Fifth Gear gets new life thanks to Discovery Channel
You can’t keep a good show down, especially one that has had quite the following as Fifth Gear has had. The U.K.’s “other car show”, which was unceremoniously dropped by Five a few months ago, is being given a new life by the Discovery Channel. The Discovery Channel bought the rights for the show and will distribute it to networks across Europe including France, Germany, and a host of other Eastern European countries while Five retains the rights to air the show in the UK. The first show is slated to air sometime in the next few months.
The new Fifth Gear will deviate from the previously used live studio format and instead will begin to spend more time out on the streets and in the race tracks. This new platform came into existence after rival, Top Gear, started drawing criticism for being more of a talk show than a car show. The new show will be hosted by Vicki Butler-Henderson, Jonny Smith, Tiff Needell, and Jason Plato. Tom Ford and Tim Shaw are conspicuous by their absence as they have both decided to not return to the show.
Jonny Smith noted that a big reason for the return of Fifth Gear was because of the overwhelming demand from fans of the show who were dismayed when the show got canned. “Ever since the show was reportedly dropped, I - and the other presenters - have been genuinely shocked by the uproar from viewers all over the world,” he said. “I’ve had Twitter and blog messages from Israel, Australia, Scandinavia, Canada, America and, of course, the UK, demanding the show goes on.
“It’ll be great to be back behind the wheel in Fifth Gear, especially when it will be getting televised across so many countries; makes me want to plan a few foreign road trips to celebrate.”
So, there you have it Fifth Gear fans. You can now join the hosts, as well as your fellow fans, in celebrating the return of your favorite show – or at least second favorite show depending on where you rank Fifth Gear relative to Top Gear.
Source: Times Online