BBC America is working on creating original programming (rather than rebroadcasted UK content) and one of their first shows will one hosted by Richard Hammond. Tentatively called “Hard Drive with Richard Hammond”, the show will feature Hammond driving “some of America’s toughest and most extraordinary vehicles”.
Also in the works is an American version of James May’s Man Lab, a show that has aired a few times in the UK.
As usual, there’s always some rumor about Top Gear coming to an end or somehow changing formats. The latest comes from a small comment James May made about Top Gear living on after the current hosts retire. This of course was blown out of proportion, so he went on a local radio station to clarify:
Besides talking about this weekend’s SIARPC and how the filming went, the latest post on the Top Gear Transmission blog also tells the story of how The Mole (the secretive person who manages the blog) saw James May driving home from the studio:
Sitting at a roundabout behind a Mercedes E500 and a Porsche 911 Carrera S – powerful cars both – it was hard to ignore a black Fiat Panda containing none other than TV’s James May which had drawn alongside them.
The roundabout cleared and Captain Slow made an uncharacteristically brisk leap away from the line, straight onto the knuckle whiteningly tight slip road that feeds into the A3.
The Porsche tried to pull out to get around a dithering Volkswagen ahead, the Mercedes clinging to its tail, but before either could make a move James had seized the advantage, taking the OUTSIDE LINE around all three cars and disappearing into the distance.
There can be only one conclusion. There is a keen and remarkably fast driver with a black Fiat Panda in the Guildford area and he looks a lot like James May.
So maybe Captain Slow isn’t really as slow as he sometimes makes out to be…
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