When the trio of Clarkson, Hammond and May left the BBC to set up shop at Amazon, it seemed as though Top Gear’s heyday was in the past, with presenter line-ups that didn't find quite the success with audience. In the five years since the infamous fracas that briefly left Jeremy, Richard and James in employment limbo, there have been no less than eight different presenters making up three different line-ups. Clearly then, the Top Gear has been through a bit of soul searching.

Last year, we saw the biggest change of presenters when Rory Reid and Matt Le Blanc left the show and were replaced by the two well-known faces of Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness. The switch from motoring journalists to pop culture personalities gave Top Gear a new lease of life with growing viewing figures.

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It’s not just the general public that likes the new format for the BBC’s motoring programme. Richard Hammond has recently gone on the record with TV magazine the Radio Times to praise the new trio’s chemistry. Well, sort of.

“I didn’t get to see it because I was travelling the whole time the series was on," Hammond said. "I gather it was well received and they’re getting into their stride, which is fantastic news. It sounds like they have a good chemistry. Ours took 20 years to get.”

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