Amazon will launch its own version of Top Gear. The new show will have much in common with the original program broadcasted by BBC (including the hosts), but its format will be different. In addition to the former Top Gear’s hosts (Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond), online retail giant Amazon has also hired the show’s ex-producer Andy Wilman who had been the hidden power behind Top Gear for years.
The as yet untitled program will be available worldwide in 2016. It will be offered to Amazon’s Prime customers only (the cost of Prime UK in 2015, for instance, was £79 per year).
The program will be made available either week by week or – less likely – in a cache of shows that can be watched back-to-back. It will have studio segments and cover all the recent car news.
The contract includes three 12-episode seasons. Each season will run for an hour.
Amazon executives refused to discuss the controversial issues that had been the cause of the trio’s departure from BBC.