A Date And A Time For Our Diaries As Top Gear’s Transmission Details Are Announced

A Date And A Time For Our Diaries As Top Gear’s Transmission Details Are Announced

After what has been a rather painful public gestation, the time and date for Top Gear’s return to our screens has at last been locked by the BBC’s programme planners. Hurray!

Next Sunday – May 29 – is the day and 8pm is the time, with BBC Two being the channel (of course).

Here’s the latest amusing teaser for the six-part series of one-hour programmes, showing host Chris Evans and presenter Matt LeBlanc as they go car shopping:

And here’s an extended trailer that was released a week ago:


The team also comprises ex-F1 team boss Eddie Jordan, world-record-breaking racing driver Sabine Schmitz, motoring journalist and YouTube petrolhead Chris Harris plus car reviewer and TV presenter Rory Reid, and they’ll be undertaking a series of on- and off-road challenges: chauffeuring superstar musicians to the top of Africa in 4x4s, journeying across Britain in roofless three-wheelers, hitting the Rolls-Royce campaign trail in western Ireland and battling off-road baddies in a car made of scaffolding.

In addition, there’ll be tests of the very latest cars, from Ferrari’s fearsome F12 TdF to the McLaren 675LT, from BMW’s pugnacious M2 to the screaming Aston Martin Vulcan – plus, of course, celebrities tackling the all-new test track every week and the return of Top Gear’s enigma wrapped in a riddle inside a race suit: The Stig.

Needless to say, we’ll be avidly tuning in for series 23, and we wish it well for its birth and future. Oh, and don’t forget the spin-off show Extra Gear, which immediately follows it on BBC Three and will be fronted by Reid.

In the meantime, here are some facts about the new series for all you info-hungry fans:

  • The team have filmed in nine countries and on four continents, covering more than 7,500 miles between them
  • Filming temperatures ranged from 35 degrees Celsius (in South Africa) to -5 degrees Celsius (in America)
  • The golden envelopes have been replaced by golden phones
  • The public auditions saw more than 6,000 30-second clips submitted
  • LeBlanc is the first American presenter of the show, although he presented a standalone spin-off of the main show called Top Gear: The Races, broadcast in the USA. He also drove around the Top Gear track in a Kia Cee’d, achieving 1:42.1 – the fastest celebrity time recorded on the show

Bring it on, we say!

Main picture shows, from left, Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz, Matt LeBlanc, Chris Evans, The Stig, Chris Harris and Rory Reid

Picture credit: BBC Worldwide

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