Many have had their say but when it comes to TVs Top Gear one Worcestershire man knows better than most. Dr Ken Pollock is the Worcestershire County Councillor for Tenbury. Before entering local politics he worked as Producer for the BBC for 22 years on some well-known shows.
They include Farming Today, the Radio 4 programme that has run, uninterrupted, for more than 50 years; Television Farming, which gave rise to Countryfile, which attracts more than 8 million viewers every Sunday evening; and Top Gear, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's most widely watched factual television programme.
World Class Worcestershire has turned the tables on the ex BBC programme maker and asked him to present his verdict on the new Top Gear:
What are your early impressions of Top Gear, without Jeremy Clarkson?
There is no instant fix. It is impossible to replace Jeremy, Richard Hammond and James May, at the same time and expect audiences to love the new programme immediately. The new presenters need to calm down and be given time to settle into the show. If they believe in the strength of the idea and don't throw too much at it, then I am sure that it will be popular.
What do you make of the new presenters?
Everyone is talking about Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc, but I would like to see more of Sabine Schmitz. I am told that she has driven around the Nurburgring in Germany more than 20,000 times so she knows how to drive a fast car. I think that she can add something new and different to the format.
What about Evans and LeBlanc?
Evans is a clever broadcaster but he needs to calm down. The programme is recorded in front of a large audience but Chris needs to think less about those who are in the studio with him and much more about the viewers who are watching at home. Matt LeBlanc is obviously well known around the world from his time in Friends, but he is beginning to show already that he is also a serious car freak.
Will the new team succeed?
It is too early to tell. We are told that we now have a large team of presenters who are presenting the show but we are yet to see anything of Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan and Rory Reid. Any presentation team takes time to gel. With a programme like Top Gear the question is how long will the new team be given?
If you were still producing the show what would you do differently?
I would cut out some of the noise. At worst it sounds like they are broadcasting from a barn. I would cut out some of the foolishness and I would put in more minutes dedicated to the cars. Top Gear is and always has been a car show so if I was back there writing the running order it would be less chatter and more cars!
What was Jeremy Clarkson really like to work with?
If you are after a headline here I am sorry but I am going to disappoint you because I found Jeremy really easy to work with. He did his homework, he knew about cars and his timing was perfect from the moment that I started to work with him when he was the show's newest presenter.
And finally what was the favourite Top Gear feature that you produced?
That is a hard one to answer. There were so many highlights. One of my favourite pieces was one close to home. During my first series on the show back in 1987, I produced a feature on the Morgan S8. It was a fantastic car made by Malvern's finest craftsmen. We compared it to three other sports cars, and I'm delighted to say that the Morgan came out as World Class.