Well, finally the news we’ve all been waiting for – ex Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have finally signed up to present a new show – with the winner being the streaming provider Amazon.
The trio have signed on for three series of a new unnamed motoring programme for Amazon Prime, with the first season to be made available worldwide in 2016.
Along for the ride is former Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman, who also quit the BBC following the boy’s departure post fracas.
In a statement from Amazon, Clarkson said: “I feel like I’ve climbed out of a biplane and into a spaceship.”
Hammond said: “Amazon? Oh yes. I have already been there. I got bitten by a bullet ant.” And May added: “We have become part of the new age of smart TV. Ironic, isn’t it?”
Amazon Prime Video EU vice-president Jay Marine said: “Customers told us they wanted to see the team back on screen, and we are excited to make that happen. 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.”
Rumours have been circulating for months that the boys would take their unique brand of cars and humour to a US based streaming provider, with many predicting Netflix would be the winner. But Amazon is also a smart choice, as they don’t have to bow to pressure from advertisers, particularly American car manufacturers which the boys regularly poke fun at.
Most importantly, it also gets around the clause in the boy’s BBC contracts, which prevented them making a show for a UK broadcaster for two years. The signing of Clarkson & Co. also comes as a shot to the arm of Amazon’s streaming service, as it competes with streaming rivals such as Netflix. Amazon has also signed up Woody Allen to make his first television series; resurrected drama Ripper Street after it was axed by the BBC; and won awards and acclaim for its dark comedy Transparent.
Mr Marine said “Our approach is to give programme makers creative freedom to be innovative and make the shows they want to make. This is just the start, you should expect to see more world-leading talent and the biggest shows on Prime Video.”
Exciting news, wouldn’t you say? We’re waiting with bated breath.