Chris Evans made an appearance on Saturday Kitchen this weekend, a BBC chat show. During an interview he confirmed the start date for the 23rd Season of Top Gear will be 8th May 2016. He also confirmed that filming had began, although details surrounding is co-hosts and the content of the first show are still top secret!
The 23rd Season of Top Gear will be the first of the modern era without the iconic trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. The show was thrown into turmoil earlier this year when Clarkson was involved in a “fracas” with a Top Gear producer which led to the BBC’s decision not to renew his contract.
Since then, Clarkson, May and Hammond have signed a contract with Amazon to produce a new series for its online Amazon Prime Instant platform. The BBC meanwhile have confirmed that Top Gear will continue with Chris Evans at the helm. While open auditions have been held to fill the two places, rumours suggest that show will ditch the old format with Evans as the sole presenter.
Chris Evans revealed that one of the first segments will see him travel over to the US in January. It was also confirmed that the first season will comprise of 16-episode. Of course, the 8th May 2016 start date is primarily for UK networks. It isn’t clear when or where Top Gear will be available for those watching from overseas.
Meanwhile, work is also ongoing for Clarkson and co. They have been spotted in Reliant Robbins and in Portugal with the LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and a Porsche 918 Spyder. The show is being produced by a new production company set up by Clarkson.