Amazon Signs Clarkson, Hammond and May for New Motoring Show
It’s official. After endless speculation about the future of former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, it was today confirmed the trio will reunite to make a new car show for Amazon Prime Instant Video.
Clarkson, Hammond and May have signed a three-series deal, with the first of these series set to go into production “soon.” Its release is scheduled for 2016. The new series will be exclusive to Amazon Prime members.
Speaking about working with Amazon, Clarkson said: “I feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship.”
Richard Hammond added: “Amazon? Oh yes. I have already been there. I got bitten by a bullet ant.”
James May said: “We have become part of the new age of smart TV. Ironic, isn’t it?”
Amazon is, of course, about as far away from the BBC as a television provider can get. Amazon Prime offers members the largest selection of any subscription streaming service in the UK. It costs users a hefty £79 annually, but also includes access to music streaming, unlimited photo storage and access to 800,000 Kindle books to borrow. In addition, Amazon Prime users can get free one-day delivery on all items ordered from the online giant.
Jay Marine, the Vice President of Amazon Prime Video EU, said: “Customers told us they wanted to see the team back on screen, and we are excited to make that happen.”
“Millions of Prime members are already enjoying our ground-breaking original shows. We can’t wait to see what Jeremy, Richard, James and the team will create in what is sure to be one of the most globally anticipated shows of 2016.”