Netflix is expected to announce a new deal with the BBC which will see the Chris Evans-fronted Top Gear compete for global eyeballs with Jeremy Clarkson’s new Amazon car show.
According to sources, the streaming giant and the Corporation’s commercial arm BBC Worldwide are close to finalising a deal which would see the new-look motoring show air on Netflix in the autumn. “It should happen imminently,” said the source.
Netflix already airs old episodes of the hit BBC2 show and has 75 million subscribers around the world.
As RadioTimes.com revealed last week, Evans’ new show is experiencing production problems which forced the team to cut the number of episodes in the first run from eight to six and to delay the premiere. Evans had announced a 8th May launch date but the new show is now expected to air on BBC2 on 22nd May.
If Netflix bags the series it would almost certainly be streamed in the autumn, which is when Clarkson, Hammond and May’s new series is due to begin.
The BBC and Netflix declined to comment, with a BBC spokesman describing the claims as “pure speculation”.