As Top Gear fans we all learnt one thing in 2015 – our favourite TV show is going to change and perhaps not for the best. Jeremy, Richard and James have all departed and will be replaced by Chris Evans and two yet-to-be-announced hosts. The format will most likely see substantial changes too, as the BBC can’t just replace the hosts and expect the show to work. They’ll attempt to reinvent it and inject some freshness into the format.
It is clear then, that Top Gear as we know it will never be the same again.
With our boys gone and no further episodes to air with them in it, we should celebrate their contribution to both the world of cars and entertainment by working together to create a definitive 2015 Top Gear Top 100 Best Episodes list. Last year we created a Top Gear Top 100 Best Episodes list – but thanks to all the votes placed on our site in the time that has passed since, the rankings have changed substantially. If you’d like to learn how to get involved, read on…
Well, it turns out Amazon weren’t joking when they said they were going to give Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and Andy Wilman the freedom to make their new motoring show exactly the way they want to – and I’m not just referring to restrictions or creative freedom here.
Amazon have put their money where their mouth is, and backed the boys with a budget of £160,000,000 for the new series – that’s right, one-hundred and sixty million British pounds sterling. In today’s money, that’s almost $250,000,000 US dollars. This will make their new show (whatever it will be named) one of the most expensive UK shows ever. To put it into perspective, it will have a bigger budget than the first two seasons of House of Cards, or the first Avengers movie.
Andy Wilman claims the new motoring show with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James may will offer “lots of newness,” despite all three being familiar faces. Just a day after Amazon announced they signed the trio, Wilman has revealed more about the deal.
Wilman, who helped create Top Gear’s hugely popular format, remained its producer until shortly after Clarkson was dismissed in March this year, told Broadcast magazine that Amazon’s was the “strongest and most intelligent offer.”
“Money, freedom and a love of quality. Those three things are what was attractive,” he said, claiming that the new show has been backed by a “really good budget,” most likely to be Amazon’s single biggest investment in original content to date.
Well, finally the news we’ve all been waiting for – ex Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have finally signed up to present a new show – with the winner being the streaming provider Amazon.
The trio have signed on for three series of a new unnamed motoring programme for Amazon Prime, with the first season to be made available worldwide in 2016.
Along for the ride is former Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman, who also quit the BBC following the boy’s departure post fracas.
In a statement from Amazon, Clarkson said: “I feel like I’ve climbed out of a biplane and into a spaceship.”
Jeremy Clarkson has called on people to be more understanding towards men who are going through a mid-life crisis, but says that anyone tempted to buy a Porsche and start dating their secretary should do something more in line with their age.
In an article for The Sunday Times, Clarkson said a man knows that “he is designed to have been eaten by a lion by the time he reaches 45, and that it’s only science and maths that are keeping him alive. He’s done everything he was designed to do. He’s procreated and provided. And now? He’s just meat.”
Jeremy Clarkson has revealed that his valedictory laps of the Top Gear track, which were completed in a LaFerrari, a Ferrari 488 and a Mercedes-AMG GT S, “would have made the Stig proud”.
In an emotional article for The Sunday Times yesterday, Clarkson recounted the story of his final few laps at the Top Gear test track and recalled his greatest memories of the converted airfield he helped make famous while hosting the BBC motoring programme.
Clarkson visited the track in Dunsfold, Surrey for the final time last week to take the winners of a charity auction around the track in one of three supercars.
“I loved all the corners,” Clarkson wrote. “It’ll always hold a special place in my heart, that track. Which is why, last week, I was feeling a bit choked as I went through the gates for the very last time.”