Gigantic budget announced for Top Gear trio’s new Amazon show

The trio will be handed a €220 million budget
The trio will be handed a €220 million budget

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have been handed the largest war chest in UK TV history by Amazon Prime.

The trio will be handed a €220 million budget for their new motoring show.

They have signed on for three seasons of twelve episodes which works out as €6.4m per show.

Producer Andy Wilman acknowledged that it was the promise of a reported €220 million budget that swung Clarkson and co towards Amazon.

Wilman admitted, despite the hair-raising figures involved: "It was very parochial the way this whole thing started. It's not our forte doing deals. We're all crap at business."

"Everyone we have talked to has told us: 'They [Amazon] leave you alone to make your show'. That's a big one for us - we don't like interference, we don't need to be policed."

The as yet un-named show will be an hour long and will be released weekly in the UK, US and Germany.