PADDY McGuinness has confirmed the new series of Top Gear is the shortest EVER after the BBC was forced to axe episodes.
Like many shows, Top Gear’s filming schedule has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic over the last year and it has meant bosses have had to cut the series length for a second year in a row.
Paddy McGuinness has revealed the new series of Top Gear is the shortest everCredit: BBC
Last year’s was shortened from the usual six episodes to five, and now the new series – which begins on Sunday – will be just four.
“We’re already starting to look at the next series and, fingers crossed, hopefully the restrictions will start easing and we will have a bit more license.
“Who knows, we might even be able to do a trip abroad again.”
Filming on the series was affected by the coronavirus pandemicCredit: BBC
The three presenters formed a bubble so they could film together around the UKCredit: BBC Studios
It will also be the first year in the show’s history that there’s been no studio audienceCredit: BBC
Paddy said they were already thinking about the next seriesCredit: BBC
He continued: “It’s good to be back with the boys again. It’s a pleasure, and we’ve kind of found our stride and we just keep trying to improve every series.”
Paddy presents the show alongside Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris and the trio formed a bubble so they could present together around the UK.
As well as being the shortest series ever, this season will also be the first time in the show’s history that there’s never been a studio audience.
But despite all the changes and rules they’ve had to follow, the presenters are delighted to have been able to make another series.
Chris Harris said making the show was ‘joyous’ despite all the changesCredit: BBC Studios
Chris told The Mirror: “It’s been joyous. There has been very little bent metal, there has been respect for the machinery. This is a new Top Gear.”
A show insider also told the publication it was the first series he could remember where a car wasn’t seriously damaged.
Top Gear returns on Sunday, March 14 at 8pm on BBC One.