Shortly after it was announced that Chris Evans was to lead an all-new Top Gear line-up, former lead host, Jeremy Clarkson, did the same by confirming to the Sunday Times Driving that he, along with James May and Richard Hammond, will be back on screen with a new motoring programme.
Additional details, title and all, are expected to be revealed “within the next weeks” with the show slated to air after March 2016. As of now, it is still unclear as to which broadcaster has picked up the new show – Netflix, ITV and Channel 4 are listed as possible candidates.
All three companies would look to exploit the presenters’ global appeal. Top Gear has a fan base of 350 million viewers worldwide, and although the new show would not be able to use the show’s name, which is owned by the BBC, the three presenters are synonymous with the BBC2 programme, against with which they would go head to head.
Aside from that, fans of ‘Captain Slow’ will be delighted to hear that he will be hosting his own programme, titled ‘Building Cars Live’ – no worries on the frequency of May’s appearance on Top Gear as his own show will only consist of two 90-minute episodes, to be aired on BBC Two. Expected to air in the third quarter of this year, the show will be co-hosted by Kate Humble and Ant Anstead.
Said programme will focus on the MINI production plant in Oxford and the entire assembly process with May stating that he “can’t wait to build a car. Live.” All this looks set to add up to a good year ahead for fans of motoring programmes – a revamped Top Gear, May’s side project, the trio’s return plus the announcement of a live-action arena tour is sure to get us excited more than excited!