“Top Gear” trio reunites for Amazon series

Former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson (pictured, center), Richard Hammond (left) and James May (right) are reuniting with a new car show for Amazon's VoD platform.
July 30, 2015

Former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson (pictured, center), Richard Hammond (left) and James May (right) are reuniting with a new car show for Amazon’s VoD platform.

Produced by long-time Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman, the as-yet-untitled series will be available exclusively to Amazon Prime members, and the trio has signed on for three seasons. The first season is to go into production soon and will premiere on Prime in autumn 2016, an Amazon spokesperson told realscreen.

The presenters parted ways with the BBC2 program in March after the pubcaster revealed it would not be renewing Clarkson’s contract following an altercation with a Top Gear producer.

In June, the BBC replaced Clarkson with radio host Chris Evans and today (July 30) revealed that Pett Television founder Lisa Clark has been tapped to exec produce the rebooted program.

Amazon Prime Instant Video is currently only available in the U.S., UK and Germany. A spokesperson said the company will look to make distribution deals in territories without Amazon Prime.

“Customers told us they wanted to see the team back on screen, and we are excited to make that happen,” said Jay Marine, VP of Amazon Prime Video EU, in a statement.

On working with Amazon, Jeremy Clarkson added: “I feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship.”

Fans interested in the forthcoming series are invited to follow updates at the series’ dedicated site.

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