Well I didn't particularly like that old formula, it felt less focused, more like a mash-up of unrelated little things, I like the longer segments and aprt from the Cool wall and the news, dislike the studio segments. And for the reviews, the Signum one is probably one of my least favorite exactly because of its total irrelevance.I'm watching some older episodes and it amazes me that they had so many items for one episode. Nowadays it's a review, news, some challenge thingy, SIRPC and the final of the challenge thingy. The older episodes have plenty more reviews, much more items in the studio itself (news, new car, crook or classic, cool wall, import or not, ...), ... It had much more variety in it ... And also the car reviews where always unique (remember reviewing the vauxhall vectra and Clarkson ends up riding the car from the back seat ... Classic!). Now it's always on the track and doing the same stuff (go around some corners, do a drag race, talk about the ride comfort).
I'd forgotten that. It used to be that an episode felt like a feast because of what was packed into it. It certainly doesn't feel like that now. I imagine that time and cost restraints are factors; easier to shoot extra footage for one location story than to do several location productions for an episode, and then there's the matter of less money to spend on an episode. Also there is time per year spent on TG Live events and the cast wanting to have lives of their own. Pity to have lost the richness and diversity of the old formula though.I'm watching some older episodes and it amazes me that they had so many items for one episode.