Top Gear has been both blamed and praised for many things. The ultimate show for car-loving boys who’ve never quite grown up? Yep. And I include my husband in that…
Sexist? Kirsty Wark certainly thinks so. Deliberately controversial and non-PC? Obviously. A huge success? That too.
The travel specials have even hooked me in – gorgeous Vietnam, Botswana, the North Pole. I’m planning to watch last week’s Burma episode when I get a spare few minutes, just to remind myself exactly how much I want to visit the country.
(I shall be fast-forwarding the rest, and possibly commiserating with a people that has suffered quite enough without Clarkson et al…)
Until now, no-one has actually thanked the trio for helping increase family holiday bookings, however stunning the backdrop to the cars.
But Tots To Travel, which specialises in villa holidays for families with kids under five, has spotted a huge visitor spike every Sunday evening between 8pm and 9pm. Coincidence? A sudden desire to delay the back-to-work feeling?
Or sheer unadulterated boredom in the face of 0-60 time waffle? So the company thinks. Starting with the first episode of the latest series, traffic has increased by around 80% on last year – and bookings are also up 40% so not just aimless daydreaming, it seems.
Well… what would you prefer? James May and a star in a reasonably priced car? Or staring at sun-drenched images of pools and vineyards?
That’s next Sunday night sorted…
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