Prepare to receive a double dose of Top Gear as BBC has announced the revamped show will come bundled with a spin-off called “Extra Gear.”
Set to complement the overhauled Top Gear series, the new show will be hosted by Rory Reid and will air on BBC Three right after TG has aired on BBC Two. It’s being billed as a behind-the-scenes series of TG and each episode will bring 30 minutes worth of bonus footage, interviews, and additional clips recorded specifically for the show. This second show is going to be recorded at the same Top Gear studio and will also air on BBC America as well as BBC Brit.
Speaking about the announcement, Top Gear co-host and Extra Gear host Rory Reid said “The Top Gear fans are some of the keenest in the world and with this show I’m giving them a chance to really get a peek behind the curtain.” He went on to add “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.”
Coincidentally or not, the reveal was made just several hours after news emerged about an online platform entitled “DriveTribe” which is being funded by the former Top Gear trio. Starting this fall, it’s going to be the digital headquarters of Clarkson, May, and Hammond.
As a reminder, Top Gear UK will begin broadcasting on May 22 while the yet unnamed show for Amazon Prime is set for a fall premiere.