It's very hard to find quality programming in the automotive world. Very few programs are both entertaining and informative, and many don't last a first season before a network cancels the entire show. Think of the Car Show, or how many times Top Gear USA went from in the works to shelved before they got Rutledge, Tanner, and Adam to click.
What I'm trying to illustrate is that it is extremely difficult to make lightning strike and get everything we all want to watch and commit our time to. Somehow, the BBC has got lightning to strike on their side once again with Idris Elba: King of Speed.
I usually have a hard time getting behind car shows, primarily due to the hosts. They are usually stale, old, and talk only about their "good ole days" from when they were kids and how everything today needs to be more analog. It feels as if their fire, their passion for being a petrol/gear head is gone, and that they are just doing this as a job.
It's why I can't get into Velocity's Chasing Classic Cars or Legendary Motorcar. They are just reporting things, sure you get to see cars that are almost never seen, but it is so dry and so boring, I just can't watch it.
TopGear and FifthGear seemed to have pioneered the way a car show should be presented, a bit factual, but also show the love for cars and people will tune in. While those two British shows are great and I will watch every episode, they too are becoming a bit stale. It's the same bits over and over again, the same tests, the same jokes. Nothing has changed, nothing is new, at least to me.
This year we have already seen the first episode of /Drive Networks freshman season which was very good, and I hope the upcoming episodes are awesome too. But until the next episode is out, the BBC has us covered with Idris Elba: King of Speed.