Australia is the first country in the world to secure the rights to make a local version of the show. It will be made by production company Freehand which has produced Missing Persons Unit, Honey We’re Killing the Kids and Celebrity Joker Poker.
“This is fantastic news for SBS, for Top Gear fans and for Australian audiences,” SBS director of content Matt Campbell said.
SBS has also secured the original series for further runs, despite other networks clamoring for it.
“In making it we won’t simply replicate the UK series with an Australian version of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond or James May,” said Campbell.
Host Jeremy Clarkson said, “I’m delighted that Top Gear is going to Australia. Maybe the first guest could by Jonny Wilkinson” referring to Britain’s rugby player and World Cup hero.”