Stars In Fast Cars, BBC3

by | Sep 25, 2005 | All, Reviews

What to say if you liked it

Fun-packed celebrity game show in which four charismatic famous folk compete in daring automobile stunts.

What to say if you didn’t like it

We feel it’s now getting to the point where each month semi-famous people are being driven into TV land in cattle trucks and are then mindlessly divided up between the upcoming reality shows.

What was good about it?

• Dougie (not Doogie) Anderson’s enthusiastic, breathless presentation which aided the momentum of the proceedings. Whether hanging from the side of a commentary truck screaming questions at Sir Steven Redgrave or rushing child-like to survey the score in Car Catapult, he was always an engaging factor.

• The inventiveness of some of the games. Motorised Seats saw Redgrave, Sarah Cawood, Gina Yashere and Jon Culshaw race around a track in armchairs, which wasquite funny and exciting. The only problem was that once they’d finished the race, they all had to complete a puzzle to determine their final finishing positions, which pushed race winner Gina from first to last.

• Car Catapult, shamelessly pilfered from Top Gear, was also entertaining as cars were launched at a giant coconut shy.

• Steve Redgrave’s delightfully tedious slow driving in the challenge which necessitated the navigation of a slalom while losing as little water as possible from the bath sitting on the trailer attached to the Ferrari each celebrity was driving.

What was bad about it?

• It does seem a step too far into the private indulgences of celebrities. We are anticipating Austrian Ski Holiday With Peter Andre or Reality Show Addiction, which follows Lee Latchford-Evans as he vies to appear on every single reality show he can fit into his busy schedule.

• The motor-machismo which fawned before the delusional belief that cars are something other than environmentally inefficient vehicles. “It tests our stars’ ability to deal with one of the ultimate status symbol cars – the Ferrari!” cooed Dougie. The only people who regard any sort of car as a “status symbol” are those who are permanently soldered into their bespoke labelled suit.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles


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