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Top Gear: BBC boss admits she is 'terrified' about show's shake-up
The prospect of an unpredictable new version of Top Gear under Chris Evans is "terrifying", the head of BBC Two has admitted, saying "you don't quite know what's going to happen next".
Kim Shillinglaw, the controller of BBC Two, said there would be significant changes to the show under Evans, who takes over from Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.
Among the "really interesting" changes will see Dunsfold track supersized and a changing line-up of presenters still being masterminded by Evans.
Calling him "incredibly spontaneous", she said viewers would never know what would happen next.
Speaking at the Edinburgh International TV Festival, Shillinglaw also spoke about the ending of Clarkson's contract, saying it was "very sad" and exposed the "human frailties" of working in television.
When asked about the new series of Top Gear under Evans, she said she is "so excited and of course terrified".
"I really can't think of a person that better combines two things I think are really central to Top Gear: one is an absolute genuine passion for cars, but also being incredibly spontaneous, incredibly surprising.
"You don't quite know what's going to happen next.
"Watching someone who has that is always fantastic telly."
She added: "It's going to be different. There will be continuity, but it will be really different.