Top Gear to launch new French version of show

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Top Gear to launch new French version of show
Hit British car series 'Top Gear' is coming to France. Photo: Ana Poenariu/AFP

France is going to get its own version of legendary British auto series Top Gear with the show set to hit the TV screens by next year.


Top Gear, whose presenters were actually banned from France's roads, is going to be recreated à la Française.

The BBC broke the news last week that filming will begin in the next couple of months in France for the world’s most watched show and its blend of caustic humour, fast cars and beautiful locales.

The show will be made in France by BBC Worldwide France for the broadcaster RMC Decouverte and will be screened next year.

Ironically the presenters of the show Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond were pulled over for speeding in France in 2013 and incurred a three-month driving ban.

But the run-in with the law didn't reduce the shows's interest in France. The BBC said the country’s fabulous beauty was key in the decision to film there.

“The French have some amazing roads and incredible scenery, which is why Top Gear UK has often filmed there,” Adam Waddell, a BBC Worldwide executive wrote in a statement.

"Now French petrol-heads are going to have their own version of the programme and I have no doubt that the hosts will bring their own personality and sense of humour to the new show. I can’t wait to watch it develop," he said.

BBC Worldwide France has produced other formats in the country including The Great Bake Off, The Weakest Link, Antiques Roadshow and Dancing with the Stars and the international version of Strictly Come Dancing



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