Chris Evans reveals when Top Gear will return

The new host shared the revamped series' start date with James Martin on Saturday Kitchen

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Top Gear will relaunch on 8th May 2016, new presenter Chris Evans has revealed. 

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The radio and TV host shared the start date for the rebooted series during an appearance on Saturday Kitchen, telling James Martin the series would air just three days after filming wrapped on 5th May. 

He added that he’d “already started making the films, the films are good. We’re going to America to make our first inter-continental in January [and we’re] making another film next week.”

Evans – who hosts the Radio 2 Breakfast Show and has also been fronting a new series of TFI Friday on Channel 4 – was announced as the new presenter of the BBC2 car show back in June, following the exit of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. 

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The trio’s departure came after Clarkson was axed by the BBC back in March following his now-infamous “fracas” with Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon. They have since been signed up by Amazon to front three series of a new car show, starting in 2016, and have been touring stadiums around the world with their show Clarkson Hammond & May Live.