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Top Gear's James May back at BBC with show on car industry

Robert Dex

Published 20/06/2015 | 11:23

Richard Hammond and James May
Richard Hammond and James May

At least one former Top Gear host is back behind the wheel at the BBC after the corporation announced that James May will present a new show about the car industry.

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May is teaming up with Kate Humble and car designer Ant Anstead on the show that will broadcast live from one of Britain's busiest motor manufacturers.

Two 90-minute episodes will focus on the work of BMW's Mini plant in Oxford where a car is built every 67 seconds.

Building Cars Live will look at how cars are made around the world and explore how robotics is changing the industry.

Jeremy Clarkson with May and Hammond
Jeremy Clarkson with May and Hammond

May said: "I can't wait to build a car. Live."

Anstead has been designing and building bespoke cars since he was a child.

May's former Top Gear colleague Jeremy Clarkson claimed yesterday he was offered a sensational return to the hit show, days after his former job was given to Chris Evans.

The journalist axed in March for punching Irish producer Oisin Tymon in a row over a steak dinner, told the Sun he met an unnamed BBC executive last week before Evans (49) was unveiled as the new host.

But he said that he turned it down because of what had happened since his departure, including being compared to paedophile DJ Jimmy Savile.

A BBC spokesman denied the claims.


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