Top Gear will air the first episode of Series 23 on 29 May, a year and a month after the Clarkson, Hammond and May era concluded. The three amigos are now off to do their things on The Grand Tour, which is set to premiere this October.

In their place, six presenters take the reins of the most widely watched factual TV program in the world. The thing is, Top Gear is walking on a thin line. You see, the current lineup (Chris Evans, Chris Harris, Sabine Schmitz, Matt LeBlanc, Eddie Jordan, Rory Reid) has big shoes to fill. As simply put as possible, to be the most widely watched factual television program, you need three middle-aged buffoons.

Nevertheless, let’s look on the bright side of the fracas that brought the demise of the former format of Top Gear. More to the point, now we can spend our weekend watching two car shows instead of one. Sorry, Fifth Gear, you’re good but not that good. To make Series 23 happen, the six presenters have traveled more than 7,500 miles to nine countries over the course of eight months.

If you follow the TG channel on YouTube, then you are up to date with all the teasers the team put together to raise the hype around Series 23. The more eagle-eyed fans observed the omen: these teasers, including the extended trailer, racked up more negative reactions than thumbs-ups. Best of luck to the team and those higher-ups interested in ratings instead of… whatever attributes made former Top Gear so great.

Don’t forget that Extra Gear will provide a peek behind the curtain of every episode of Top Gear. Rory Reid is the man who will go live each Sunday on BBC Three right after Top Gear finishes airing on BBC Two. “I’m looking forward to showing them how the show is made and what goes on behind the scenes, giving viewers a different perspective on some of the coolest cars on the planet,” said Rory.

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