The BBC has announced that the new series of ‘Top Gear’ will have its own spin-off show, called ‘Extra Gear’.
The sister show will bring fans exclusive footage, interviews and behind-the-scenes access to the main show. Rory Reid, who has already been announced as one of the seven new ‘Top Gear’ presenters, will present the show.
‘Extra Gear’, which is set to begin in May, will be made available on BBC Three and will also be distributed on BBC Worldwide. The BBC has stated it will be shown directly after the main programme.
Commenting on his appointment, Reid said that ‘Extra Gear’ was “hugely exciting” as Top Gear fans were “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”.
Reid also added “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”.
Top Gear will return to BBC Two in May in its regular Sunday night slot. It will be the first series to air since the exit of Jeremy Clarkson, who departed the show last year, following an “unprovoked physical attack” on a producer.
‘Friends’ star Matt LeBlanc and Chris Evans have been confirmed as the new presenters of the main show, while Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan will all feature in the spin off show.
The BBC recently rushed to the defence of Chris Evans after claims he had a tendency to behave like a diva.
It was reported that he was prone to “violent outbursts”, but a spokesperson of the BBC soon rubbished the claims by remarking “He remains a team player, a huge asset to the BBC and continues to show outstanding leadership in all he does on radio, television and for Children in Need”.