Top Gear

  1. Top Gear's Paddy McGuinness unhurt after Yorkshire crash

    Top Gear presenter Paddy McGuinness escaped unhurt after crashing a supercar during the filming of a new series in North Yorkshire yesterday.

    The car before the crash

    The BBC team were filming near Ribblehead when a Lamborghini Diablo, driven by Mr McGuinness, left the road during "torrential rain", he said.

    Mr McGuinness (below middle) said he was "totally fine" following the crash, which involved his fantasy childhood car.

    In a video on his Instagram, he added that the team hoped to get the car up and running again.

    The Top Gear team

    A BBC spokesman said: "During Top Gear filming in North Yorkshire today presenter Paddy McGuinness’s car skidded and left the road, coming to an almost immediate stop.

    "Paddy was quickly taken to the production unit base for medical checks and is unhurt.

    "Safety on Top Gear is always the production team’s priority and the vehicle’s speed at the time was within the road’s limit of 60mph."

  2. Top Gear's return with new hosts Flintoff and McGuinness praised by critics

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    "Gentler, kinder and all the better for it."

    Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff

    The Guardian's Tim Dowling is among the critics welcoming the return of Top Gear with its new hosts - racing driver Chris Harris, retired cricketer Freddie Flintoff and comic Paddy McGuinness.

    "There was likeability as the hosts opened the show," reported Digital Spy's Alistair McGeorge.

    The Telegraph's Michael Hogan said the presenters' "chemistry was immediate, their camaraderie warm".

    Overnight viewing figures showed an average of 2.54 million viewers which represented a 12.7% share of the audience, making it BBC Two's most watched programme of the day.

    By comparison, the launch of the previous series of Top Gear drew an overnight average audience of 1.97 million in February.