Wednesday 28 September 2016

Filming final Top Gear scenes 'sad'

Published 23/06/2015 | 00:06

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in the final Top Gear show featuring the three (BBC/PA)
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in the final Top Gear show featuring the three (BBC/PA)

Filming their final Top Gear scenes was a sad moment for Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, the show's former executive producer has said.

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Andy Wilman, who helped relaunch the series in 2002, quit the hit TV series in the wake of Clarkson's departure.

Viewers will see Clarkson, May and Hammond behind the wheel of classic cars and beaten-up 4x4s in their final challenges as a trio screened on BBC2 later this month, before Top Gear returns with new host Chris Evans.

Wilman admitted to being "very sad" about filming the final scenes with the presenters at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey.

He told Radio Times magazine: "The final session without Jeremy was very poignant.

"We've had a lot of fun in that studio, but we had a job to do and we got it done, professionally, and without tears or tantrums."

His comments came after Clarkson claimed that he was offered a return to the show, days after his former job was given to Evans.

Evans responded with a quip on his Radio 2 breakfast show, saying: "Well, as to whether Jeremy was offered his old job back or not, either outside or inside his own head he still said no to the voices."

And he joked on Twitter: "Clarkson and me at war shocker. Bagsy I'm Switzerland."

A BBC spokesman said: ''We haven't offered (Clarkson) another Top Gear contract and the BBC had placed on record its thanks to Jeremy for his broadcasting on the programme and wish him well for the future.''

May has been unveiled as the co-host of new BBC show Building Cars Live.

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