Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May choose Amazon Prime as home of new motoring show


Former hosts of BBC Two’s “Top Gear” Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May confirmed that they are all signed up to a brand new show for the online streaming service, Amazon Prime.

The trio will have three seasons for the yet-to-be-named show, with 12 episodes each that will run for roughly 60 minutes. However, instead of uploading the entire season at once, there will be a weekly release per episode, Digital Spy reports.

Joining them is Clarkson’s friend and Top Gear former executive producer Andy Wilman.

Talking to Radio Times, Wilman said that he hopes they will start filming when the presenters return from their summer holiday, “We want to be on air next autumn, so we’ll come back from our break and get cracking on it.”

The producer also confirmed the rumors that his previous contract, as well as Clarkson’s, has a clause that prevents them from working with another traditional broadcaster until 2017. He said that they were not considering ITV before, but “in the end it all happened very quickly” after some discussions between parties.

When asked why they decided to go with Amazon, Wiman answered, “There are three reasons really. They’ll give us the freedom to make the programmes we want and you know how we love that freedom there’s a budget to produce programmes of the quality we want and this is the future. So it’s exhilarating to be part of that future.”

He also teased that the format and some themes of the upcoming series may be familiar with viewers of Top Gear as they will also headline a motoring show.

According to BBC, Clarkson moved to another network when his contract was not renewed after an incident with another Top Gear producer. When he left the show, Hammond and May followed suit.

The first season is expected to come out in 2016 exclusively for subscribers of Amazon Prime.