Top Gear Adds An Extra Gear

I'm looking forward to showing them what goes on behind the scenes and giving viewers a different perspective on some of the coolest cars on the planet.Rory Reid
Date: 27.04.2016     Last updated: 27.04.2016 at 00.01
BBC Three and BBC Worldwide have co-commissioned Extra Gear, a new Top Gear show presented by Top Gear host Rory Reid (pictured).

Filmed at the famous Top Gear studio, each week Extra Gear will bring fans exclusive new footage, interviews, specially-recorded films and behind-the-scenes access to Top Gear.

Fans will be able to get closer to the action than ever before with Extra Gear, which will be available to view on BBC Three’s live page and BBC Three on iPlayer straight after Top Gear finishes on BBC Two.

BBC Worldwide will distribute Extra Gear to international broadcasters including BBC America and BBC Brit, where it will air alongside the new series in May.

Rory Reid says: “Extra Gear is hugely exciting. The Top Gear fans are 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. 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."

Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three, says: “Top Gear has always been a favourite with BBC Three fans so I’m delighted we can give them something new and innovative from BBC Three. BBC Three will allow fans to get closer to the Top Gear action and feel part of the show.”

Adam Waddell, Global Director of Top Gear at BBC Worldwide, says: “For the first time ever we are able to bring our fans around the world more access to the world of Top Gear than they have ever had and realise a long-held ambition to offer more original content from this globally successful show.”

Notes to Editors
The new series of Top Gear returns to BBC Two in May in its regular Sunday night slot and Extra Gear will be available immediately afterwards.

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