Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond may be still looking for new jobs, but the show will go on for BBC Two’s Top Gear. A trailer of a special episode has been released online.
The Beeb’s 30-second Top Gear trailer was released on YouTube and shows the trio getting up to their usual mischief. This time, all three are wearing dinner suits in off-roaders for a race, with whoever comes last tasked with making the after dinner speech. Naturally, carnage ensues.
A BBC spokesman said: “Restricted to a maximum budget of £250, the trio buy three massive-mileage SUVs and then embark on a series of action-packed challenges that include battling with The Stig’s ‘leisure activity cousin’ and a race with terrifying consequences for the loser.”
There is also a second film that involves living as a classic car enthusiast. The BBC added: “Armed with affordable classics including a Fiat 124 Spider, a Peugeot 304 Cabriolet and an MGB GT, the trio set off on an adventure that includes brown beer, breakdowns and a hair-raising classic car show.”
Reports say the episode was cobbled together from numerous pre-recorded films and May and Hammond at the Top Gear headquarters – albeit without a live studio audience.
With May and Hammond still as yet to renew their contracts, assuming they do at all, Top Gear’s future is uncertain and so this special episode may well be the last as we know it. The BBC never renewed Clarkson’s contract after he got into a ‘fracas’ with BBC producer Oisin Tymon and the show’s future has been in turmoil ever since.
All we know is that the special episode is “coming soon” and that the hunt for a Clarkson replacement is in full swing. May previously ruled out returning to Top Gear without its head man, saying it would be “lame”, leading to claims the trio may end up on a rival broadcaster or Netflix.
Clarkson will be back on screens later this week on the anniversary special of TFI Friday, which is hosted by petrolhead Chris Evans. Evans was said to be a potential candidate to replace Clarkson, but flat-out denied the allegation.