It’s been almost two months since Jeremy Clarkson was suspended from Top Gear for punching producer Oisin Tymon over a plate of cold food. Since then, his contract has not been renewed meaning he has left the BBC, followed by his co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May. The show’s co-creator Andy Wilman has also made an exit, leaving the BBC with four very big spaces to fill.
However, in the wake of sackings and resignations, it looks as though the show’s bosses are well on their way to rebuilding the world’s most successful motoring programme.
According to a report in today’s Sunday Express, Top Gear head honchos are in advanced talks with three well known stars – Life On Mars actor Philip Glenister, Classic Car Show’s Jodie Kidd and Channel 4 presenter Guy Martin.
The report says that it was actually the aforementioned Andy Wilman who was overheard describing the new line-up while having lunch with Jamiroquai singer and car nut, Jay Kay, in Sussex, earlier this week. It is thought that the show will be back on our screens next spring at the earliest.
Jodie Kidd’s name has been mentioned several times since Clarkson was sacked, and it’s a well known fact that she owns a number of expensive cars, as well as being one of the fastest round the Top Gear track in the Reasonably Priced Car.
Philip Glenister is best known as 70s detective Gene Hunt from Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes, but he also hosts a show called For the Love of Cars on Channel 4, where he restores classics. Guy Martin presents Channel 4 show Speed, where his mission is to break the world’s strangest speed records. His most recent TV escapade, entitled Our Guy In India, saw him travel across the densely populated Asian country on a old Royal Enfield motorbike.
What do you make of the potential new line up?
Will it be better than the old one? (I know I know)
Have your say below…..