BBC's New Top Gear With Chris Evans Debuts May 8

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Top Gear (yes, the BBC version) presenter Chris Evans announced that the show will return to the network on May 8, but has not indicated who the co-presenters will be—if there are any.

The show returns to the BBC lineup on May 8, just three days after filming ends. The Guardian reports that Evans said producers have “already started making the films.” There will be 16 episodes, and Evans said the show’s crew will head to America in January to do some intercontinental filming.

Evans doesn’t want to necessarily mimic what former hosts James May, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson did, ruling out the three-host format in an announcement last month. Who will co-host with Evans—if anyone—is still under wraps.


As for May, Hammond and Clarkson, we still don’t know the name of their new show. Amazon did buy the rights to 36 episodes for its Amazon Prime users, but the team has yet to announce an air date for (Not) Top Gear. The name “Gear Knobs” was once on the table for the new show, but Clarkson shot that down almost immediately via Twitter.

While Evans prepares to take over on BBC, the former trio is off using their reported budget of £160 million and filming things like the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 test for Amazon.

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