Top Gear presenters Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness filmed their upcoming BBC One series against the backdrop of west London’s world-renowned Television Centre and its giant Helios statue this week.
The towering Helios statue was surrounded by a multi-million pound ring of over 20 colourful supercars including the Porsche Taycan 4S, three Aston Martins, a Bentley Continental GT V8 Coupe and a Mustang Mach-E – whilst the now familiar backdrop of the cars (Mini, Ford Escort and Porsche Boxster) the trio drove across Ethiopia in their first adventure together in June 2019 loomed behind them.
Paddy, Freddie and Chris were joined over both evenings by all the cars featured in the new series of Top Gear including new arrivals the Ferrari Roma, the Lamborghini Sian and the Extreme E – as well as some classics including the Aston Martin DB5, as featured in James Bond films such as Goldfinger, Goldeneye and Skyfall.
Clare Pizey, Top Gear’s co-Executive Producer says: “Once it was confirmed that we couldn’t have a studio audience, Alex Renton and I knew we needed a big rethink. A drive-in with no cars just doesn’t work. An empty hangar at Dunsfold would give us zero atmosphere - and in any case, Top Gear needs a sense of scale. So we are really pleased with the Television Centre solution. It’s iconic. It looks beautiful. The production team and local residents give it atmosphere. And it’s also, pretty much, working from home!”
Top Gear returns soon to BBC One and BBC iPlayer.