The BBC has revealed a long list of new hosts who will take to the wheel of its Top Gear motoring program in 2016.
Top Gear’s former hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have moved to host a new show for streaming service Amazon, and Top Gear fans have been speculating as to who would take over since the trio departed.
BBC Radio host Chris Evans was the first to be confirmed in the ‘hosting’ role, but the broadcaster has played its cards close in slowly revealing the personalities who will accompany Evans.
Earlier this year, Germany’s ‘first lady’ of the Nurburgring, Sabine Schmitz, and motoring journalist Chris Harris were also confirmed as presenters - and fans would have been forgiven for thinking the trio formula was to remain.
But instead, the BBC has now confirmed that three more faces will be seen on the show’s new version, including US actor Matt LeBlanc, UK journalist Rory Reid and former Formula 1 team owner Eddie Jordan.
The final team member will not be revealing his face, and is unlikely to communicate using the English language, as The Stig continues in his role as the tame racing driver.
Besides Evans, the BBC is yet to reveal the precise roles for each team member, or how often fans can expect to see them on air.
Also unclear is whether the show will continue along the same lines, somewhat, as its previous 22 seasons in the reborn format, or if viewers will see a complete reinvention.
All will be revealed in May, with pay TV channel BBC Knowledge to air the new season in Australia. Whether the Nine Network will continue to show episodes on free-to-air TV in 2016 or not remains to be seen.
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