Fifth Gear Returning In September After Extended Hiatus

It’s been nearly two years since Tiff Needell announced Fifth Gear was coming to end but the former presenter has taken to Twitter to announce the program is making a return.

In a series of tweets, Needell said filming kicked off yesterday and the new season of Fifth Gear will debut in September. Little else is known about the show but the host confirmed it will air on Quest TV and will once again feature Jason Plato.

It remains unclear if the format will be changed but it will be nice to see Needell returning to television after an extended hiatus. As you’re probably aware, Needell started co-hosting Top Gear in 1987 and stayed with the program until it was cancelled in 2001. Following the cancellation of Top Gear, Needell went on to host Fifth Gear which began airing one year later.

The show was largely over shadowed by the revived version of Top Gear but it would find a loyal and dedicated following that stuck with the program throughout its many network changes over the years. However, that all came to an end in May of 2016 when Needell announced the show was going off air. At the time, he said “Fifth Gear is finding it hard to get re-commissioned” and suggested it largely came down to money.

While a number of questions remain, Quest TV is owned Discovery Communications which also owns networks such as Discovery, HGTV and Velocity / Motor Trend Network. Velocity is worth mentioning as Fifth Gear used to air in the United States on that channel. However, it remains unclear if the new show will eventually be shown on the other side of the Atlantic.

  • ChrisInIL

    Bring back Vicki and Jonny too. Don’t Americanize it like Wheeler Dealers. There are dozens of American-style car shows on Discovery networks, so another one isn’t needed.

    • LeStori

      They were tho only two who were interesting. Needle and Plato were the weak links.

    • Exactly, a lot of British show is so Americanized these days. Do people in charge of Velocity/Nat Geo realized that not everyone wants to see people arguing on finishing a car in an implausibly close deadline.

      • ChrisInIL

        Television executives all over the world realize they can make the most money from unecessary and forced drama and silliness. Sadly, the thinkers of the world suffer for it.

        • I believe because US producers believe on making a specialized television programme appealed to all audience, I mean I know people who watch American Chopper and they don’t even like bikes. They only come for the drama.

  • raikkonen

    I’ve always enjoyed Fifth Gear.

    It’s always come across to me as more car focused than theatrical (Top Gear, The Grand Tour), and Jason and Tiff are actual competitive drivers, not just hosts.

    I just find their stories and reviews to be more car focused, as opposed to general entertainment.

    Great show, glad it’s back.

    • Well to be fair Fifth Gear is spiritual successor of old TG, when the show was revived back in 02, not all people are excited with comedy tone of new TG so Tiff and others (former old TG) gather around and make Fifth Gear.

      • Alfa Giulia QV

        I watched an episode of the old Top Gear back when Jeremy was still the host. I preferred it more over the format at the time. Hell, I prefer the old Wheeler Dealers as well and I’m not even British.

  • Alfa Giulia QV

    I’d watch it if they bring it back.

    • Bo Hanan

      Me too. It was a good show and the presenters were likeable.

  • Jason Panamera

    I loved that show. Good to hear such news!

  • casho2015

    Woo!

  • I’m glad to hear this, until I saw whose backing them up, Discovery don’t have a lot of reputation on making good car programme (unless you like to see Americans bickering about finishing a car).

    Beside unlike TG who has BBC that aggressively sold the rights to worldwide, Fifth Gear remained mostly UK oriented show, and include things like buying guide that might find it out of place for international audience.

  • OdysseyTag

    I loved that tested real crash scenarios. Was always one of the most entertaining segments. Other than that, loved the show as a whole.

  • dilligaf

    YESS

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