Arguably the most anticipated of Amazon Prime’s original TV series, a new motoring show from Jeremy Clarkson’s Top Gear trio was announced on the platform last year. However, since that announcement, Amazon has kept details around Jeremy Clarkson’s new motoring show incredibly hush, including specific details about when the series will be available to stream on the platform.
However, as reported by Digital Spy, co-host James May has now confirmed to Reddit users that the series is currently penned in to see a release in fall 2016. However, he’s unable to provide any further details regarding the series’ release date at this time.
“The Autumn, or fall if you’re in the US. That’s as specific as I can be.”
The news of an Amazon Prime-streamed motoring show featuring Jeremy Clarkson, along with Top Gear co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May, first came in July 2015 following the trio’s departure from the BBC show. Also making the move over from the BBC to Amazon’s new motoring show is Andy Wilman, the original series’ producer and a close friend of Jeremy Clarkson.
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Since Amazon first confirmed the release back in July 2015, details around Jeremy Clarkson’s new series have been fairly thin on the ground. What we do know, however, is that the series will be available exclusively to Amazon Prime customers to stream later this year. Speaking about the show, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos described the deal as being “very, very, very expensive.”
There’s also been widespread speculation around what the trio will decide to call their Amazon motoring show, with Gear Knobs being flagged as a potential name for the series. At current, Amazon has confirmed that they’ve picked up the show for a total of 36 episodes over a period of three years. Should each season of the show take place over a total of 12 episodes and providing that each episode is around one hour in length, that’ll be a similar amount of content per year to the original Top Gear series.
According to the Independent, James May’s Reddit AMA also revealed further details about what the series will entail. James May told Reddit users that he, Jeremy Clarkson, and Richard Hammond were again essentially left to do as they please with this series.
For the BBC, Top Gear is a well-known brand across the globe, with the series being shown in a large number of countries and the live tour making an appearance in many of those same countries. However, when Jeremy Clarkson made his departure from the BBC last year along with his co-hosts, a shadow was cast over the future of Top Gear.
While many expected the BBC to drop the incredibly popular motoring show, it went on to confirm a series of replacement hosts for Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May. The new show is expected to be headed by Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc and will directly rival the new motoring show from Amazon when they both hit our screens later this year.
Amazon will certainly be hoping that the expensive new series from the much-loved Top Gear trio will provide a boost in subscriptions for their Prime service, with many turning away from the BBC show to instead watch the original trio. It will definitely be interesting to see Jeremy Clarkson going head to head with his former employer, and with rumours that Netflix could also be streaming the BBC series, this could quickly turn into a war of the streaming providers.
Amazon’s new motoring show, featuring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, will launch this fall.
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