Followers of Top Gear don’t have lengthy to wait for his or her beloved motoring present to come again on the BBC, with the the newly-released trailer saying the boys will be again “quickly”.
The series has now been filmed – utilizing very becoming social distancing strategies – and will see Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris current at a drive-in!
And as if the present couldn’t get any larger or higher, it’s been confirmed Top Gear will transfer from BBC Two to BBC One for the 29th series.
Though most of abroad Top Gear filming had to be scrapped, we’re nonetheless going to get our dose of cheekiness, banter and a few improbable automobiles.
So when is the subsequent series on? Right here’s every thing we know about Top Gear to date.
When is the subsequent series of Top Gear on?
Whereas the BBC have but to verify a launch date, they’ve introduced that the motoring series will return in Autumn 2020.
Final yr, Top Gear aired three series – first in February, then in June and December – so it initially appeared doubtless that followers might see one other series this summer season, however given the COVID-19 pandemic it’s doubtless that this could possibly be barely later than initially deliberate.
Filming on the series, together with a number of abroad journeys, was underway earlier than the pandemic hit however was placed on maintain as manufacturing stalled throughout the trade.
In a bid to end the series with as little delay as doable, in Might the manufacturing group took the resolution to scrap all remaining filming in abroad places and as an alternative centered on gadgets primarily based inside the UK.
“It does appear like most of our filming will be in the UK this yr,” stated showrunner Clare Pizey.
“Fortunately for us, we had filmed some worldwide and home mayhem earlier than the lockdown began, and have already got some actually humorous footage — footage that we completely couldn’t movie now with all three presenters in a automotive collectively,” Pizey stated.
Filming ultimately resumed on June 12th – beginning with an electrical automotive race round Staffordshire’s empty Alton Towers Resort.
Pizey commented, “We’re so happy to have the opportunity to begin filming once more and a abandoned theme park is a good place to begin. If what we’ve shot to date is something to go by, social distancing doesn’t get in the manner of Paddy, Freddy and Chris having an excellent time and inflicting mayhem alongside the manner.”
And in excellent news for followers, the series has recorded its first present in entrance of an viewers – however with a twist.
Paddy, Freddie and Chris welcomed viewers members of their automobiles to pull up and watch the present. A drive-in present is actually becoming for Top Gear, in spite of everything.
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Model new #TopGear, coming quickly with a socially distanced twist. Yep, the viewers are nonetheless right here, and we’re nonetheless at Dunsfold. Simply exterior, hoping that for as soon as the British climate commits to the forecast.
— Top Gear (@BBC_TopGear) September 9, 2020
Is there a trailer for the new series of Top Gear?
Sure! Launched in mid-September, the trailer reveals off the aftermath of Paddy McGuinness’ crash in a Lamborghini Diablo, in addition to a number of different stunts together with a ski-chase slalom in rent cares, a Wall Of Dying in Alexandra Palace (the place the hosts have to drive near-vertically) and a race in 80s and 90s-era supercars.
You possibly can take a look at all the drama and motion above, although intriguingly no launch date has but been given.
What channel will Top Gear be on?
Top Gear will be transferring from BBC Two to BBC One for its 29th series, after its enormous success on the former channel.
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content material, confirmed the information after it was revealed by presenters Freddie and Chris on BBC Breakfast lately.
She stated: “The time is true to transfer the world’s finest motor present to the nation’s hottest channel and produce it to a good broader viewers on BBC One.
“Freddie, Paddy and Chris have revitalised the hit series with their escapades and banter; and we couldn’t have requested for a greater response to their series to date and the influence it’s had with younger audiences.”
Since their debut on BBC Two final yr June, Paddy, Freddie and Chris have managed to usher in massive numbers for the revamped present.
The primary episode attracted a median consolidated viewers of three.eight million viewers, making it the channel’s hottest programme of 2019.
The long-running leisure present was additionally massively well-liked amongst younger audiences, occupying a spot in the prime 4 reveals on British tv for 16-34-year olds throughout every week of its run.
What can viewers count on from the subsequent series of Top Gear?
As regular, the hosts will be pushing their automobiles and themselves to the restrict in the world’s greatest motoring present.
They’ll be travelling to new locations and attempting out a few of the newest vehicles and automobiles to see in the event that they actually reside up to what the producer says, whereas retaining us entertained with their easy banter.
And given the pandemic, the present will have a barely extra home look than regular – with a number of deliberate abroad jaunts having been scrapped due to the virus, though fortunately some have been filmed earlier than manufacturing was halted.
But when you suppose the trio are taking it a bit extra cautiously in these troubled instances you’re improper. Paddy McGuinness had a mishap in a £250,000 Lamborghini Diablo when he misplaced management of it in the rain and “had a little bit of a shunt” throughout filming in June.
Though he wasn’t harm, he stated: “If you’ve ever owned a Diablo or you’ve pushed one you’ll know simply in addition to me, oh my god, she is usually a merciless mistress, she is usually a merciless mistress that one.”
And Clare Pizey has promised that the shift to a extra home-grown focus “doesn’t imply much less ambition” for the present – so it will be particularly intriguing to see what McGuinness, Flintoff and Harris rise up to this time spherical…
Who’re the Top Gear presenters?
Paddy McGuinness, Chris Harris and Freddie Flintoffwill be returning to co-present the present for its 29th series.
Many will recognise the TV star from ITV’s Take Me Out, which he offered for 9 years from 2010.
He grew to become recognized on the present for his hilarious catchphrases, together with “No likey, no lighty!”.
He has additionally appeared in comedy reveals The Comedy Lab and That Peter Kay Factor on Channel 4.
Talking about the new method to the present, Paddy beforehand stated: “It’s not as full on laddy as you would possibly suppose. You possibly can sit with your mates or your loved ones and watch it on a Sunday evening. You don’t have to be a petrolhead to get into it. Properly, fingers crossed.”
Racing driver and automotive journalist Harris joined Top Gear’s presenting line up in 2016 for series 23.
On the BBC web site, Harris is described as the finest for “brutally trustworthy, no-holds-barred automotive journalism” due to years of expertise in the trade.
His YouTube channel Chris Harris On Automobiles has an enormous following, attracting 426okay subscribers at the time of writing, and he presently presents the on-line automotive assessment series Chris Harris Drives for topgear.com.
Flintoff is finest recognized for being a world cricketer for England, having made his skilled debut in 1998. He gained BBC Sports activities Character Of The 12 months award in 2005 after successful the Ashes in opposition to Australia and in 2006 he was awarded an MBE.
Retiring from Take a look at cricket in 2010, he then appeared on varied reveals and ultimately teamed up with Paddy and Chris in 2019.
Talking of his stint on the BBC motoring present, he stated: “Doing [Top Gear] is good. I’m not taking anybody on – we’ve acquired to try to do what’s finest for this programme. If you’re pondering that then you’re doing it for the improper causes.”
What occurred on the final series of Top Gear?
The 28th series kicked off on 29 December 2019, and noticed Paddy, Freddie and Chris head on a British summer season vacation in super-cheap second-hand convertibles.
Chris examined out the new Ariel Atom on monitor, and Freddie tried to bungee-jump an previous Rover off a dam.
“At this level, I want I’d carried out Strictly,” he stated forlornly earlier than the dive.
Additional antics noticed Harris racing a fighter jet, Paddy consuming guinea pig and the boys racing whereas coated in industrial lube.
We marvel what they’ve in retailer for the new series…
Series 28 and former episodes of Top Gear can be found to watch on BBC iPlayer now. If you’re on the lookout for extra to watch, take a look at our TV information.