The presenter line-up for China’s own version of BBC motoring show Top Gear have been unveiled.
Actor, singer and professional racer Ren Xianqi (Richie Jen), famous TV host and Golden Microphone Award winner, Cheng Lei, and twice Olympic diving gold medallist and actor, Tian Liang, will lead Top Gear China when it premieres on 5th November.
The show is being produced by BBC Worldwide and production partner Honyee Media and will be available on satellite broadcaster Shanghai Dragon TV and OTT platform, iQIYI.com.
BBC Worldwide say it will mirror the UK show’s “irreverent humour and camaraderie between the three presenters” and bring viewers the familiar mix of epic races, outrageous stunts and challenges, unique celebrity guest participation and eccentric methods of testing cars.
“This franchise is a proven winner worldwide and the hosting team of Richie Jen, Cheng Lei and Tian Liang that have come together for the China version offers a perfect match of humour, insider know-how and priceless track experience,” said Pierre Cheung, VP and GM, BBC Worldwide, Greater China.
“With Honyee Media, we are going to create a high-powered show that, like the original, will keep viewers of all ages clutching the edge of their seats.”
“We are very excited about the three hosts,” said Mier Ai, CEO of Honyee Media. “We are confident that our audiences will enjoy the adventures they embark on together will get up to together. They share an undoubtedly special chemistry.”