High Gear season axed after severe crash

Filming for season 34 of High Gear received’t restart after a December 2022 crash involving presenter and cricket legend Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff.

The Sun quotes a spokesperson for the BBC, who stated “Beneath the circumstances, we really feel it might be inappropriate to renew making collection 34”.

“We perceive this will probably be disappointing for followers, however it’s the proper factor to do, and we’ll make a judgment about how greatest to proceed later this yr,” the spokesperson instructed The Sun.

“This has additionally impacted the manufacturing group, who we proceed to help. Lastly there will probably be a well being and security evaluation of the present, consistent with our procedures.”

Flintoff was driving a Morgan Tremendous 3 on December 13, 2022, when the automobile flipped and slid alongside the High Gear monitor in Dunsfold, UK.

He reportedly suffered damaged ribs and facial accidents within the crash, regardless of sporting a helmet. A member of the movie crew was within the passenger seat, and was additionally injured within the accident.

The host, who presents the most recent tackle High Gear alongside Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris, was airlifted to hospital following the crash.

High Gear has seen a variety of hosts for the reason that departure of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James Might in 2015.

The primary rebirth had radio presenter Chris Evans and Pals star Matt LeBlanc on the helm, backed by Chris Harris, Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, and Eddie Jordan.

In 2019, the present presenting trio took the wheel.

High Gear extra broadly is not any stranger to large crashes. Richard Hammond barely escaped together with his life after an accident in a jet-powered drag automobile whereas filming in 2006.