Readers pick a female Top Gear team

The results of a readers' survey into which women presenters could replace the all-male Top Gear team


Top Gear fans will be celebrating the return of the series to BBC2 this Sunday. The nation’s favourite motoring show is beloved of lads and ladettes alike, yet it features an all-male presenting line-up. So what if Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May were replaced by members of the opposite sex? Who would you put in the driving seats?


In a recent survey on, we asked you to name your ultimate female TG trio. 1,793 of you responded. So who did you choose?

To stand in for Clarkson – “The Bossy One” – you picked acid-tongued Weakest Link host Anne Robinson, closely followed by deadpan comic Jo Brand.

Fearne Cotton would be your Top Gear eye candy – replacing Richard Hammond, “The Cute One” – only slightly ahead of former Doctor Who star Billie Piper.

And taking the place of James May – “The Thoughtful One” – on the winners’ rostrum would be Joanna Lumley.

Meanwhile, some less popular – but no less intriguing – suggestions included Ann Widdecombe and Katie Price as Clarkson, Alexa Chung or Sandi Toksvig as Hammond and The Apprentice’s Margaret Mountford and TV nun Sister Wendy Beckett as May.

The top ten choices for each presenter were as follows:

Jeremy Clarkson – The Bossy One

1. Anne Robinson
2. Jo Brand
3. Janet Street-Porter
4. Sara Cox
5. Ruby Wax
6. Davina McCall
7. Denise Van Outen
8. Sharon Osbourne
9. Vanessa Feltz
10. Trinny Woodall

Richard Hammond – The Cute One

1. Fearne Cotton
2. Billie Piper
3. Cheryl Cole
4. Myleene Klass
5. Suzi Perry
6. Amanda Holden
7. Vicki Butler-Henderson
8. Dannii Minogue
9. Natasha Kaplinsky
10. June Sarpong

James May – The Thoughtful One

1. Joanna Lumley
2. Carol Vorderman
3. Fiona Bruce
4. Jodie Kidd
5. Kate Humble
6. Gabby Logan
7. Kirsty Young
8. Christine Bleakley
9. Mariella Frostrup
10. Kirsty Wark


So, do you think Robinson, Cotton and Lumley would be worthy replacements for Clarkson, Hammond and May? If not, which women do you see as the boys’ female counterparts? Post a comment below and let us know.