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The first Top Gear trailer has arrived in all its weird glory

The first Top Gear trailer has arrived in all its weird glory

When Top Gear returns to the BBC on May 22, 2016, it’s going to be a divisive show. It’s recent history has already reached the level of infamous, with the primary host Jeremy Clarkson being fired, and his co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May electing to follow him to a new show on Amazon Prime. Maybe even more importantly, the show’s longtime producer, Andy Wilman, also left to join the original trio.

That left the BBC with the daunting task of rebuilding and rebranding one of the most popular programs in the world from the ground up. If the first trailer is any indication though, it won’t be a radical departure for the show.

The refreshed Top Gear will feature a new host in British TV presenter and radio host, Chris Evans. He will be joined by American TV star Matt LeBlanc, along with a fairly sizable stable of new presenters. It’s still not exactly clear how this timeshare will work, but regardless of who is on screen the trailer below suggests that it will otherwise be business as usual, with the show really stretching the definition of what it means to be a “motoring” program.

The trailer even looks like Top Gear. Over the years the show has developed a unique style, blending artful cinematography and action shots, alongside bizarre and often hilarious antics. Check, check, and check.

Will it be enough to make people forget that this is basically a new show built on the bones of an older one? Will fans take sides between Top Gear and the Amazon Prime show starring the former Top Gear hosts? Will Matt LeBlanc be referred to as Joey?!

We’ll find out soon enough. Except for that last one. That one’s pretty much a given.



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