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Top Gear's Chris Evans and Matt Le Blanc to film show in Kerry this weekend

By Aoife Kelly

Published 13/04/2016

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Top Gear presenters Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc will be filming in Kerry this weekend.

Speaking on his BBC Radio show this morning, Chris said, "Matt and I are going to Ireland on Friday to make a couple of Top Gear films that will be combined.  We're thinking of going to the Dingle area."

Evans spoke to his newsreader, who is of Irish stock, about where to visit and asked her about Dingle.

She said, "It's beautiful, wonderful food, lovely pubs".

"We won't have time for any of that!" he replied, "Technically we'll be working.  We'll try and eke out some time for a bit of socialising."

Evans also mentioned visiting the neighbouring village of Killorglin and asked about driving further south along the coast.

"We don't want to go inland, we want to go on the coast road.  It's better for shots," he said.

2FM's Tracy Clifford first picked up Evans' revelation and asked listeners for recommendations for the team during their trip.

Kerry Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin said: "Two years ago I contacted the BBC and invited the Top Gear programme to come to Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way, as I believed that the landscape, the roads and the people would be a perfect fit for the programme. I was delighted today to hear Chris Evans confirm that the show will be coming to Dingle on Friday.

"Top Gear is a hugely popular programme watched by millions of people across the globe. By coming to Kerry, the programme will expose the area to a whole new audience and will present a massive opportunity for tourism.

"Major programmes and films such as Star Wars’ visit to the Skelligs, and now Top Gear’s trip to Kerry, draw attention to the area and their importance cannot be underestimated. This is a free showcase for our spectacular county and culture. I look forward to the people of Kerry welcoming the Top Gear team to Kerry. I am confident that they will get some stunning shots of the area, which will attract many new tourists to Kerry."

Netflix confirmed on Tuesday that the new series will be streamed internationally and it will premiere on BBC One in May.

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