Discovery secures Top Gear catalogue deal from BBC Studios

Discovery and Discovery Turbo will have access to the Top Gear catalogue following a partnership with Top Gear.

The announcement:


Top Gear fans are in for a treat with news that the much-loved series is coming to Discovery following an agreement with BBC Studios to secure a comprehensive catalogue of the world’s biggest motoring show. Top Gear will air on both Discovery Channel and Discovery Turbo in Australia and New Zealand from March 2020.

New and old fans of the multi-award-winning series will be able to tune in for classic seasons of the show which sees hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, along with The Stig, cover all things motoring related from A-Z. The agreement sees Discovery acquire a comprehensive catalogue which initially includes 143 hours of Top Gear and series one of Top Gear: America with hosts William Fitchner, Tom Ford and Antron Brown, along with specials and spin-offs from the franchise.

“We are thrilled to bring Top Gear to Discovery,” said Darren Chau, Director of Factual Content & Channels, Discovery Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands. “The biggest motoring show is the perfect fit for Australia and New Zealand’s only 24/7 motoring channel Discovery Turbo and our flagship Discovery Channel. We appreciate our friends at BBC Studios entrusting Discovery with the powerhouse that is Top Gear and are proud to further strengthen our offering of premium motoring content with this globally renowned and loved franchise.”

Bruno Liporoni, Sales Executive for BBC Studios ANZ said, “This is a great partnership between two exciting factual entertainment brands. I am delighted that fans can continue to enjoy some of their favourite Top Gear moments through this new deal with Discovery.”

Celebrated for turning the premise of a car show into an entertainment experience, Top Gear is the world’s biggest and longest-running motoring entertainment show which has had a huge global following across 200+ territories. Top Gear takes the public’s passion for cars and strips away the boring stats, adds enthusiasm, stunts and challenges. It’s a fun-fuelled journey of road trips, over-ambitious projects, and lashings of good old-fashioned mucking about by presenters and celebrities alike.

Top Gear will air Monday nights at 7.30pm on Discovery Channel from 9 March during its Motor Mondays program block and weeknights at 6.30pm on Discovery Turbo from 2 March. Top Gear: America starts Friday 6 March at 8.30pm on Discovery Turbo. The catalogue will be also be available On Demand.

Source: BBC media release


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