The former stars of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, have been spotted filming in the East End of London for material to be shown during their now re-branded tour.
The tour has had to be stripped of all BBC and Top Gear branding after Clarksons BBC departure and will instead be called Clarkson, Hammond and May Live.
The tour begins in Belfast later this month, the former BBC presenters will travel to Sheffield, then go global to far flung places such as Johannesburg, Norway, Melbourne, Sydney and finally back to London.
In a recent interview to promote the tour, Clarkson the trio were going on the road for the fans – a further poke in the side merely again confirming that the BBC made it’s viewership vastly unhappy by sacking Clarkson and pulling the show from the air mid way through the season, prompting over one million people to sign a protest petition requesting his reinstatement by the Beeb.It’s also been reported in the press recently that Clarkson, Hammond and May are discussing a potential move to ITV. The three presenters along with long standing producer and school friend of Clarkson, Andy Wilman, visited the home of channel director Peter Fincham in West London on Wednesday, the Mirror claimed.
ITV has previously said that it had “no real plans” to enter discussions with Clarkson after his contract was not extended essentially sacking him from Top Gear for his well publicised punching of a producer in a row over hot food.
ITV is rumoured to have altered its stance when it became clear that co-presenters May and Hammond would also be leaving the programme following Clarkson’s sacking.
BBC Worldwide thankfully has reached the compromise for the sake of the thousands of fans who had already bought tickets. The first of the shows will be in Belfast on May 22. There is no news on if the BBC owned image of the Stig will appear on the tour as of yet.
BBC executives are currently searching for a new presenting line-up in order to keep Top Gear going. Jodie Kidd, the former model, Philip Glenister, the Life on Mars actor, and Guy Martin, the motorbike racer and television presenter, are said to be first choice for the coporation.
Hopefully for the sake of all TG fans Clarkson, Hammond and May will be back on our screens together very soon.