James May’s appearance as a guest editor on BBC Radio 4’s Today gave supporters optimism for a new programme alongside Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond.
The Grand Tour and Top Gear star, 60, took to the airways on Wednesday morning after it was revealed last month that the three had taped their show’s farewell.
There will be no more The Grand Tour, but it does not always signal the end of the ideal squad.
Asked on the Today programme if they could reunite on another project, James said: ‘I wouldn’t rule it out, but you do have to bear in mind that we’re all getting on a bit.
‘We’ve got two (episodes of the Grand Tour) in the bag, there’s one coming out very soon, and another coming out a bit after that, but what happens between now and then we’ll have to wait and see.’
James was pressed for any hints on what was coming up, but the star insisted ‘”I can’t reveal that because the brutal truth is I don’t know yet.’
The trio initially appeared on our screens together in 2003 on Top Gear, before departing in 2015. They returned only months later for The Grand Tour, which debuted on Amazon Prime in 2016.
The following The Grand Tour special will air in Mauritania in February 2024, followed by the last episode later that year.
Other portions of James’ Today broadcast, on the other hand, were less intriguing, as he chatted at length about tea and moaned about garden centres.
He declared that ‘Britain is falling apart because we don’t drink enough tea.’
It resulted in complaints about the show’s lack of intrigue, with listeners flocking to social media to express their displeasure.
Writing on Twitter, aka X, user Janczek said it was ‘the dullest radio I think I’ve ever heard; a whole new level of tedium.’
Simon Tanner complained it was ‘such dull radio,’ while Alan said he had ‘flicked it off.’
Billie Joe McAllister absolutely ripped into the show, describing it as ‘dull and lightweight.’
He added: ‘James May is perhaps the least thought provoking guest editor #r4today has ever chosen.’
Not everyone felt the same however, with some listeners praising the programme for being so relaxed.
Linda Floyd said there was ‘nobody moaning, giving vent to grievances or sharing their personal difficulties,’ calling it ‘a refreshing change.’
Fellow tea enthusiast Mary Kenny was also full of praise, and joined in the conversation writing: ’Real Tea is made in a pot, with boiling water, not a teabag dunked in a cardboard cup. Loose tealeaves ideal, but good quality teabags – in the pot – acceptable. A decent cuppa hard to find!’
Source My Celebrity Life.