Amazon has announced that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will be reuniting to create “an all-new car show” that will be exclusively on Amazon Prime.
The new show will be produced by the old-time Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman and is scheduled to go into production “shortly.” It will apparently appear on screens in 2016. For what it’s worth, Jeremy Clarkson has said that the move makes him “feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship.”
The BBC motoring show came to an end of its current form after Jeremy Clarkson admitted to having punched a producer in the face. Clearly Jeff Bezos is more tolerant than the BBC. It’s probably a savvy financial move: Top Gear is the most watched factual program in the world, attracting a global audience of around 350 million people per year.
The move means that if you live in a country served by Amazon Prime video then you’ll have to pony up an annual fee to watch it. If you live somewhere without Prime service, though, you may still be able to tune in: the Wall Street Journal reckon that Bezos will license the show local broadcasters in other countries.