Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

BBC's Top Gear return might have a few problems (aside from the obvious)


Good Evans - it sounds as if Top Gear 2.0 has hit the skids already.

According to The Guardian, the Clarkson-less new season of the Beeb’s flagship motoring show has been dealt a major blow with the loss of executive producer Lisa Clark, leaving less than five months since being drafted in ahead of the big relaunch.

With the start date frighteningly close - 8 May - Clark’s decision to leave the BBC and pursue “new projects” will not exactly be welcome news for those execs and crew members hoping to silence critics who've questioned whether the Beeb’s juggernaut franchise can survive without the former Holy dad trinity of Clarkson, Hammond and May.

Not least Evans himself. Having previously worked with Clark on The Big Breakfast, Evans had personally brought her onto Top Gear, even trumpeting her as “funny, sassy, super experienced” and someone “ who has always absolutely loved cars” when the announcement was first made that she'd replace Clarkson’s old school chum Andy Wilman, who of course also moved over to Amazon Prime.

In the meantime, seasoned Top Gear series editor Alex Renton will take charge of the role on an interim basis until a new appointment is announced in the New Year. 

“After an extremely busy five months I am moving on from Top Gear to new projects which I will be announcing in the new year,” said Clark. “I’d like to wish production all the very best with the show,” Clark said of the announcement.

Was the move spurred by creative differences? Have Amazon Prime dangled a five billion pound cheque in front of her to join the dark side? Will Chris Evans end up producing himself given he’s the  busiest man in telly?

Pretty much all we know is that this show has had more producers than hot dinners. And we remember how one of those turned out...



Hotel where Jeremy Clarkson punched producer unveils plaque


Partridge to present Xmas special of TFI Friday


Former Top Gear producer suing Clarkson & the BBC



Everything you can expect from Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror

What you need to know for Season 3

21 Oct 2016

Tom Cruise acted out his entire career with James Corden

A few good men who have all the right moves

by Tom Fordy
20 Oct 2016

This is the episode The Simpsons became shit

A scientific investigation into the slow, gradual death of a TV institution

by David Cornish
18 Oct 2016

'The One Where Chandler Dies' is the darkest Friends recut yet

Could this supercut BE any more existential?

by Joe Ellison
17 Oct 2016

League of Gentlemen could be making a 'Brexity' return

Mark Gatiss thinks Britain has become a "local country for local people"

by Tom Fordy
13 Oct 2016

Marvel meets the Wire: why everyone's talking about Luke Cage

Marvel's latest is breaking the internet

04 Oct 2016

Everything you need to know about Netflix’s Amanda Knox

The new Making A Murderer is here

29 Sep 2016

Awesome data breakdown of Simpsons characters by word count

Every Simpsons supporting character, ranked by words spoken

29 Sep 2016

Watch James Corden and Owen Wilson take on Usain Bolt in the 100m

Pretty much the race of the century

28 Sep 2016

Matt LeBlanc confirmed for two more series of Top Gear

Joey's taking the wheel for a while longer

by Paddy Maddison
26 Sep 2016