Top Gear episodes cancelled due to 'fracas' could air by summer

Being a Top Gear fan has not been easy recently. Between the suspension and eventual firing of Jeremy Clarkson, and the cancellation of the remaining episodes of season 22, fans of the BBC's long-running motoring show have had little cause for celebration. But now, there's at least a bit of good news, courtesy of BBC Controller Kim Shillinglaw, who told Radio Times that all three episodes would be aired "in some form."

"There is no way I would not want the available material to be seen by viewers," Shillinglaw told RT, although she couldn't confirm when the unaired footage would be broadcast. Shillinglaw only said the episodes would air as early as this summer and before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Shillinglaw also confirmed something that Top Gear will return in a "new form," according to Radio Times, and that it could be helmed by a female presenter. The controller spoke about the show's future at a BBC2 preview event, RT reports, although she made no mention of Hammond, May or long-serving Executive Producer Andy Wilman.

"We have got a great in-house team that has always made it and will continue to make it," Shillinglaw said. "It's not been an easy year but it's kind of creatively exciting – what we are going to do, what we have to do. We have got to move the show on. That's what we are going to do."

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