Top rating ex-BBC Top Gear team Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are reuniting to create an all-new car show for Amazon Prime.
The announcement follows protracted speculation about Clarkson’s next move, after the controversy prone presenter was sacked by the BBC for punching a producer.
Many expected Clarkson and his car clique to fall into the admiring arms of Sky. That Clarkson has chosen a streaming TV service like Amazon Prime to launch his comeback says a great deal about the latter’s ambitions and willingness to spend (Clarkson’s wages alone are notoriously steep), as well as the changing perceptions held by TV talent about non-traditional broadcast options.
“I feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship,” commented Clarkson himself. The first show will go into production shortly and is scheduled to arrive in 2016. It will be produced by the trio’s long time executive producer Andy Wilman.
“Customers told us they wanted to see the team back on screen, and we are excited to make that happen,” says Jay Marine, vice president of Amazon Prime Video EU. “Millions of Prime members are already enjoying our ground-breaking original shows. We can’t wait to see what Jeremy, Richard, James and the team will create in what is sure to be one of the most globally anticipated shows of 2016.”