Jonathan Ross making pilot for “Top Gear-style” ITV film series

The new show will be "more entertaining" than the BBC's Film format, according to Ross's production company


Having already launched a new chat show on ITV1, Jonathan Ross is now eyeing a return to movie reviews, albeit with a distinctly different style to his former BBC1 series.


A non-transmission pilot for a new show fronted by Ross is currently in production, an ITV spokesperson told, and could feature celebrity guests, reviews and stunts. 

A source at Ross’s production company Hot Sauce – co-founded with his screenwriter wife Jane Goldman – said the ITV show would be similar in tone to BBC2 motoring-and-banter series Top Gear and have a far broader remit than BBC1’s Film programme.

“We’re trying to create a show that’s more than a pure critical review – more entertaining than that,” said the source. 

Ross parted company with the BBC in the aftermath of the Sachsgate affair, saying goodbye to Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and Film 2010. But a move to ITV saw him launch a new chat series, The Jonathan Ross Show, a manoeuvre he now aims to repeat with his movie offering.