New-look Top Gear delayed, again
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Chris Evans's new-look version of Top Gear will finally hit screens on May 29 - three weeks after it was due to be aired.
The revamped show has been dogged by controversy since Evans agreed to front the programme following Jeremy Clarkson's sacking.
Speaking on TV earlier this year, Evans said the show would first be aired on May 8, but Sunday came and went without fans seeing the new team in action.
It was announced last night that the first show in the new series will be shown in the UK on May 29, three Sundays from today.
An announcement on the show's website stated: 'The wait is nearly over! Top Gear will return to your screens on 29th May.
'Your Sunday nights can return to normal, then. Filming has taken place in nine countries over eight months, the six new presenters racking up over 7,500 miles.'
The announcement came after Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond revealed that their new programme on Amazon would be called The Grand Tour.
The trio were banned by the BBC from using either the words 'Top' or 'Gear' in the name of their new Amazon series.
Fans of the old show were largely underwhelmed when the name of the new programme was finally revealed yesterday.
But others have suggested it may be a way of undermining the ban on using Top Gear in the title.
iewer Kitsune Hazard tweeted: 'Just realized the brilliance of the new show name from Clarkson, May, and Hammond. The Grand Tour, or TGT...aka Top Gear Two.'
Jonathan Washaya added: 'Top Gear Two = TGT. The Grand Tour = TGT. Hmmm...'
And website user Kevin Bru posted: 'So the new show is called #TheGrandTour... TGT for short. TGT... Top Gear..Two? :|'
The name of the new show was unveiled yesterday by Vice President of Amazon Video, Jay Marine.
He said: 'After nine months of deep thought, debate and deliberation, the guys have come up with a name that reflects the global ambition of the new show.
'The Grand Tour will be one of the most anticipated TV launches ever, and we're excited to be bringing it to Amazon Prime customers around the world this autumn.'
Programme bosses say that the studio will be a big tent which will be taken to a different location each week to record with an audience. A series of 12 shows will begin later this year.
The hosts will then film pre-recorded segments reviewing cars and completing challenges, as they used to do on Top Gear.
The name references the Grand Tourer, a type of luxury sports car used for long journeys and the English word for gran turismo, the Italian word for the same type of car which has become a popular computer game.
Clarkson said: 'We'll be travelling the world hosting each episode in a different country, from a giant tent. It's a sort of grand tour, if you like. So we've decided to call it The Grand Tour.'
A new Facebook page was also opened, which contains a video scrolling through crossed-out name suggestions including Watcher Of The Skies, A Small Puddle Of Excellence and Automates.