Top Gear 'is becoming a sitcom'

Top gear co-presenter James May has said that the hit television series about cars is turning into a sitcom.

The 47-year-old presents the motoring show along with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond.

May admitted that he now plays a "character" in the famous BBC2 TV programme.

He told the Radio Times: "It's really almost a sitcom now, so we are characters ... When I started, Top Gear was a car show about cars, and I was interested in the technology but also the sociology and the artistry of them ... the shapes and the colours.

"That was something I've always been into. But it's a different programme now, it's turned into something else."

May, who is nicknamed Captain Slow on Top Gear because of his driving style and his tendency to get lost, added: "Ultimately we do know what we're talking about and we do let that be known occasionally.

"Very subtly, every now and then, you think, 'Oh, actually, they do love their subject and they do know a bit about it'.

"And when we cock about and everything goes wrong and we laugh about it, sometimes it winds me up.

"I think 'Oh, for God's sake, can't we do something properly that will work, not that has to catch fire or fall over'. But I think I'm probably alone on that."

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