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Top Gear trio confirmed for Amazon Prime car series, coming 2016

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The ex-hosts of BBC’s Top Gear television series have signed a deal with Amazon for a new car show.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May have all agreed to present the new series, which will air exclusively on the Amazon Prime streaming service.

It’s due to air for the first time next year, and will be produced by Andy Wilman, a former Top Gear executive.

The web has been awash with rumours of a new show from the hosts for a while, with Netflix, Channel 4, and ITV all tipped to have been in the running.

Clarkson’s Top Gear contract was scrapped earlier this year after he hit show producer Oisin Tymon during an argument about catering arrangements.

His co-hosts Hammond and May refused to continue the show without Clarkson, which gave Amazon a chance to poach the trio.

“As well as the substantial financial rewards on offer, the three are said to have been attracted by a pledge by Amazon to give them a free creative rein to make the shows they want,” reads an Evening Standard report.

Following the announcement of the deal, Clarkson said: “I feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship.”

The new deal reportedly commits the presenters to at least three seasons of the show, which is currently unnamed. Production is set to begin in autumn.

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Jay Marine, Amazon Prime Video EU’s VP, said: “Customers told us they wanted to see the team back on screen, and we are excited to make the happen.”

He added: “We can’t wait to see what Jeremy, Richard, James and the team will create in what is sure to be one of the most globally anticipated shows of 2016.”

To watch the new show, you’ll need to sign up to Amazon’s £79-per-year Prime subscription service.

As well as giving users access to Amazon Instant Video, you’ll also get free one-day Amazon deliveries in the UK and an Amazon Prime Music membership.

iFrank

July 30, 2015, 12:19 pm

They wil personally make a lot of wonga for three seasons certainly.

I can't believe the show will pull five million viewers in the UK ever again.
Must be the global reach that makes it viable.

Spike Black

July 30, 2015, 3:37 pm

Hammon is definitely dying his hair, nearly as bad as Noel Edmonds.

Bugblatter

July 30, 2015, 6:23 pm

And this is why I want streaming service to be content-agnostic broadcasters, not content producers.

Having said that I doubt I'll watch it, even though I have Prime.

Mavis Beacon

July 30, 2015, 11:59 pm

Following the announcement of the deal, Clarkson said: “I feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship.”
I think he will find he has instead, climbed into the Titanic.

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