BBC readies premiere of revamped “Top Gear”

Top Gear is to return to the BBC in May 2016, a spokesperson for the UK pubcaster has confirmed to realscreen. (Pictured, L-R: series host Chris Evans and The Stig)
November 30, 2015

The new-look Top Gear is returning to British airwaves in May 2016, a BBC spokesperson has confirmed to realscreen.

In an interview on BBC1′s Saturday Kitchen broadcast on November 28, series host Chris Evans (pictured, left) revealed that the first episode of the highly-anticipated series would air  on BBC2 “the Sunday after filming finishes on May 5,” according to The Guardian.

Production on the latest incarnation of the program is currently underway and is slated to contain 16 episodes. Evans’ co-presenters for the series have yet to be announced.

In June, the BBC replaced former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson with the host of BBC2′s Breakfast Show following a highly publicized fracas. The pubcaster revealed a month later that Pett Television founder Lisa Clark had been tapped to exec produce the rebooted program.

Meanwhile, Clarkson, co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond and executive producer Andy Wilman signed a deal with VOD platform Amazon Prime in July to develop a new car series.

Top Gear is one of the world’s most-watched factual programs, with an estimated global audience of 350 million in 212 territories.

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