New series of Top Gear "has been delayed"


The new series of Top Gear has reportedly been pushed back by two weeks – meaning it will miss its May 8 premiere.

The show, headed up by Chris Evans, will now air instead on May 22 according to Radio Times. As well as airing slightly later than originally intended, it will also feature two fewer episodes than planned.

Reports say that the delay has been caused by "a number of factors", including Evans' lack of skill at presenting while driving at high speed, along with his filming schedule for TFI Friday. His car sickness incident has also reportedly been a problem.

Executive producer Lisa Clark's decision to leave the show after just five months also created a much bigger problem for the show, as did the large presenting line-up.

With six of the eight originally planned shows going to air, the Top Gear team will have to catch up later on in the year. Evans' contract includes a deal to make 16 episodes per year, meaning that he and the rest of the team will be hard-pressed to make up the rest of the shows.

The pressure is on for BBC bosses, who are reported to be worried about Top Gear running into the summer, therefore clashing with the Rio Olympics and the European Football Championship.

Another problem comes in the form of Jeremy Clarkson's new show, which launches on video streaming site Amazon Prime. Officials at the BBC are doing their utmost to avoid clashing with the programme – featuring co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond – when it goes online in autumn.