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Tiff Needell says Fifth Gear is dead

Sad news if you were a fan of Fifth Gear. A tweet from one of its presenters claims it will not be returning for another series.

Tiff Needell, one of the presenters of the motoring show, tweeted: “So busy enjoying Mille Miglia forgot to point out @FifthGearTV on @ITV4 on Friday was last one ever recorded. And no news of any more…”

Needell continued: “After an unbroken run of 29 years presenting either Top Gear or Fifth Gear it feels weird not to have any filming dates in my diary!”

Responding to fans, Needell said it was proving difficult to get the show recommissioned, even though now would be the perfect time to steal away fans from Top Gear who are displeased at the departure of its legendary trio, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

Another presenter on the show, Jonny Smith, chimed in: “You need a new show Tiff. Let’s call it The Needell For Speed. Please.” One Twitter user suggested starting a YouTube channel.

Tiff Needell racked up 15 years of presenting Top Gear before moving to Fifth Gear. He was also a British racing driver.

ITV4 is yet to confirm the news and fellow co-star Vicky Butler Henderson has so far remained quiet, but it does seem like the writing is on the wall for a show that reviewed cars in a more useful fashion than its competitors.

Which is a crying shame, really, when it looked like petrolheads would have not one or two but three motoring shows to enjoy, including the revamped Top Gear and Clarkson’s Amazon offering, The Grand Tour.

ITV’s other motoring show, Drive, was recently canned after just one series.


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