When Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson punched one of the producers of the show earlier this year after a day of filming, BBC brass immediately halted the production of subsequent episodes for the season, leaving two unfinished entries hanging in limbo.
At the time the reaction didn’t make much sense to viewers – why were we being punished for Clarkson’s bad behavior? Turns out the studio segments for those two episodes had not been filmed yet, and with incident under investigation, the BBC would not allow the show to complete them.
Since then we learned that despite the fact that Clarkson’s contract would not be renewed by the BBC (effectively firing him from the show) and that hosts James May and Richard Hammond would not continue to host the show without him, the final episodes would air in some form.
From the information offered in the teaser, it appears the BBC have cobbled together the footage from both episodes and created one longer show with it. Two separate challenges will be included, one with the trio involved in an SUV race of some kind and another with classic European roadsters.
Strangely, the teaser makes no mention of the fact that it’s the last episode with this legendary line up or who will be hosting in their place. In fact, there’s really no indication that anything is out of the ordinary at all, leading us to wonder how this end of an era will be addressed by the BBC – if at all. Either way, the episode is said to be airing “within weeks”, though when exactly that will be has not been announced yet.