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BBC has enough footage for 'two episodes' of Top Gear but they may never be screened

Published 06/04/2015 | 11:30

Top Gear presenters Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May
Top Gear presenters Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May
Jeremy Clarkson leaving his London home on a bicycle last night
Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon
Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson is mobbed by journalists as he leaves an address in London, March 11, 2015
Driving Seat: The popularity of Clarkson, Hammond and May continues despite - perhaps because of? - their frequent non-PC remarks.

The BBC has enough footage for two final episodes of Top Gear, but they may never make it to TV, according to reports.

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The footage was shot before Jeremy Clarkson was suspended and then sacked from the programme.

Sources have reportedly revealed that there is enough footage for two episodes although it features Jeremy Clarkson.

There are also studio sequences missing and if these were to be shot now they would only include James May and Richard Hammond - leaving a gaping Jeremy Clarkson-sized hole, despite the fact he features in the rest of the footage.

A source told the Sunday People, “That would leave James May and Richard Hammond - if they decide to continue - back in the studio trying to link into the films.

“There is a feeling that this would look a little odd and is difficult to overcome. Jeremy’s presence in the films, but absence in the studio, is just too difficult to cover."

The final decision will rest with BBC 2 controller Kim Shillinglaw and director of programmes Danny Cohen.

Sources say the footage includes the three presenters driving around the countryside in classic convertibles and embarking on a challenge to see who can bag the best deal on a second hand SUV, as well as Clarkson driving three luxury limos.

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