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James May to present a BBC programme about cars – but it’s not what you think…

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james mayJAMES MAY is going to be back on the screen soon presenting a TV programme about cars. But calm down… it’s not a return to Top Gear.

He’ll be fronting a two-week BBC2 programme called Building Cars Live, which will show how a car is put together on BMW’s Mini plant in Oxford.

His other presenters are Kate Humble, of Springwatch fame, and Ant Anstead, a presenter on Channel 4’s For The Love Of Cars.


The BBC says the show will go behind the scenes of the UK’s car manufacturing industry to explain the science and engineering involved, and will consist of two 90 minute live episodes. It will air in the autumn.

The programmes will track in real time the transformation from raw materials to the finished vehicle. It will also ‘step outside the factory’, visiting car manufacturers across the UK to ‘bust the myth that British manufacturing is dead’.

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Colin is a former editor of Car Dealer. He left the magazine in August 2015.

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