Paddy McGuinness reveals Top Gear was cut short due to problems caused by the pandemic  

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The new series of Top Gear is set to air on the BBC on Sunday.

But the latest season will be a little shorter than usual, because host Paddy McGuinness revealed the it was cut short due to 'difficulties' caused by the pandemic. 

While speaking to Metro.co.uk, Paddy, 47, said that the 30th instalment of the show will only have four episodes. 

Four episodes: Paddy McGuinness revealed that the newest season of Top Gear was cut short due to 'difficulties' caused by the pandemic

He also revealed that he and fellow co-hosts Freddie Flintoff, 43, and Chris Harris, 46, have already started coming up with ideas for a future series. 

Paddy said: 'It had its difficulties this one, and that's why we could only do four. 

'We're already starting to look at the next series and, fingers crossed, hopefully the restrictions will start easing and we will have a bit more license. Who knows, we might even be able to do a trip abroad again.' 

Since 2016, each season has been between five and seven episodes long, and have always been filmed with a studio audience, which will not be happening this time round.    

Paddy added that the cast have become 'more comfortable' with each other and have improved as the show is progressing.

More to come: Paddy he and fellow co-hosts Freddie Flintoff, 43, (left) and Chris Harris, 46, (centre) have already started coming up with ideas for a future series

He said: 'As each series has gone on, we've got more and more comfortable with each other. With the stuff we've been through, you can open up a little bit more.' 

The first trailer for the new series was released in February, and shows the men getting 'emotional' while driving same cars their fathers had when they were children. 

It caused the men to reminisce about their dads and the lessons they've learnt as parents.

While speaking with The Mirror, sports star Freddie declared that being a father-of-four is his biggest achievement and said he wants to be like his dad Colin.  

 Changes: Since 2016, each season has been between five and seven episodes long, and have always been filmed with a studio audience, which will not be happening this time round

Freddie told the publication: 'Not just being a father, being a good one is probably the biggest achievement you could have.

'I've got four kids and as we were driving around, you start comparing yourself to your dad. I want to be like my dad and I'm thinking about how I'm bringing my kids up and how he brought his kids up.'

Freddie is married to wife Rachael and they share four children - Rocky, Preston, Holly and Corey. 

Co-host Chris, who has three children, said: 'Being a good dad is the toughest thing you do. Spending time in those cars just brought it all flooding back.' 

While father-of-three Paddy, 47, revealed that filming in the pandemic has meant he's been able to spend more time at home with his autistic children and wife Christine.

Sweet: The trio discussed how being a dad is the 'toughest' thing in an interview ahead of the new series starting (seen hugging in a trailer for the show)

It's going to be entertaining! Other segments will see them testing out Mid-life Crisis Cars and also driving Bond cars

The star explained how the Top Gear team would usually be jetting abroad to film, however the 2021 series has been UK based meaning he's never too far from home.

For the emotionally charged segment, the three celebrities get behind the wheels of a BMW, Ford Fiesta and a Cortina. 

The BBC have pulled out all the stops for the trio's fourth series together, as they teamed up with the 007 franchise to pay homage to some of the best loved - and lesser known - cars driven by James Bond.  

Freddie, Paddy and Chris test out the classic Aston Martin DB5 that was first seen in Goldfinger, as well as the Renault 11 Parisienne taxi that Roger Moore piloted in A View To A Kill in 1985. 

The new series starts on BBC1 on Sunday at 8pm.  

'We've got more comfortable with each other': Paddy added that the show has been 'improving' as the cast mates get to know each other better

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