Isle of Man features in Top Gear trailer

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A fleeting scene filmed in the Isle of Man features in the latest advertisement promoting the forthcoming 24th series of Top Gear.

The series now features former Friends actor Matt le Blanc along with Chris Harris and Rory Reid.

Radio Two presenter Chris Evans stepped down after the series ratings took a dive following the sacking of long-time presenter Jeremy Clarkson in 2015.

Le Blanc’s contract is thought to have been renewed for a further two series.

The trailer shows the three new presenters in discussion supposedly with the BBC insurance department ready for the new series. They are seen talking about motoring convictions and what cover is required.

Meanwhile the action is cross-cut with scenes showing the presenters’ exploits.

In one, Le Blanc is shown in a remote location in the Isle of Man bizarrely rescuing a group of naked ramblers in his Avtoros Shaman.

The trailer was aired at the weekend ahead of Let it Shine, soon after 6.30pm on Saturday.

Other scenes show the Stig on fire, Le Blanc being confronted by police in Montenegro, Reid crashing a taxi in Kazakhstan and Harris drifting a Ferrari in Daytona, Florida.

Jeremy Clarkson has now teamed up again with former Top Gear co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond to produce The Grand Tour with Amazon. They are due to begin filming their second series later in the month.

The BBC has not said precisely when the new series of Top Gear will begin, stating only that it returns to BBC2 soon.

Filming for the new series took place in the island last October with le Blanc driving the huge Russian eight-wheeled off-road vehicle.

The Sun newspaper reported last October that the £90,000 vehicle was used to drive across a reservoir in the island, supposedly rescuing people in a dinghy which it did without a hitch, before breaking down as soon as it reached dry land again. A team of Russian mechanics had to work on the vehicle for more than an hour to repair it.

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ManxMoan · 196 days ago · Report

ZZZ..... do we actually care? Have you seen the show, it's rubbish. The old team made the show, the new format doesn't even come close.

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