Tiff Needell Announces The End Of Fifth Gear TV Show

After BBC sacked Clarkson from Top Gear and decided to revamp the show with different presenters and a new format, another popular motoring program has seen its end: Fifth Gear.

The man to make the announcement official is Tiff Needell himself, who blamed a money-related problem and wrote on Twitter:

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… After an unbroken 29 years presenting either Top Gear of Fifth Gear it feels weird not to have any filming dates in my diary!

Tiff Needell started co-hosting BBC’s Top Gear in 1987, with Jeremy Clarkson among others, where he remained until 2001, when the show was cancelled, only to be brought back a year later. Needell signed with Channel 5 to produce and host Fifth Gear from 2002 and the program was eventually distributed on the Discovery Channel, from 2012 to 2014, and on History Channel, since 2015.

Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson, were on the show since the beginning, while journalist Jonny Smith, joined them in 2006. Over the years, the presenter lineup also counted Jason Plato, Quentin Willson, Adrian Simpson and Tom Ford.


  • KenjiK

    IMO it was 10X better than Top Gear.

    • was very different, was so british like Top Gear that’s it.

    • europeon

      It was better because Tiff, Vicki and Jason Plato are real racing drivers.

  • fabri99

    I only hope the new Top Gear will cover for both.


      why? GT will cover old TG and new TG will cover the FG – the math stays the same

      • Six_Tymes

        with a radio dj as host, i don’t think it will have a good long run

  • VBH

    Will miss seeing Vicky Butler Henderson – she was really cute when young!

  • Equally uninformative as TG, but not quite the fun… it was a long time coming.

  • AnklaX

    Time to jump over the pond and rejoin an old friend

  • You_Started_It

    It never really found an audience.

  • ediotsavant

    My favorite auto program. I will sorely miss it.


    Tiff and Chris Harris confirmed to replace Evans and Le Blanc for the next season of Top Gear – in my dreams…

  • AstonMartin

    Tiff is an excellent driver thats always up for a challenge and never afraid to take a car to it limits. I hope he and his team get picked up for another auto show.

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