Jeremy Clarkson’s final Top Gear scenes to be shown later this year

Jeremy Clarkson’s last Top Gear scenes will be shown later this year.

The scenes, filmed before he was dismissed from the show for punching a producer, will be aired later this year, according a senior BBC executive.

Kim Shillinglaw, the head of BBC2, said the Top Gear crew were not able to shoot enough material for a full show, but that there was ‘no way’ she would let the available material go to waste.

Shillinglaw indicated that Clarkson’s final minutes on Top Gear would be aired this summer, but she gave nothing away about a potential successor to the outspoken host.

Asked whether she was considering a woman for the role, she said: “I worked a lot with female presenters and when I used to work in science that was something across the piste that I really wanted to tackle.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever approached an individual show thinking that was the way I want to cast it so I think it’s an open book on that. We’ll definitely look at some women, but it’s not a driving priority.”