Top Gear America Team, Astronaut Chris Hadfield Set for Cannes


BBC Worldwide is prepping special events at MIPCOM 2017 surrounding the launch of the latest additions to its factual-entertainment catalog, Astronauts: Toughest Job in the Universe and Top Gear America.

Colonel Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to walk in space, will attend MIPCOM to introduce buyers to the six-part series and format Astronauts: Toughest Job in the Universe. The team from Top Gear America—William Fichtner, Antron Brown, Tom “Wookie” Ford and The Stig— will also be in Cannes to discuss the latest incarnation of the Top Gear franchise.

Other titles on BBC Worldwide’s slate include season eight of The Great British Bake Off, Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico and Bang on Budget.

Tracy Forsyth, the genre director of factual entertainment and entertainment and formats, commented: “Astronauts: Toughest Job in the Universe and Top Gear America, are both superbly produced shows that are both hugely entertaining and exciting with extraordinary visuals and characters. The American version of Top Gear continues to demonstrate the versatility of the brand and I have high hopes that Astronauts: Toughest Job in the Universe, which has been highly critically acclaimed in the U.K., will go on to be an out-of-this-world success.”

Top Gear’s Global Franchise Director, Adam Waddell, said: “We’re really excited about the potential of this latest version of the Top Gear format, featuring three very different characters who just clicked from day one thanks to their shared passion for all things automotive.”