Top Gear set to return with a social distanced twist

The 29th series of the show will return soon, featuring a slightly changed format...

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the entertainment world, causing the delay of several high-profile movie releases and resulting in temporary shutdowns of screen productions. Top Gear however, being the show that seems to never stay dead (even after Chris Evans nearly beat it to death with his terrible presenting style), has continued filming, and now we can see how they managed to do it.

New photographs published on the show's official website reveal that instead of being filmed at its traditional studio at Dunsfold, Top Gear's 29th series has been filmed outside the infamous hangar, with 60 cars and 500 people watching first of five episodes being filmed over the course of three nights in a drive-in twist.

In another less-noticeable twist, the show will now be aired on the more mainstream BBC One rather than on BBC Two where the show has been aired for the last 18 years.

What can we expect this series? Well, our trio will go to Alexandria Palace in insurance write-off cars to do some epic stunts, we will get to see the results of Paddy McGuinness crashing a Lamborghini Diablo (probably due to being infected with Flintoff Never-Stops-Crashingnitus) and Freddie will attempt to do 200mph in an old 1990’s supercar.

Overall, I am excited for this series, considering the fact that the new trio have managed to win back favour of many people who were disappointed that previous line-ups could not match the chemistry created by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. What about you guys? What are your thoughts?

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Comments (5)

  • It would be good news when they decide NOT to return.

      1 month ago
  • Top Gear has been on BBC2 since 1977. The show existed long before the Clarkson, May and Hammond trio (Clarkson and May were separately presenters on the previous format as well).

      1 month ago
  • Top Gear vs. Grand Tour

    I prefer Grand Tour. Despite their shenanigans, Clarkson, May and Hammond are experienced motoring journalists with an understanding of engineering and superb chemistry. Offered a choice of an episode of either show to watch I’d take The Grand Tour.


    The current set of Top Gear presenters are an entertaining and fairly lovable bunch and, more to the point, they give us more shows to watch. I’d be cutting off my nose to spite my face if I refused to watch them. I prefer roast beef to spaghetti bolognaise, but I enjoy the spaghetti more often.

      1 month ago
  • I really like the current line-up. Top Gear is an entertaining show again and it doesn't feel forced anymore. I love The Grand Tour but it's great to have another car show to enjoy.

      1 month ago
  • I’ll let you know tomorrow evening once I’ve been to a filming.

      1 month ago


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