically and Chris left after the first series finished filming.

However, it seems that the new hosts have the seal of approval, as fans enjoy watching their mishaps which they now know are all real.

Top Gear airs on Sundays at 8pm on BBC Two.

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