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Top Gear host’s show heads for US cable

Formats-logo-460_2Top Gear presentersA motoring show from one of the presenters of the Top Gear reboot has been picked up by BBC America.

The US cable net has ordered Chris Harris on Cars.

Harris (fourth from the left) is one of the presenting team on the new Top Gear, which like previous series of the motoring show has been in the headlines because of its presenting team, with Chris Evans stepping down amid talk of friction with co-host Matt LeBlanc.

His new show is a linear version of his YouTube series of the same name. Harris’ YouTube channel launched in 2014 and has 359,000 YouTube subscribers.

The TV series will be distributed by BBC Worldwide, which co-owns BBC America with AMC Networks.

The seven-episode series bows next month on BBC America and follows presenter and motoring journalist Harris as he drives the fastest, coolest and most experimental cars in the world.

Harris said: “If wanton tire destruction, powerslides and continuous drooling over the world’s fastest and most expensive road racers like the Porsche 911 GT3RS or the Aston Martin GT12 is your thing – you could do considerably worse than watch me put them through their respective paces on track and road on BBC America.”

Sarah Barnett, president of BBC America, said: “Chris Harris on Cars is mischievous, insightful and downright entertaining; we think BBC America viewers will love it.”

The BBC has committed to continue producing the Top Gear among the latest presenter changes, with a new season already in pre-production. BBCWW said that it has sold the new version to 130 international buyers.

In the US, cable net History recently cancelled its local version of Top Gear.