Top Gear gets behind-the-scenes BBC3 spin-off Extra Gear

The new 30-minute show will be broadcast exclusively online after Top Gear airs on BBC2

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The BBC is puling out all the stops for the return of Top Gear this year, and now they’ve revealed that the show really is going to be bigger than ever because it’s getting its own behind-the-scenes spin-off (pun totally intended) on BBC3.

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Hosted by Rory Reid, Extra Gear will be filmed immediately after the main show (hosted by Chris Evans and Matt Leblanc) and promises to offer up a “whole load of extra content”. ‘What kind of extra content?’, we hear you ask.

Well, according to the official Top Gear website, it’ll be “half an hour of exclusive new footage, interviews, and specially recorded films.”

As it’s debuting on BBC3 you’ll only be able to watch Extra Gear via the live page on BBC3 or BBC iPlayer, immediately after Top Gear has aired on BBC2. Overseas viewers will be able to catch the show on BBC America and BBC Brit.

“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”, said Reid.

“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.”

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The first episode of Top Gear is expected to air on 29th May on BBC1 with a planned worldwide simulcast