Top Gear revs engine for May launch on Paramount+

Top Gear Australia

Speaking at the Australian Grand Prix, co-host Beau Ryan said that “this is the most excited we’ve been for a show in 10 years.”

Top Gear Australia co-host Beau Ryan has confirmed the eight-part series will hit Paramount+ in May.

Ryan, speaking at the Paramount suite during the weekend’s Australian Grand Prix alongside co-hosts Blair Joscelyne and Jonathan LaPaglia, said the trio finished filming on Friday morning, on the F1 track.

The hosts wrapped by doing a ‘hot lap’ around the Albert Park circuit, after filming across the US and Australia for four months. Ryan emphasised how unusual it is to take four months to film just eight episodes.

“This is the most excited we’ve been for a show in 10 years,” he added.

The Top Gear co-hosts with Angela Bishop

Top Gear Australia was well-promoted across the Australian Grand Prix. At the Paramount+ activation, a Top Gear car was on display, tempting fans to enter a competition to go for a hot lap in the vehicle at the show’s upcoming launch event.

The new Australian version of the show was announced at Ten’s upfront in October.

At the time, Paramount AUNZ’s SVP of content and programming, Daniel Monaghan said: “Top Gear Australia promises to deliver everything fans love about the show but with an Aussie twist. We can’t wait for Jonathan, Beau and Blair to get behind the wheel of the world’s biggest car entertainment show.”

The Paramount activation

Ryan also hosts The Amazing Race, while LaPaglia is best known for hosting Survivor. Joscelyne is the co-creator of the popular indie auto YouTube series Mighty Car Mods

“When Network 10 and BBC Studios asked me if I’d be interested traveling all over the world to test really cool cars and behave like an idiot I said, ‘Of course I’m interested. Where do I sign?'” LaPaglia said in October.

“Top Gear is arguably the biggest (and greatest) car show ever and as a massive fan, I used to fantasise about being on it one day as a guest racing the Reasonably Priced Car around their test track. I waited, that call never came. But 20 years later someone at Top Gear HQ screwed up, confused me with someone else, and asked me to be the host of Top Gear Australia? Buckle up, this could get bumpy.”

Top Gear Australia is produced by BBC Studios’ local production arm. The exact May launch date will be announced soon.

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