We finally have a date for the debut of the long-awaited Series 23 of Top Gear. The revamped motoring programme – with an all-new seven-host cast – returns to the small screen in the United Kingdom in just over two weeks, on May 29.

New lead presenter Chris Evans will be joined by Matt LeBlanc (yes, he of Friends fame), former Formula One team owner Eddie Jordan, Nürburgring queen Sabine Schmitz, motoring scribe turned YouTube star Chris Harris and car journalist Rory Reid. The BBC claims the team has gone on a tour of nine countries in eight months to film the new season, travelling a combined total of over 12,000 km.

As we’ve seen in the trailers, the rejigged TG won’t be short for action, featuring cars like the Ariel Nomad in the Moroccan desert, a Dodge Viper ACR chasing a Chevrolet Corvette Z06 in Nevada, the new Audi R8 at Laguna Seca and a Ferrari F12tdf going sideways around Paul Ricard.

Evans and LeBlanc will also be taking Reliant Rialtos to a rainy Blackpool, and of course, the Stig will be back on the Top Gear track. Don’t forget, there will also be Extra Gear, a spin-off show that takes a behind-the-scenes look at TG, which will be broadcast after the show proper.

Of course, the Beebs’ won’t have the only motoring programme around – former TG hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are also debuting the newly-named The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime this autumn.