The ‘Top Gear’ crew is coming to Amazon Prime

30 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Amazon Prime sign up former Top Gear trioLONDON (AP) — The former hosts of the BBC’s popular “Top Gear” program, who left amid scandal over an off-set dustup, have signed up to present a new car show for broadcaster Amazon Prime. The 55-year-old star had hosted the successful car series as a trio alongside Richard Hammond and James May until earlier this year when Jeremy was fired over punching a producer.

Amazon said Thursday that Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have committed to three series of the show, with the first to be broadcast in 2016. “Top Gear” has won a huge global following with its mix of car tips, driving stunts and jokey banter. It has since been confirmed Chris Evans is to take over the popular programme, but Jeremy isn’t missing out at it was revealed this morning that he will present with his pals once again on a show for Amazon Prime. Despite being shocked at the broadcaster’s decision not to renew his contract, Clarkson had said he was confident he would do another car show eventually. Well, the company has made a number of big moves recently in an attempt to propel Prime Video, its subscription TV and film content service, into the big time by signing up big names and winning big awards.

Amazon said the new show, to be overseen by the trio’s long-time executive producer Andy Wilman, will be available on its subscription streaming service Amazon Prime next year and will run for three seasons. An estimated 350 million viewers around the world tuned in to Top Gear each week to watch the three men review cars and try them out in madcap stunts, making it the world’s most popular factual television programme. Much of the appeal for fans was Clarkson’s straight-talking, “man of the people” approach, but critics condemned him as a boorish bigot and he was an increasingly controversial figure even before the altercation with a producer in March.

Clarkson had generated both controversy and profits for Britain’s publicly-funded broadcaster, and had been on a final warning over accusations last year he had used racist language while filming the show. My guess is that [Amazon Studios vice president] Roy Price will regret this.” Since then the BBC have brought the show home after it appeared on BBC America in April this year and the third series will air on BBC One tomorrow at 9pm. A Top Gear television crew was forced to flee Argentina after driving a Porsche 928 GT with the registration number H982 FKL, which some people suggested could have referred to the Falklands conflict. Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer and Prime, an internet streaming service similar to Netflix, offers subscribers access to thousands of films and television shows, including original content. It’s all about Jeffrey Tambor’s transgender character Maura Pfefferman, who was born Morton Pfefferman, and his family’s reaction after they find out he identifies himself as a woman.

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,” he said in a statement. The show has yet to be named, but London Evening Standard newspaper reports the deal sees a minimum of three series and that an Amazon insider calls the move a “significant investment”.

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