The controller of BBC2 has confirmed that footage from episodes of Top Gear cancelled in the wake of the Jeremy Clarkson ‘fracas’ will be broadcast later this year – including segments featuring the axed star.
Clarkson’s contract was not renewed after his much-publicised physical and verbal attack on a producer, but BBC2 chief Kim Shillinglaw stated this week: “Jeremy will be back on the BBC.”
Shillinglaw confirmed that the popular TV show would return in a revised format, and that footage from the cancelled episodes – including those scenes featuring Clarkson – would not be wasted.
“There is no way I would not want the available material not to be seen by viewers,” she said. “You'll see it when it's on air.
“It will certainly be this year and probably this summer.”
Mystery over future format
Shillinglaw refused to comment on speculation that a female presenter would replace Clarkson, and neither whether regular faces Richard Hammond and James May would be returning to the show.
She added: “We have got to move the show on. That’s what we are going to do.”