Jeremy Clarkson hints at TV return as former Top Gear trio begin arena tour

Jeremy Clarkson during the opening night of the show
Jeremy Clarkson during the opening night of the show
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Former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May took to the stage together for the first time since Clarkson was dropped by the BBC - but hinted at a TV return.

The trio opened their show Clarkson, Hammond and May Live in Belfast ahead of the global tour arriving in Sheffield on June 5.

Jeremy Clarkson in a Reliant Robin

Jeremy Clarkson in a Reliant Robin

The show was formerly Top Gear Live but has been rebranded after the show’s current presenters left following Clarkson’s ‘fracas’ with a producer.

Clarkson, from Doncaster, burst on the stage in a hovercraft to sound of Eye Of The Tiger, before dropping hints of a new TV programme. He said: “We have had a lot of interest from all around the world in our TV programme and who knows what may happen.”

The performance in Northern Ireland was laced with irony, with repeated swipes at paperwork and lawyers. It was also predictably politically incorrect, with jokes about the French and disability, swooning at a scantily clad runner and lots of fast cars.

The motoring stars said they opted to start the tour in “Bel-Fast” because “it is a long way from the Daily Mail offices”.

Richard Hammond and James May during the show's opening night

Richard Hammond and James May during the show's opening night

The trio raced three-wheeled Reliant Robins around the track, before a parade of supercars rolled onto the stage for the crowd to marvel at.

Popular Top Gear staple car football made an appearance - with red and green cars representing England and Northern Ireland, and a giant white ball.

A giant ‘salad shaker’ globe contained motorcyclists, and May was invited to stand in it.

He asked about a helmet but was told it would not protect him although “it would make his head easier to find”.

Clarkson said: “Don’t worry if it goes wrong, they are only French.”

The show is coming to Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena from June 5 to 7.

Tickets, starting at £38.50, are available from motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk