Tuesday 27 January 2015: MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ today announced that they have signed a long-term commitment to broadcast Top Gear on TV3 in New Zealand.
The new ten-part series (series 22) and the two-part Patagonia special, which recently transmitted in the UK, will be exclusively available to view on TV3 from February 2015.
Presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, Top Gear is the world’s biggest and best-known car entertainment show. Its three presenters drive the show with their unique blend of knowledge, passion and enthusiasm matched by a sense of humour, mischief and the ability to never take themselves too seriously.
This unrivalled format has made Top Gear the world’s most widely watched factual television program, with a global audience estimated at over 350m in 214 territories worldwide.
Mark Caulton, TV3’s Director of Programming says: “Top Gear is an iconic television series, hugely popular with audiences all around the world and we’re tremendously excited about its arrival at TV3. The series represents a ‘marquee’ addition to our stellar line-up for 2015 and demonstrates our commitment to deliver the very best entertainment content for our audience.”
Irene Read, Director of TV Sales at BBC Worldwide ANZ, says: “This is a great partnership between two strong entertainment brands and I’m delighted that TV3 will be the home of Top Gear in New Zealand going forward.”
The new deal also includes forthcoming Top Gear specials and the Top Gear US series.
Top Gear launches on TV3 in February with the Top Gear Patagonia Special, followed by the new ten-part series.