Top Gear moves to BBC One as Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuiness and Chris Harris spark ratings rebound

TOP Gear will move to BBC One in a dramatic move to boost ratings and target younger viewers.

This follows the success of the new presenter line-up of Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris.

When is Top Gear on?

The new run of Top Gear will arrive on our screens on BBC One on Sunday, January 26 at 8pm moving channels from BBC Two.

This will be the 28th series since the show launched in 2002.

There will be six episodes in this series.

Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuiness and Chris Harris are the current presenters of the show.

Why has it moved?

It has been announced that show will move from BBC Two to BBC One for the next series in an attempt to safeguard license fees.

Ratings have hit their highest viewing figures since bringing in the new presenting team last year.

The show aims to make the show more relatable in a bid to attract younger viewers.

Who are the hosts?

Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff is joined once again by co-hosts Take Me Out presenter Paddy McGuiness and Racing driver and automotive journalist Chris Harris.

Find out more about the Top Gear hosts below…

Who is Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff?

Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff is best known as an international Cricketer.

He won 'Man of the series' in the 2005 Ashes against Australia, won BBC sports Personality of the year in 2005 and was awarded a prestigious MBE in 2006.

Retiring from Test cricket in 2010 he then appeared on various shows and started co-hosting Top Gear in 2019.

He is 42 years old. Married to his wife Rachael and they have three children together.

Who is Paddy McGuinness?

Paddy McGuiness presented the ITV dating show, Take me out, coining the phase "No likey, no lighty"

He appeared in many comedy shows alongside funnyman Peter Kay and more recently Keith Lemon.

In June 2011 he married Christine Martin, the couple have twins Penelope and Leo who have been diagnosed with autism and another daughter called Felicity.

He joined the Top Gear presenting team in 2019.


Who is Chris Harris?

Chris Harris joined the Top Gear presenting team in 2016 for series 23.

The 44 year old began his career in journalism working for Autocar magazine.

He has an extensive racing career including taking part in the Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance event in 2010 2015 and 2016.

The presenter also has his own You Tube Channel, Chris Harris on cars.















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