Monday 11 December 2017

James May takes on factory job with Kate Humble and Ant Anstead

Ant Anstead, Kate Humble and James May will present Building Cars Live (BBC/PA)
Ant Anstead, Kate Humble and James May will present Building Cars Live (BBC/PA)
James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond are working on a new programme with Amazon Prime

Former Top Gear presenter James May is worried about "desperately needing a wazz" during a live TV show about the car industry.

He is teaming up with Kate Humble and car designer Ant Anstead on Building Cars Live which will broadcast from one of the country's busiest motor manufacturers next week.

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

May, who will be surrounded by more than 1,300 robots - one of which is nicknamed Jurassic Park - is worried about having a sudden urge to go to the toilet.

Asked what he thought the biggest risk is in doing a live show like this, May joked: "Not knowing what we're talking about."

The petrolhead added that the production line generally only stops for a second and any longer than a minute is fairly rare - meaning there is unlikely to be any awkward moments due to failing technology.

"So that shouldn't trip us up too badly...or else desperately needing a wazz during the live...I'm getting quite old," he said.

May said he is used to asking people to keep quiet or to turn off loud machinery when he is making television programmes - but this time it will be the other way round due to how "minutely managed" the factory is.

"They will be saying to us 'can you stop making that TV programme because we're trying to build some bloody cars here?'" he said.

The programme will be dictated by the "beat" of the factory, he added.

Meanwhile, last week May's former Top Gear colleague Jeremy Clarkson revealed that he, May and Richard Hammond have begun filming Amazon Prime's new motoring show.

The trio left the hit BBC show earlier this year, and signed a ''very, very, very expensive'' deal to make a car-themed programme with the online streaming service.

Clarkson tweeted a picture of the hosts and crew next to three supercars accompanied by the words: ''With a skeleton crew, filming for Amazon Prime's new motoring programme has begun.''

Earlier he had shared a picture of a sunrise, saying: ''Dawn. On a very special day.''

Some Instagram users suggested the photo had been taken in Portugal.

May added: ''Great first day at work. I can't stop staring'' - a reference to a picture he posted of a Ferrari on a race track.

Hammond also posted a similar picture, saying: ''The band is back together and it feels brilliant.''

Building Cars Live is on BBC Two at 7.30pm on Tuesday October 20 and Wednesday October 21.

Press Association

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