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Captain Slow in one of his flowery shirts.
James Daniel May (born 16 January 1963) is a British TV presenter and journalist, best known for presenting Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond between 2003 and 2015, subsequently moving to The Grand Tour with those two. He has presented other TV programmes on themes including science and technology, toys, wine culture and the plight of manliness in modern times. Between 2003 and 2011, he wrote a weekly column for the motoring section of the Daily Telegraph.

Over the course of his time on Top Gear, May self-Flanderised to some extent, becoming more slow and cerebral (and becoming worse in terms of his sense of direction, or lack thereof) in response to Clarkson becoming more aggressively boorish and Hammond becoming more hyperactive. Despite the "Captain Slow" nickname, May has in fact carried out some very high-speed driving; in 2007 he took a Bugatti Veyron to its top speed of 253 mph (407 kmh), and three years later he topped this by achieving 259 mph (417 kmh) in the Veyron's newer Super Sport edition.

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Conversation Street (Series 1)

Every time The Grand Tour begins the "Conversation Street" segment (courtesy of a segue from Richard Hammond announcing it with flowery prose), a video clip of presenters Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, and James May, all in silhouette against a white background, plays with something odd or unusual going on. Since the combined length of all the intro clips are just a bit too long for TV Tropes (by about fifteen seconds), they've all been divided up into smaller compilations for each series. Here are all the "Conversation Street" intro clips from series one.

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