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Freddie Flintoff’s BBC shows confirmed as he recovers from Top Gear horror crash

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Freddie Flintoff will reportedly be off air until at least 2024 as he continues to recover from the shocking Top Gear crash that left him ‘lucky to be alive’.

The former England cricket ace, 45, was airlifted to hospital with facial injuries and broken ribs following a collision at the Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey on December 13 last year. 

Production on the motoring series had already been halted by the cooperation and now it’s believed another of Freddie’s show has been shelved. 

The unnamed BBC2 series, in a similar vein to The Repair Shop, was due to see vehicle owners bringing in their old bangers to be repaired by Freddie and his team.

With a source telling the publication: ‘It was hoped that the restoration show might have been an easy way back into making television for Freddie, who’s clearly been shaken up by the accident’.

Recovery: Freddie Flintoff, 45, will reportedly be off air until at least 2024 as he continues to recover from his shocking Top Gear crash that left him 'lucky to be alive (pictured in 2022)

Recovery: Freddie Flintoff, 45, will reportedly be off air until at least 2024 as he continues to recover from his shocking Top Gear crash that left him ‘lucky to be alive (pictured in 2022)

Shock: The former England cricket ace was airlifted to hospital with facial injuries and broken ribs following a collision at the Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey on December 13 last year

Shock: The former England cricket ace was airlifted to hospital with facial injuries and broken ribs following a collision at the Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey on December 13 last year 

On hold: Production on the motoring series had already been halted by the cooperation and now it's believed another of Freddie's show has been shelved (L-R: Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness)

On hold: Production on the motoring series had already been halted by the cooperation and now it’s believed another of Freddie’s show has been shelved (L-R: Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness)

‘And the fact that he could have been making it this spring meant there was a chance we could see him back on our screens by the end of the year

‘But it’s not a good sign that the filming has been called off at such a relatively late stage, and viewers will be gutted that such a popular star has been off air for so long.’ 

MailOnline have contacted Freddie’s reps and the BBC for comment. 

Last month Freddie was seen for the first time since his horror smash which left him seriously injured four months earlier. 

The had been driving an open-topped three-wheel 130mph Morgan Super 3 car for the motoring show when the vehicle flipped at an aerodrome.

He was left with broken ribs and serious facial injuries after the accident and has been resting up since, cancelling his work commitments.

But Andrew was spotted with his face covered and wearing a bucket hat while sitting in the passenger seat of his car while wife Rachael drove, in pictures published by The Sun on Sunday.

An onlooker told the publication: ‘He was reading something on his phone, and stayed in the car while Rachael popped into a shop.

Gutted: The unnamed BBC2 series, in a similar vein to The Repair Shop, was due to see vehicle owners bringing in their old bangers to be repaired by Freddie and his team (seen on Top Gear last year)

Gutted: The unnamed BBC2 series, in a similar vein to The Repair Shop, was due to see vehicle owners bringing in their old bangers to be repaired by Freddie and his team (seen on Top Gear last year)

Accident: He had been was driving an open-topped three-wheel 130mph Morgan Super 3 car for the motoring show when the vehicle flipped

Accident: He had been was driving an open-topped three-wheel 130mph Morgan Super 3 car for the motoring show when the vehicle flipped

Recovery: Andrew was spotted with his face covered and wearing a bucket hat while in the passenger seat of his car while wife Rachael drove last month (Andrew and Rachel pictured in 2019)

Recovery: Andrew was spotted with his face covered and wearing a bucket hat while in the passenger seat of his car while wife Rachael drove last month (Andrew and Rachel pictured in 2019)

‘It was good to see him out and about in public, and apparently doing well after what he has been through.

‘He did look as though he had lost a bit of weight, though.’

It comes after a BBC chief said it would be ‘really inappropriate’ to resume filming Top Gear as Andrew recovers from his horror crash.

The ex-England cricket ace cheated death after he was involved in a smash on the Top Gear test track while filming the motoring TV programme at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey.

He was airlifted to hospital in December last year after he flipped a three-wheel open-top Morgan Super 3. It was later said he was ‘lucky to be alive’ following the crash.

In March, the BBC announced that ‘under the circumstances’ they feel ‘it would be inappropriate to resume making series 34 of Top Gear at this time’ following an internal investigation into the accident.

Speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild (BPG) event on Thursday, chief content officer at the BBC Charlotte Moore was asked if the corporation is committed to Top Gear returning.

Charlotte said: ‘My priority at the moment is supporting Freddie through his recovery so I think it would be really inappropriate for us to resume filming now.

 ‘I think when we get to the point where he feels ready… and we’ll get to thinking about getting him back.’

On hold: Charlotte Moore, chief content officer at the BBC (pictured), said it would be 'inappropriate' to start filming Top gear while Freddie is in recovery

On hold: Charlotte Moore, chief content officer at the BBC (pictured), said it would be ‘inappropriate’ to start filming Top gear while Freddie is in recovery

She added: ‘I think we’ve got to talk about what Freddie wants to do. When someone’s in recovery, I don’t think we would push that … I think that would be really inappropriate, I wouldn’t be happy.

‘I think you’ve got to be really human about this and do the right thing.’

A statement from the BBC earlier this year said that there will be a health and safety review of the show, ‘in line with our procedures’ following the accident involving the former cricketer on December 13.

It is understood that a decision about resuming filming will be made later in the year.

Sportsman Freddie has taken time off from all work to recover and Top Gear will reportedly not return.

The Morgan Motor Company was known for making three-wheel cars before the war before bringing them back into production in the 2000s.

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