Last Top Gear episodes to be screened
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Top Gear fans have been offered a glimpse of the last shows starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.
The BBC has published a 30-second video teasing interest in the final two episodes of what has become the world’s most popular television motoring show.
The episodes were shelved earlier this year when Clarkson was suspended after throwing a punch at a producer.
The BBC is reportedly trying to woe Hammond and May into continuing as Top Gear hosts, offering them lucrative contracts said to be worth more than $2million.
Clarkson is reportedly discussing a new show with American television firm Netflix.
In the meantime a new video promotes film made before Clarkson’s suspension and ultimate dismissal from the BBC.
The final episodes are to be screened on the BBC in coming weeks.
The video shows the trio in familiar territory, in a dramatic race across the countryside. They are wearing dinner suits for a challenge, with Clarkson saying the last to arrive “will be doing the after-dinner speech”.
In his Top Gear type-cast role, May says: “I think we might have lost sight of the rules of this race slightly.”
The BBC said the episode would feature two films. Hammond and May returned to the studios to record links for the programmes without Clarkson.
“In the first film, Jeremy, Richard and James immerse themselves in the lifestyle of the traditional classic car enthusiast,” said a spokesman.
“Armed with affordable classics including a Fiat 124 Spider, a Peugeot 304 Cabriolet and an MGB GT, the trio set off on an adventure that includes brown beer, breakdowns and a hair-raising classic car show.
“In the second film, Clarkson, Hammond and May try to become lifestyle leisure enthusiasts with the help of some incredibly cheap lifestyle leisure vehicles.
“Restricted to a maximum budget of £250, the trio buy three massive-mileage SUVs and then embark on a series of action-packed challenges that include battling with the Stig’s ‘Leisure Activity Cousin’ and a race with terrifying consequences for the loser.