8 October, 2015 - NME.com
Jeremy Clarkson has given fans a first look at the new motoring show he, Richard Hammond and James May are making for Amazon Prime.
The former Top Gear trio started shooting the show, rumoured to be titled Gear Knobs, with a skeleton crew yesterday, Clarkson revealed on Twitter as he shared a picture from the set.
With a skeleton crew, filming for Amazon Prime's new motoring programme has begun. pic.twitter.com/8PaYvke5il— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) October 7, 2015
Meanwhile, James May also marked the start of shooting by tweeting a picture from the show's set.
Great first day at work. I can't stop staring. pic.twitter.com/GtYVHaGmYR— James May (@MrJamesMay) October 7, 2015
Amazon announced in July that its streaming service, Amazon Prime, has commissioned the trio to make a brand new motoring show in a deal which the company's CEO Jeff Bezos later described as "very, very, very expensive". They first episodes are expected to reach screens in early 2016.
The show's title has yet to be revealed, but Buzzfeed recently spotted that Clarkson's law firm, Olswang, has registered the trademarks Gear Knobs and Gear Nobs for TV and merchandise use, leading to speculation that the trio could have given the series a risqué, tongue-in-cheek name.
The trio's deal with Amazon commits them to 36 episodes of the new motoring show over three series. It has been reported that Amazon has set aside a huge budget of £160m for the series, meaning a rumoured cost per episode of £4.5m - higher than the first two seasons of House Of Cards.