The tenure of SBS TV as the home of Top Gear in Australia will cross the line on Monday evening. The final episode via SBS will air at 7:30pm and is one from the vault—the final episode of Season 4—which originally aired in August 2004.
It’s a great snapshot showing how far the show has come. Even with four seasons behind it history has shown the Top Gear journey has been taken to a whole new level, with even higher production values and an ever increasing ambition apparent in following years.
However, this ending doesn’t mean the end of Top Gear on Australian screens. You will probably remember Channel Nine have come in and thrown their weight around to secure the rights from SBS.
So far, though, Nine have been quite circumspect in revealing their plans for Top Gear. Certainly nothing is given away on the makeshift Top Gear page on the Channel Nine website. A small hint was given last December via a Daily Telegraph article when station boss David Gyngell said, “You put it on the back of Underbelly or Two and a Half Men, that show’s going to turn into a very big hit.”
Which, depending on your viewing habits, might send a few shivers down your spine. Let’s hope the big wigs don’t cock it up too much.