Jeremy Clarkson teases on Twitter what the new Top Gear show is spending its gargantuan budget on

'Proof we are spending the money on the screen...'

Christopher Hooton
Friday 27 November 2015 18:00 GMT
(Jeremy Clarkson)

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May’s new Amazon Prime car show, potentially called ‘Gear Knobs’, if patents are to be believed, is spending its reported £160 million budget on…Reliant Robins.

Despite having more money to spend per episode than House of Cards, it seems it won’t all be explosions and trips to the end of the Earth.

“Proof we are spending the money on the screen; not on company cars,” Clarkson joked on Twitter, alongside a picture of the trio standing with their three-wheelers.

This is the only real update we’ve had on the new show since October, when Clarkson posted a photo of the team starting filming “with a skeleton crew” (and a few supercars).

"It was very parochial the way this whole thing started," former Top Gear producer Andy Wilman, who has also jumped ship (or car, as it were) said of the Amazon deal recently. "It's not our forte doing deals. We're all crap at business."

They signed a contract with the streaming service after ITV wouldn’t let them make the show they wanted and Netflix reportedly weren’t that interested.

"We love the people down at ITV, but we couldn't do it," he added, then saying of Amazon: "Everyone we have talked to has told us: 'They leave you alone to make your show'. That's a big one for us - we don't like interference, we don't need to be policed."

A release date is still yet be set, though the show is expected in 2016.

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