July 21, 2015, 10:40 am
In a massive change up to the World-Wide success of motoring TV show, Top Gear, all three presenters have left the show following the firing of the controversial Jeremy Clarkson, which made headlines across the country.
This has thrown the future of this programme into disarray, with the majority of public opinion believing that the show would not work without Clarkson, Hammond and May.
So, what is happening with Top Gear? Let’s explore:
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Officially, Top Gear will continue as a BBC production with TV and radio presenter Chris Evans aiming to fill Clarkson’s very big shoes. He’s aware that this is an incredible challenge for him and said as much in an interview with Top Gear magazine.
It has yet to be announced as to who will be replacing Hammond and May but the bookies are currently backing Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin. All of which are strong choices in their own right and would definitely make for an interesting show.
Being quoted saying it would be “silly to throw the bath out with the bathwater” Chris Evans revealed that the popular segments of Top Gear will stay the same. That said, it will not be exactly the same show it was when Clarkson, Hammond and May were presenting it, with some changes being made and new segments being brought in.
No announcements have been made to suggest what will change in the show, although there has been a very mixed response over social media as to whether any more changes are really needed. For the large part, the consensus is that it may be named Top Gear, but it isn’t the same show.
For many viewers, what made the show work so well was the presenters and they are likely to follow them and their new adventures and exploits as much, if not more, than that of Top Gear. So, what’s in the pipeline for Clarkson, Hammond and May?
ITV have been very keen to sign the ex-hosts to a new car show on their network, however a clause in the BBC contract means that this would not be possible until 2017. However, there are loopholes in this contract that would allow the starts to sign on to an internet-based service like Netflix or Amazon Prime.
Expect to see an announcement soon that the trio have signed up with another broadcaster to make a car show – the favourites at the moment are the internet broadcasters, as this would make it trickier for Chris Evan’s Top Gear to gain traction up against its rival.
By the look of things, you can expect to have two Top Gear-esque TV shows being broadcast very soon. One will be named Top Gear and hosted by some shiny new starts featuring similar segments but bringing in lots of changes to the previous season. The other will be hosted by Top Gear’s ex-presenters and will carry everything that made the show a huge success in the first place, although it will almost certainly be launched under a different name.
This is an exciting time for those of us who love car shows as this rivalry could produce some of the best TV this nation has ever seen!
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