Turning to Dave for re-runs of old Top Gear seemed to be the grim reality facing all us motoring lovers just a few weeks ago. Because not only had the BBC let Clarkson go and let Hammond and May leave, but the ex-Top Gear hosts signed BBC contracts that prevented them from making another motoring show for a UK broadcaster.
Thankfully, Amazon has saved our souls from the torment of Chris Evans by signing the trio up for a brand new as-of-yet unnamed motoring show. The new series will launch on Amazon Prime next year at the cost of £79 per year, or £5.99 per month. There’s been mixed responses to this, with some folk apparently ‘angered’ by it. But let’s get real – if you love Clarkson, and you love cars, £5.99 per month is a small price to pay. Plus, you get free next-day delivery on thousands of Amazon products. Quite the bonus.
Of course, we are not here to sell Prime. We are here to sell the latest Jeremy Clarkson news with the upcoming show.
So what do we know?
The show will be ‘seriously well-funded’ with ‘no commercial breaks’
Good news! Early reports suggest that the new show won’t be a cheap Top Gear knock-off or even close to the shambles of Fifth Gear. Speaking about the new deal in his column for The Sun, Clarkson said that Amazon’s bosses had put him and his co-presenters in the driving seat, “to make what will be a seriously well-funded, British-based show”. From this, we can safely presume that the quality of the show will be extremely high.
The show will be what the later seasons of Top Gear should have been
Top Gear got progressively worse as time went on, in our opinion. It started to focus too much on entertainment, and it lost its original focus. The latest Jeremy Clarkson news is around that the new show appears as though it will be what the later seasons of Top Gear should have been, with Amazon Prime bosses reported as telling the trio “Just make the show you wanna make, guys”. So it looks like Clarkson, Hammond and May will have free creative reign.
This is also backed up by what Andy Wilman has been saying (for the record, Wilman is the show’s former executive producer), who said in an interview with RadioTimes, “They’ll give us the freedom to make the programs we want — and you know how we love that freedom — there’s a budget to produce programs of the quality we want, and this is the future. So it’s exhilarating to be part of that future”.
There will be cars, and lots of them
It is a given, really. No cars, no show. Could Amazon’s car show kick off with the latest Jeremy Clarkson news when he tried to get sorted in the last series of old Top Gear, the P1 vs. 918 vs. LaFerrari? Or will Amazon kick the series off with something totally new? One can only speculate. What you can be sure of though is that there will be cars, and lots of them.
Interestingly, the format for the new show may have shades of old Top Gear. “It’s a motoring show and there will be themes people will be familiar with”, said Wilman in his interview with RadioTimes. You can bet that there’ll be a bigger focus on cars, though.
The show won’t be as popular as old Top Gear
Amazon refuses and will continue to refuse to say how many people will watch its new car show (honestly, they probably don’t even know), but given that Top Gear on the BBC had a massive audience of up to 350 million people across over 100 countries, it’s safe to presume that Amazon’s new car show will not get as high ratings. But then, this is no indicator that the show isn’t any good. It’s more of an indicator that Amazon Prime is less accessible.
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