Freddie Flintoff set to make television return two years after horror Top Gear crash

Cricket star Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff is officially returning to television screens almost two years after his horrific Top Gear crash.

The 46-year-old is set to present a second series of Field of Dreams, his BBC cricket documentary.

The British broadcaster made the announcement in its annual plan, which was released overnight – four months after it confirmed Top Gear had been axed following Flintoff’s high-speed accident.

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In the new series, Flintoff will return to his home city of Preston, Lancashire to take a young sports team, which he assembled in the first series broadcast in July 2022, on tour.

It’s not yet clear when the second series will be aired.

Field of Dreams‘ second series was first confirmed to have been commissioned in October 2022, but there had been no further updates until now due to Flintoff’s high-profile crash while filming Top Gear that December.

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The accident was Flintoff’s third during his time as co-host, and saw the former England cricket captain airlifted to hospital from the show’s test track at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome in Surrey.

It was reported in October 2023 that Flintoff had reached a compensation settlement of £9 million (approx. $17.4 million) with BBC Studios for the severe facial injuries he sustained.

The BBC apologised to Flintoff for the crash in March 2023, and that apology was reiterated in October when the compensation agreement had been reached.

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The broadcaster also stated previously they were working with Flintoff on unspecified “new projects”.

The fate of Top Gear had been in debate ever since Flintoff’s crash, with BBC handing down its crown jewel’s fate in November 2023.

In a statement, BBC Studios confirmed the flagship motoring show would be put on an extended hiatus after 46 years on air.

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BBC’s decision “to rest” the series for the “foreseeable future” came after an external health and safety investigation, the findings of which BBC said would not be published.

A separate health and safety report, which examined previous Top Gear seasons, said ”there were important learnings” as to the way the show was produced.

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