The BBC has just announced that Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff will join Chris Harris as the trio of presenters for Top Gear starting in 2019.

Matt LeBlanc announced earlier this year that the next series - 26 - would be his last as he wants to spend more time with family and friends; Top Gear was taking up too much time. So the world wondered what would become of the BBC's car show... and now we know. 

If you're wondering. Rory will stick around and continue to present Extra Gear, as will Sabine Schmitz.

New Top Gear air date: When is the new Top Gear on?

Top Gear Series 26 release date: Early 2019

We're still waiting for the exact date Top Gear season 26 will air, but in the press release it says that LeBlanc's last series will air in early 2019. That's a long six-month wait for those hoping the show would return to screens later in 2018.

It also tells us that production on Series 27 will begin in early 2019 - with the new presenters' inaugural series premiering later in the year.

Also see: How to watch The Grand Tour.

How to watch new Top Gear

When the new series airs you'll be able to watch Top Gear through regular broadcast TV or BBC iPlayer. Note that you will need a TV Licence for both of these options.

If you're wanting to watch the new Top Gear from outside the UK then you'll need to use a VPN. There are free ones like Hola which let you browse from the UK in order to access iPlayer or paid ones if that doesn't work.Check out our chart of the best VPNs and how to watch UK TV from anywhere in the world.

Alternatively, Top Gear episodes and series are available from iTunes and Amazon Video.

New Top Gear presenters

Se we know who will present series 26: LeBlanc, Harris and Reid.

But what about the new guys? Top Gear bosses promise "that the car will remain the real star of the show but hint at an even further escalation of humour, jeopardy and insurance bills as they embark on some of the show’s biggest adventures to date".

Paddy is a Lancashire-born comedian who is best known for dating show Take Me Out, broadcast on ITV. Freddie - actually Andrew - Flintoff is a cricket legend and TV presenter. Neither is known, or well known, for their love of cars, so it remains to be seen whether Top Gear becomes a comedy or whether Harris can keep it grounded. We'll have to wait and see.