Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond are done with Top Gear, but the show is carrying on without the trio. Chris Evans is taking over as new presenter and he confirmed that May 8 will mark the show’s return to UK televisions.
Evans broke the news during an interview on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen. He went on to say they have already started filming what will be a 16-episode season that includes a trip to the US in January. According to The Guardian, they’re set to wrap up the last bits on May 5 leaving all of 3 days between the end of filming and the series debut.
The piece of news Evans did not confirm is who his co-hosts will be in this revamped version of the show. Speculation is that they won’t stray too far from the format of the Clarkson era, but anything is possible.
Despite an official air date in the UK, there has been no word on when we’ll get a look at Evan’s Top Gear in the US. In years past, the BBC has been inconsistent about when they decide to air the show on BBC America. The most recent seasons have been only 24 hours behind the UK airing, so hopefully the wait won’t be long.
Meanwhile, the old trio made their last Top Gear appearance on stage at London’s O2 on Sunday as a part of Clarkson, Hammond, and May Live. The formerly-named Top Gear Live tour included 19 countries and 32 cities with 2.2 million attendees. It’s the official end of their Top Gear days, but they have their new Amazon Prime show already in the works.
The deal appears to include more than just the show as Jeremy Clarkson now appears in a new video explaining Amazon Prime Air’s future drone delivery service. Clarkson narrates as a family is faced with a looming soccer match and a child down to one shoe thanks to the family hound. The day is saved all while Clarkson describes the wonder of Amazon Prime Air.
It feels just like the his old Top Gear days as they pan back to the drone’s view and Clarkson talks about obstacle avoidance, landing zones, and altitudes. It might not be as cool as driving a Bugatti, but the idea of a drone delivering stuff to your house is a genuine slice of the future.
We’ll see what Evans delivers in six months, but have who knows how long to see what Clarkson has concocted. Time to sit and wait.