Top Gear start date 'set to clash with Britain's Got Talent live shows'

So when will Top Gear's new series start on BBC Two?

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BBC's new Top Gear series is set to start against Britain's Got Talent.

Although no schedules for either Top Gear on BGT have been confirmed just yet, it's been reported that the two shows are heading for a clash in the schedules.

The Daily Mirror reports that the Britain's Got Talent live shows start on Sunday, May 22.

That's the same rumoured start date as Top Gear's return having previously been delayed two weeks due to filming.

The new series will be fronted by Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc and follows the axing of previous presenter Jeremy Clarkson, followed by the exits of James May and Richard Hammond.

With the pressure on for the new Top Gear to be a success, going up against BGT could prove difficult: The show last weekend posted the biggest rating of 2016 so far with almost 12 million viewers.

A source told the Daily Mirror: “The BBC has pulled a sharp handbrake turn.”

“Top Gear is already under intense scrutiny and the last thing they need is to try and launch it against ITV’s most popular show.”

The paper claims that Top Gear's delayed run has already been cut down from eight to six episodes ahead of its planned debut.

A spokesperson for the BBC said: “We have always said we will launch in May and full scheduling details will be announced in due course.”

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