The Stig set for return to new BBC1 motoring programme

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The Stig is set to make a return to our TV screens following the axing of popular car entertainment programme Top Gear by the BBC.

The famously anonymous driver will star in his own show, The Getaway Car, on Saturday nights. Its host will be Dermot O'Leary.

The show will see members of the public being pitted head-to-head behind the wheel of a car.

With the BBC owning the rights to both the Top Gear format and also The Stig, this will be the first time that the masked driver will have featured outside of the show starring Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

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Controller of the BBC Charlotte Moore told The Telegraph: "The Getaway Car is a really fun, new adrenaline-charged entertainment show for BBC One. It's very exciting to welcome both Dermot O'Leary and The Stig to Saturday nights on BBC One". The programme format rights will be owned by BBC Worldwide.

Each final round of the show will see competitors go up against The Stig. O'Leary told The Telegraph: "It's a warm show that will stretch a family's patience with those they love most in the world. I had a whale of a time doing the pilot and now can't wait to make the series."

The Getaway Car is due for broadcast on BBC One next year. The new series of Top Gear, hosted by Chris Evans, will also come to television screens in 2016. The new series of Top Gear will still feature The Stig, alongside two more as yet-undecided co-presenters.

Author - Jack Evans