What happened next
October 2016 Five months in, Chris Evans’s revamped Top Gear is hampered by mysterious calamities – the wrong fuel in the cars, severed brake cables and poison in the producer’s porridge. Evans accuses the new Stig – a shadowy, beer-bellied 6ft 5in curmudgeon – of being behind the crimes. In a vicious fst fght, Evans tears off the Stig’s helmet and racing suit to reveal a grey perm, denim and Amazon-branded underwear. ‘You!’ Evans screeches, before being knocked out cold.
April 2018 With an injunction preventing Jeremy Clarkson from approaching the set, Top Gear fnally lurches to success. Desperate BBC executives soon apply its novel presenting formula (of combining Radio 2 DJs with weary American sitcom actors) across the board. In a series of risky appointments, new presenters of Strictly Come Dancing are unveiled as Ken Bruce and Ted Danson (from Cheers), while The One Show gains Kelsey Grammer and Vanessa Feltz.
July 2021 Top Gear is stifed by political upheaval when Jeremy Corbyn surges to power in 2020. With all cars banned and roads converted into allotmentbordered cycling superhighways, Evans and Matt LeBlanc are forced to pose in stationary vehicles and imagine what they might be like to drive. After one series, the programme is replaced by Top Fixed Gear, a Corbyn-approved cycling alternative. Guy Kelly