When does Top Gear 2020 start? – The Sun

THE nation's favourite car show is back on our TV screens for its 29th series.

And Top Gear is expected to be more daring than ever with Paddy McGuinness revealing that him and his co-presenters almost died during filming.

When will the 29th series of Top Gear begin?

The new season kicks off on October 4 – the show will air on BBC One rather than BBC Two.

Filming on the series, including several overseas trips, was underway before the pandemic hit but was put on hold as production stalled across the industry.

Earlier in the year, showrunner Clare Pizey said: “It does look like most of our filming will be in the UK.

“Luckily for us, we had filmed some international and domestic mayhem before the lockdown started, and already have some really funny footage — footage that we absolutely could not film now with all three presenters in a car together."

While filming the new series, host Paddy McGuinness lost control of a £250,000 Lamborghini on 16 June, 2020.

A BBC spokesman said: “During Top Gear filming in North Yorkshire today presenter Paddy McGuinness’s car skidded and left the road, coming to an almost immediate stop.

"Paddy was quickly taken to the production unit base for medical checks and is unhurt.

"No other vehicles were involved and the Police, who had been monitoring filming, were quickly on the scene to assist."

Fans can watch previous episodes of Top Gear on BBC iPlayer and Dave.

Who will be hosting the 29th series?

The new series of Top Gear will have the same hosts as the previous series.

This includes Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff, and Chris Harris.

Paddy McGuinness is a TV presenter and comedian and is best known for hosting popular dating show Take Me Out.

Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff is an English cricketer, famous for his role in the 2005 Ashes.

Chris Harris is a journalist who writes reviews on cars, making him a perfect fit for the role.

German race car driver Sabine Schmitz also makes regular appearances as a host.

Who are the previous hosts?

Top Gear had a reshuffling of hosts after the classic trio Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond left the BBC show to film The Grand Tour with Amazon.

The show has had 12 hosts to date.

  • Paddy McGuinness, 2019–present
  • Andrew Flintoff, 2019–present
  • Chris Harris, 2016–present
  • Sabine Schmitz, 2016–present
  • Rory Reid, 2016–2019
  • Matt LeBlanc, 2016–2019
  • Eddie Jordan, 2016–2018
  • Chris Evans, 2016
  • James May, 2003–2015
  • Richard Hammond, 2002–2015
  • Jeremy Clarkson, 2002–2015
  • Jason Dawe, 2002

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