How the Bookies See it
- James Martin: 5/6 - Paddy Power
- Guy Martin: 6/1 - BetVictor
- Jenson Button: 8/1 - William Hill
- Philip Glenister: 8/1 - William Hill
- Rebecca Jackson: 8/1 - William Hill
- Dermot O’Leary: 12/1 - BetVictor
- Jeremy Clarkson: 12/1 - Paddy Power
- Steve Coogan: 14/1 - William Hill
- James Martin may be more famous for his culinary delights, but the Yorkshire-born TV chef knows a thing or two about the world of performance cars. The 44-year-old has a wealth of presenting experience after hosting Saturday Kitchen (2006-2016) and appearing as a guest presenter on The One Show and This Morning.
- Guy Martin may have made his name on the motorcycling track, but has more recently branched out into the world of television. The Grimsby-born rider has made a number of documentaries, each proving that he is competent and able, but could the 34-year-old command the same respect from the Top Gear faithful?
- Jenson Button would certainly be able to bring a great deal of knowledge to the role having competed on the Formula 1 circuit since 2000. However, a lack of presenting experience may hold the 36-year-old back, and a demanding filming schedule could force the McLaren-Honda driver to consider his options.
- Philip Glenister is best known for playing no-nonsense DCI Gene Hunt on the BBC series Life on Mars. The 53-year-old may have made his name as an actor, but is no stranger when it comes to motors, having presented For the Love of Cars, a 2014 series for Channel 4.
- Rebecca Jackson may be unknown to many, but her experience as a racing driver and motoring journalist certainly prove that she has the passion to take on the job. One of the youngest frontrunners, Jackson may connect with a younger audience, but older viewers may feel alienated.
- Dermot O’Leary has seen his profile rocket since he first hit TV screens in 1998 as the presenter of T4. Now 43, O’Leary has presented a wide range of programmes and may fancy a fresh challenge.
- Jeremy Clarkson is no doubt the go-to guy when it comes to presenting motoring shows. A regular on television screens since 1988, the former Top Gear host would be a popular appointment amongst fans, but the 56-year old, who now appears on Amazon Video’s ‘The Grand Tour’, is unlikely to return to the BBC following his controversial departure in 2015.
- Steve Coogan is a self confessed fan of Top Gear and has even appeared on the show a number of times. The 50-year-old is a popular choice to take the helm and would be able to provide a comic element that could usher in a new wave of fans.
Following his departure, reports have suggested that the BBC will not be looking to replace Evans right away, leaving Matt Le Blanc to battle through with the help of Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan, Rory Reid and the Stig. One criticism of the Evans era was that he lacked chemistry with his co-host, meaning that any possible replacement would require some form of rapport with his or her counterparts. With filming for the new series set to start in September, BBC bosses may see how the show fares without Evans, but a further fall in ratings may require a new host to be found, with Dermot O’Leary, Guy Martin and Steve Coogan all names to keep an eye on.
- Sport’s.net top tip: Next Top Gear Presenter - Dermot O’Leary 12/1 - BetVictor
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.