Jeremy Clarkson’s all new TV show, The Grand Tour is set to air in November on Amazon Prime.
Following the poor ratings of the new line up Top Gear, and the subsequent departure of Chris Evans for the second series, it would appear that the timing is perfect for this show’s debut which has been eagerly awaited by the loyal fans of Clarkson. Advertised by the critics as a rival to Top Gear, many believe that this is actually Top Gear but under a different name.
The Grand Tour will once again see together on screen Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. All three presenters signed with Amazon Prime back in July this year. What is even more impressive is that Clarkson has reportedly enticed actors, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron to act as roving reporters for the show. With a reported budget of £160 million, this isn’t so surprising.
The show promises to have all of the usual stunts and inappropriate behaviour as before. It is rumoured that in one episode May will be driving with a broken arm, and in another episode they will all be road testing Maserati’s and a Porsche. It is not so surprising that the show will very much resemble that of Top Gear, but certain elements will not be present, including the much loved Stig, because of BBC ownership rights. What will still be a big part of the show though is the live studio audience, with pre-recorded ‘live’ segments being interspersed with filmed shots from across the globe. Amazon are planning to release tickets for the recording of future shows as part of a prize draw.
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In the very first episode you will see the presenters driving like hybrid hyper cars, including a McLaren P1, a Ferrari LaFerrari and the stunning Porsche 918 Spyder. All of the cars can reach speeds of over 200mph, with the Ferrari costing a staggering £1.15 million. However, it is not just the supercars that grab the limelight, you will also be able to see all three presenters driving the faithful Reliant Robin. As the Top Gear test track is no longer available to them, all road testing will now be carried out on various race circuits across the world, including the famous international racing circuit in Algarve, Portugal.