Former Top Gear trio sign exclusive Amazon Prime Video deal

Top Gear team

Former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have signed an exclusive deal to present a new motoring show on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

The trio will front three series of the as-yet unnamed programme on the streaming service, with the first season set to become available to Prime members worldwide in 2016.

The deal ends months of speculation about what the popular TV personalities would do next, after Jeremy Clarkson was sacked following a "fracas" with aTop Gearproducer earlier this year. His co-hosts also left the show not long afterwards.

Many expected that the trio would jump ship to an online streaming service - a clause in Clarkson's contract reportedly prevents him from working with another UK broadcaster for another two years.

Top Gearis one of the most-streamed shows on BBC iPlayer and accounted for almost half of the top 20 downloaded programmes last year. One episode was watched by a record 3.8 million viewers.

Jay Marine, Amazon Prime Video EU Vice President, said: "Customers told us they wanted to see the team back on screen, and we are excited to make that happen.

"Millions of Prime members are already enjoying our ground-breaking original shows. We can't wait to see what Jeremy, Richard, James and the team will create in what is sure to be one of the most globally anticipated shows of 2016."

Amazon Prime Video features a catalogue of more than 15,000 TV shows and movies. It also commissions original content, including psychological thriller Hand of God and documentary series The New Yorker Presents.

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