There’s a brand new series of Top Gear heading our way this week – but it’ll be a bit shorter than fans are used to.
Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris are on the road again for the 30th instalment which begins on Sunday, with the new series cut to four episodes following to issues arising during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The 29th series was five episodes long, and the one before that featured six.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Paddy said that they’ve already started to put together ideas for future series after the show was cut short.
‘It had its difficulties this one, and that’s why we could only do four,’ Paddy said about the new episodes.
‘We’re already starting to look at the next series and, fingers crossed, hopefully the restrictions will start easing and we will have a bit more license. Who knows, we might even be able to do a trip abroad again.’
He added: ‘It’s good to be back with the boys again. It’s a pleasure, and we’ve kind of found our stride and we just keep trying to improve every series.’
Things will look a little different on the programme this year, with the show being filmed without a studio audience for the first time ever.
Top Gear was forced to vacate its home at the Dunsfold race track for the first time since being rebooted in 2002 to record links for its studio elements. Instead, the show shot its links during a two-night record at the BBC’s former home, the Television Centre in west London
The new episodes will see the hosts pay tribute to some of the iconic Bond movie cars, be dragged along runways at 80mph and take an emotional drive through the Lake District in their dads’ cars.
For Freddie, it’s a pleasure to be back.
‘Having the break and then coming back, you have this newfound appreciation that you have didn’t in the first place,’ he said.
‘But you just feel so lucky that you’re working and we’re doing stuff that we actually enjoy and we have a laugh doing it. We’re so fortunate.’
The three presenters filmed the series in a bubble across the UK. Did they get on each other’s nerves in the new filming in the intense set-up?
‘We don’t need a bubble for that,’ Paddy laughs. ‘When I first heard about the two meter rule, I was welcome. I thought: “Good, we should stick with this.” But it’s good to be back with the boys again.’
Paddy also believes that as the trio head into their fourth series together, they’re more comfortable than ever, and hitting their stride on the show.
‘I think all three of us right from the first series have been ourselves,’ he said. ‘You can’t not be yourself, when you spend that much time together. And you do these long hours, so you can’t pretend to be someone you’re not.’
He added: ‘As each series has gone on, we’ve got more and more comfortable with each other. With the stuff we’ve been through, you can open up a little bit more.
‘I think collectively, not just us three, but everyone is starting to get to know what everyone else is doing,’ Freddie added. ‘I think we are getting better.’
Top Gear returns on Sunday at 8pm on BBC One.
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