The BBC have confirmed today that Top Gear’s behind-the-scenes companion show Extra Gear will return this Sunday, 5th March on BBC Three at 9pm. Comedian George Lewis is set to present the second series of the show, alongside Chris Harris and Rory Reid.
Extra Gear will be once again shot in the TG studio each week, with George, Chris and Rory giving viewers a behind the scenes at the films from the new series of Top Gear, including deleted scenes and associated funny moments that didn’t make it into the final cut.
Chris Harris will also take a closer look at the star cars that feature in the main show, and take them for a customary hot lap around the Top Gear test track.
For those who are not familiar with George Lewis, he has previously won Comedy Knights Comedians Of the Year 2015, and as it turns out, is also a proper car nut.
“My first car was a third generation Fiesta that I bought for £100 off my mate Dougie – he couldn’t pass his test so his dad made him sell it,” Lewis said during an interview with TopGear.com. “I then had a couple of Escorts, before upgrading to borrowing my mum’s Focus. My current car is an 08 Renault Megane Expression – I can tell you’re excited. The truth is it looks like your mate’s dad’s car, but I drive thousands of miles to and from gigs, so I just need something that works.”
Lewis is also a Top Gear fan, and is looking foward to being a part of Extra Gear. “Honestly, it’s every boy’s dream to be on Top Gear, I’m chuffed to be a part of it,” he said. “You can expect loads more behind the scenes footage, original interviews, insight from the presenters, outtakes from the main show, and a Harris lap in every episode. It will be a lot of fun.”
Top Gear returns this Sunday, 5 March on BBC Two and BBC Two HD at 8pm, followed by Extra Gear on BBC Three at 9pm.