It’s official – Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are getting the band back together. The Interceptors are back. Well, kind of.
The boys were spotted in London today, wearing their typical interceptor attire as they filmed scenes for their upcoming arena tour Clarkson, Hammond & May Live, which prior to Jeremy’s punch was known as Top Gear Live.
Jeremy was seen wearing a pink scarf, a fake moustache and a pair of thick blue glasses as he joined Richard, James and a beautiful blue Jensen Interceptor. All three gentleman looked to be in high spirits as they filmed in fancy dress, with Richard wearing a brown leather jacket and a bushy moustache which rivalled Jeremy’s. James teamed a 70’s red velvet jacket with one of his signature floral shirts.
Rowland French, creative director of the tour, said: “The three presenters have been working incredibly hard to make sure it’s better than ever before, and I’m certainly looking forward to seeing them back doing what they do best.”
The tour promises to bring together ‘supercars, stunts, explosions and irreverent humour’. Two weeks ago the group of pals were spotted in Hampshire minus fancy dress as they continued to film content for the live shows in London, Sheffield and Belfast.
Earlier in the week Jeremy posted a photo on Twitter of a bright yellow Corvette C7 Z06, which appeared to be one some kind of airfield (not the Top Gear Test Track) along with a film crew and a very cold looking Richard Hammond.
Possible move to ITV
Yesterday it was revealed the three presenters attended a secret rendezvous at the home of ITV channel director Peter Fincham this week. Also present were the show’s executive producer Andy Wilman – a long-term friend of Jeremy’s who quit the BBC last month – and ITV entertainment boss Elaine Bedell, who Jeremy used to work with.
The move comes after ITV insiders previously insisted there were “no plans” to enter into negotiations. The channel’s position is believed to have shifted once it became clear that both Hammond and May would be leaving Top Gear too, along with Wilman.
BBC bosses have made it clear that they plan to relaunch Top Gear with new presenters. They were keen to retain Richard and James in the wake of Jeremy’s dismissal, but the pair have opted to leave, with Richard stating: “I’m not quitting my mates.”