Rumour: Top Gear Australia return?

Could Top Gear Australia be on the comeback trail?

Could Top Gear Australia be on the comeback trail?

TV Tonight hears whispers it is under discussion at the moment through BBC Studios Australia.

The Australian version originally ran on SBS for two seasons from 2008 with motoring columnist Warren Brown, MotoGP commentator Charlie Cox, and race driver / driving instructor Steve Pizzati -musician James Morrison replaced Cox in the second season. Guests included Vince Colosimo, Julia Zemiro, Jack Thompson, Shannon Noll, Claudia Karvan, Anh Do, H.G. Nelson & Gary Sweet.

By 2010 the show had moved to Nine, who acquired the UK series rights, with Shane Jacobson and Top Gear Australia magazine editor Ewen Page joining Steve Pizzati. It ran for 11 episodes (including an Ashes special with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond & James May).

Top Gear has spawned several international productions, including Russia, Germany, South Korea, France, China, Italy and the USA where it screens on a MotorTrend streaming app.

Top Gear (UK) now stars Paddy McGuinness, Chris Harris and Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff.

It’s not yet clear where a new Australian version may land, nor who would host. Any suggestions?

BBC Studios Australia declined to comment.

12 Responses

  1. Sonia Krugar, Shane Jacobson and Matt Shirvinton to host a family version of Top Gear for Seven and strip it to four days a week……

    Jokes aside, if it was on Ten (and possibly on Bold), could Mat White host it,if he wants to return to Ten, with presenter Scott McKinnon, and a comedian like Sam Pang and/or Peter Helliar,

  2. Do Nine/9Rush still have the rights to the UK version? When 7MateOnNine launched they were really pushing that they had Top Gear, but they haven’t aired the season from Oct/Nov last year or the season airing now in the UK

    Jeremy Clarkson for Aussie version: Sam Newman

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