With the revived TFI Friday now over, Chris Evans can concentrate on taking over one of the BBC’s flagship shows.
But as if following in Jeremy Clarkson’s footsteps wasn’t hard enough, it seems that the initial filming of the new Top Gear has been beset with problems.
With the start date of May 8 getting ever closer, the show lost executive producer Lisa Clark, who Evans personally brought in to oversee the revamped show, just before Christmas.
She was herself a replacement for seasoned pro Andy Wilman, who left the BBC to follow Clarkson to his new home on Amazon Prime.
And now there seems to be an even bigger problem: Evans is finding it very difficult to talk and drive at the same time.
The Sun quoted a source as saying: “Chris is really struggling to master the art of driving and talking to camera, which is crucial. It’s a skill. Jeremy, Richard and James could do it no problem, in one or two takes.”
The insider went on: “Chris has struggled to get his head around pre-recorded videos, which is mostly what Top Gear is. Unfortunately, when you come to plan all this stuff, it can't be done on the fly.”
However, the BBC hit back yesterday, with a spokesperson saying. “This ‘story’ is complete nonsense and the truth is that Top Gear producers have been blown away by how quickly Chris has taken to talking to camera whilst driving at speed, a skill which has taken some presenters a long time to master.”