Top Gear’s revamped season 24, after the departing trio of Clarkson, Hammond and May, was a commercial flop. But after a prominent presenter shakeup, can BBC Top Gear regain its mojo?
The latest series will begin on the 5th of March at 8pm on BBC2 and BBC2 HD as part of an all new 7 part series with Leblanc, Harris and Reid at the helm as the 3 main presenters.
Note that last season’s big mouthed lead presenter -Chris Evans- is missing from that list. After a dismal streak of poor ratings and dwindling viewing figures Evans chose to leave the show a matter of hours after the final episode airing.
But there is still hope for the hit BBC sitcom. The highly anticipated Grand Tour with Clarkson and co left many fans disappointed. 4k and beautiful filming gave Amazons new show a glossy, big budget feel. But cheap laughs and edgy stunts appear more prominently than genuine content for the real car enthusiast.
It’s here Top gear could gain ground. A well filmed, less comical proper motoring show still has its place on TV screens. The last series of top gear with the all new cast made the mistake of trying to copy the ‘3 blokes twating about’ formula that made the show so famous. This is where the prospect of having Mr Harris – the man behind ‘Chris Harris On Cars’- making full length feature films as a lead presenter with a proper BBC budget is highly exciting.
So what can we expect in the latest series. Highlights for the upcoming series include Matt Leblanc taking the Russian build eight-wheeled Avtoros Shaman to the Isle of Man and encountering a bunch of nudists. Rory Reid also challenges Chris Harris to perform a real life stunt normally only completed with CGI in an Alfa Romeo Giulia quadrifoglio. And finally Rory and Sabine Schmitz Take the fastest FWD hot hatch, The VW golf GTI Clubsport S, to the Nurburgring with the challenge to overtake as many supercars as possible during one lap of the Nordschleife.
Here’s a list of the confirmed featured cars in all new BBC top gear:
Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche 991 Turbo S Cabriolet
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrafoglio
Aston Martin DB11
Mercedes S63 AMG
Ferrari FXX K
Lamborghini Huracan Spyder
VW Golf Clubsport S
Renault Twingo GT
Abarth 124 Spider
To add further delight the somewhat cringe worthy ‘Star in a Rally Cross car’ segment has been replaced with the proper full tarmac lap, but this time with a Toyota GT86 acting as the celebrity track car. This may actually make the celebrity interview segment interesting as the stars will be at the wheel of a RWD, tail happy sports car. Expect more action on track. All 3 presenters will alternate between interviewing duties.
Top Gear Extra Gear will also continue under Rory Reid and Chris Harris. However this will likely remain on BBC 3 online.
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