Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Guy Martin and Philip Glenister 'in advanced talks' to join BBC show
BBC bosses are reportedly in advanced talks to sign Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin as the new Top Gear presenters.
The three names have been among the frontrunners tipped to present the show for some time.
Kidd currently presents Channel 5's The Classic Car Show, while motorcycle racer Guy Martin has previously presented documentaries and Life on Mars actor Philip Glenister is thought to add an off-beat element to the line-up.
The show’s co-creator Andy Wilman, who has quit the series, was allegedly overheard describing the new-line up while having lunch with Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay, the Sunday Express reported.
The BBC has declined to comment on the speculation.
The alleged “dream team” line-up follows the departure of Jeremy Clarkson from the flagship BBC2 show after he was suspended by the BBC for punching a producer on set.
His co-stars Richard Hammond and James May also confirmed they would not be returning to the show without Clarkson.
Last week, Clarkson, Hammond and May were seen filming at Goodwood Motor Circuit, prompting rumours of a possible Top Gear comeback.
It later emerged the trio were filming for their forthcoming UK tour, formerly known as Top Gear Live, which has now been renamed Clarkson, Hammond and May Live following Clarkson’s dismissal from the BBC.
Top Gear will return in a new form next year, with BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw refusing to rule out the possibility of a female presenter.
“We’ll definitely look at some women, but it’s not a driving priority”, she said.
“I worked with a lot of female presenters and when I used to work in science that was something across the piste that I really wanted to tackle.
“But I don’t think I’ve ever approached an individual show thinking that was the way I want to cast it so I think it’s an open book on that.”