Jason Manford discusses Freddie Flintoff after Top Gear accident
Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff has been recuperating following a serious crash in December last year.
The 45-year-old was filming for BBC favourite Top Gear and driving an open-top Morgan Super 3 which flipped over following a collision.
The former cricketer was rushed to hospital with facial injuries and broken ribs, and continues to recover from the horror accident.
Unsurprisingly, the future of the show has been in jeopardy since the incident, but there have also been question marks over Freddie’s scheduled new series.
The unnamed BBC2 programme was set to be similar to the channel’s staple The Repair Shop, with the restoration of vehicles as the central focus.
Following a new update, it seems as though Freddie will be off-air until next year at the earliest.
A source revealed: “It was hoped that the restoration show might have been an easy way back into making television for Freddie, who’s clearly been shaken up by the accident.”
Speaking to The Sun, they continued: “And the fact that he could have been making it this spring meant there was a chance we could see him back on our screens by the end of the year.
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“But it’s not a good sign that the filming has been called off at such a relatively late stage, and viewers will be gutted that such a popular star has been off air for so long.”
Express.co.uk has contacted the BBC for a comment on the fate of the series.
In March, the BBC confirmed filming for Top Gear had halted in light of the serious accident, which took place at the show’s test track in Surrey.
Freddie was seen publicly for the first time since the accident last month, with pictures showing him sporting sunglasses and covering his face.
Another series of Freddie’s, Field of Dreams, is likely to be cancelled after just one series despite more episodes being planned prior to the crash.
The show followed Freddie as he searched for unrecognised cricketing talent and assembled teams like no other.
Speaking to The Sun, a source explained it would be “unlikely” for the host to return to the series.
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