Everything You Need To Know Before The Top Gear Premiere

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As has probably been drilled into your mind more than you care to remember, Top Gear premieres today in the UK. American viewers—except those, of course, who plan to watch by other means—will have to wait until tomorrow to see the show. Regardless, we’ve got you covered on how to watch and what to expect.


The new Top Gear has been through so many highs and lows over its existence that the hosts are probably a bit car sick at this point—oh wait, that already happened to host Chris Evans while filming months ago—but the real verdict will come once we all see how they pieced it together.

The trailers—like the original one above—have both the Top Gear-esque style and camerawork, and an audience that got a preview in Liverpool gave the show positive feedback as well. Had all gone as planned (what has, with this show?), the premiere would have been weeks ago on May 8. Instead, it got pushed back to May 29 in the UK and May 30 in America.


Joining Evans on the host panel are Matt LeBlanc, Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan and Rory Reid. The Stig, of course, will also be in the mix. From what we know about the first episode, it sounds very much like old Top Gear. There are plenty of spoilers about the episode over here, if you are so inclined.

As for watching the premiere, here are the details:

  • When, for UK viewers: May 29, 8 p.m. in the UK (3 p.m. ET)
  • Channel, for UK viewers: BBC2 on television and BBC iPlayer for streaming online. For those in the U.S. looking to watch at this time as well, it’s safe to say that you guys will probably find other means.
  • When, for U.S. viewers: May 30, 9 p.m. ET
  • Channel, for U.S. viewers: BBC America on television and BBCAmerica.com for streaming online. Per the BBC America website, the show will also be available for streaming on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Xbox, Vudu and Sony PlayStation. To access those links, click here.

If you need to catch up on all things Top Gear, below are some of the highlights leading up to the premiere.

Staff writer, Jalopnik

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