BBC3 revs up with “Top Gear” companion show

The digital video platform of the UK pubcaster and BBC Worldwide will allow Top Gear enthusiasts the opportunity to get closer to the revamped series with online companion show Extra Gear (pictured).
April 27, 2016

BBC3, the digital video platform of the UK pubcaster, and BBC Worldwide are giving Top Gear audiences the chance to get closer to the action with a spin-off of the popular automotive series.

Extra Gear (pictured) will offer audiences exclusive footage, interviews and behind-the-scenes access to the original series. The digital off-shoot will be hosted by Rory Reid, who has been named as one of seven Top Gear presenters alongside co-hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc of Friends fame.

The revamped 16-episode motoring series is scheduled to premiere May 8 in the UK on BBC2 and in the U.S. on BBC America.

Extra Gear will be made available digitally across BBC3′s live page and BBC3′s iPlayer immediately following new episodes of Top Gear.

BBC Worldwide will distribute Extra Gear to international broadcasters including BBC America and BBC Brit, where it will air alongside the new series in May.

Earlier this month, streaming giant Netflix revealed that the retooled motoring series would join the digital platform’s lineup under existing international distribution deals in place between Netflix and the BBC.

“For the first time ever we are able to bring our fans around the world more access to the world of Top Gear than they have ever had and realize a long-held ambition to offer more original content from this globally successful show,” said Adam Waddell, global director of Top Gear at BBC Worldwide, in a statement.

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