Discovery has announced a new series of hugely popular motoring franchise Fifth Gear, commissioned for factual entertainment channel Quest. The new series will see the return of hosts Jason Plato, Vicki Butler-Henderson, Jonny Smith and Jimmy DeVille as they test and compare a range of cars.
The brand-new 10×60’ series features more team tests, fast track drives, road trips and practical tests. Plato and former F1 driver Karun Chandhok will be going full throttle in the dogfights and shoot-outs.; Jonny Smith will be covering stories from the motoring world; Vicki Butler-Henderson will be testing some modern classics; and engineer Jimmy DeVille will be delving into the history and design of some iconic cars.
After 17 years on Fifth Gear, long-running presenter Tiff Needell will not appear in the series, but can be found at Lovecars.com.
Simon Downing – Head of Channels Quest and Eurosport, Discovery said: “We are looking forward to taking Quest’s automotive fans on another journey with the experts at Fifth Gear, as they take on new motoring challenges. This series sees the return of well-known and self-confessed petrol heads Jason, Vicki, Jimmy, Jonny and guest presenter Karun, and promises to be the most high-octane yet.”
“The Quest family also want to thank Tiff for his invaluable contribution to the show. His motoring expertise and passion for cars has entertained viewers for many years and we wish him every success with future endeavours.”
North One’s CEO, Neil Duncanson, said “Over the years we’ve seen so many car shows come and go, but Fifth Gear has consistently stood the test of time. The reason for that is simple, it’s a real car show, presented by real drivers and real car experts. Car fans are becoming more and more discerning and this show delivers what they want – a car show packed full of information and take-out that is entertaining; rather than an entertainment show that happens to have a few cars in it.”
Fifth Gear was commissioned for Quest by VP, Original Content, Factual, Victoria Noble and overseen by Executive Producer, Rob Holloway. The series is produced by North One with Richard Pearson as the Executive Producer and Craig McAlpine as the Series Producer.