The BBC seems to be trying their best to keep their rebooted flagship show in everyone’s watch list, as the old Top Gear trio (Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May) has flocked onto greener Amazon pastures. The BBC recently released a Top Gear trailer showing frontman Chris Evans, puking, amongst other things, in anticipation of creating hype for the show. However, that trailer has been met with such cold Youtube reception. And not too long ago, the new Top Gear show filmed burnouts and drifting in front of the Cenotaph. That move caused massive controversy and anger from veterans and the general public. A lot of our readers seem to think this was a publicity stunt done by the BBC to drum up some interest.
Now the BBC made a shocking announcement stating the Top Gear series will come with a spin-off show called Extra Gear. The new side show is intended to bring “lots of behind-the-scenes content to your screen for the first time.” Extra Gear will be filmed at the Top Gear studio after the main show and will be presented by Rory Reid, the least popular co-presenter out of the bunch. The new show will showcase a “half an hour of exclusive new footage, interviews and specially recorded films.”
According to Rory Reid:
The Top Gear fans are some of the keenest in the world and with this show I’m giving them a chance to really get a peek behind the curtain.
I’m looking forward to showing them how the show is made and what goes on behind the scenes, giving viewers a different perspective on some of the coolest cars on the planet.
If you want to watch the show, Extra Gear will be broadcast on BBC Three or BBC iPlayer, immediately after Top Gear has aired on BBC Two. If you’re not in the UK, you can watch the new half-hour show and the new Top Gear on BBC America and BBC Brit.
The most important question is still: “Will people watch the show?” A lot of people already see the new Top Gear as a lost cause and a shell of its former self. Many believe the Top Gear brand went away when the Boys and their producer, Andy Wilman, signed an Amazon contract for an obscene amount of money. An extra half-hour may only appeal to those who has not been angered by the BBC. And let’s be honest, wouldn’t you rather watch more of this?
(Source: Top Gear)