13/04/2015 05:11 BST | Updated 13/04/2015 05:59 BST

Jeremy Clarkson To Be Replaced On 'Top Gear' By Philip Glenister?

Philip Glenister has become the latest celebrity to be added to the long list of potential replacements for Jeremy Clarkson on ‘Top Gear’.


The actor and car fanatic is reportedly among producers’ top picks to front the BBC motoring show, as part of a “massive revamp”, coming next year.

An insider tells The Sun: “Philip is a real man’s man, so we know he will appeal to the viewers who tuned in because they liked Jeremy.

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Philip Glenister

“But we also know he has a lot of credibility because he is a genuine car fanatic, and is clearly very comfortable talking about them.

"It also helps that he is considered a friend of the BBC.”

Best known for his role as DCI Gene Hunt in ‘Life on Mars’ and its follow-up ‘Ashes to Ashes’, last year Philip made his presenting debut on the Channel 4 show ‘For The Love Of Cars’, alongside car restoration expert Ant Anstead.

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Jeremy Clarkson

The source continues: “‘For The Love Of Cars’ gave the bosses a real feel for Philip as a TV presenter, and they were impressed.

“There are more experienced hosts being considered, but they just think he would be a really good fit for next year’s ‘Top Gear’.

"They are planning a massive revamp, but at the same time they don’t want to reinvent the wheel - it still has to appeal to fans."

After much speculation, last month it was confirmed that Jeremy would not be returning to present ‘Top Gear’, following a “fracas” with producer Oisin Tymon, which an official investigation revealed included verbal abuse as well as a 30-second physical attack.

It was thought last week that Jeremy could be returning to the BBC to front one episode of ‘Have I Got News For You’, though it was later confirmed that he had pulled out of his planned appearance.

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