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The first series of the Amazon motoring show The Grand Tour, starring ex-Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, premiered on the 18th of November, 2016 and running until the 2nd of February, 2017.

Filming for the studio segments of the show began in July of 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa, while filming for the films began on the 7th of October, 2015 in Portugal. Studio segments for the show were filmed across the world, in South Africa, the United States, United Kingdom, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Arab Emirates. Films for the series were also shot across the world, in France, Italy, Barbados, Morocco, and Jordan, with one special two-part episode being filmed in Namibia and Angola.

Shortly after the airing of the show's thirteenth episode, and first series finale, 'Past v Future' it was confirmed through social media that the show would return for a second series, which began airing in December 2017.


Episode Synopsis Tent Location
The Holy Trinity The guys head to Portugal to test the 'holy trinity' of supercars - the P1, the LaFerrari, and the 918 Spyder - in a shootout at the Portimao Circuit Southern California, United States
Operation Desert Stumble In Jordan, the guys tackle a special forces challenge at a disused quarry. Also, Clarkson finally gets his hands on the Aston Martin Vulcan. Johannesburg, South Africa
Opera, Arts and Donuts The presenters head to Italy for a supercar road trip across the northern part of the country. Also, Jeremy finally pays for losing his bet at Portimao. Whitby, England
Enviro-mental The guys attempt to build cars entirely out of sustainable materials. Also, Clarkson hits the track in a Porsche 911 GT3 RS and a BMW M4 GTS. Whitby, England
Moroccan Roll The presenters head to Morocco for a three-way sports car shootout, involving some stunning scenery, movie sets, and some livestock. Also, Hammond and May recreate the classic board game battleships with cars. Rotterdam, Netherlands
Happy Finnish Christmas Hammond and Clarkson put the Ford Mustang and the Ford Focus RS head-to-head in Somerset while James relives the rivalry between Ford and Ferrari at the Le Mans endurance race of the 60s. Back at the tent, the guys give ideas for Christmas gifts for motoring enthusiasts. Lapland, Finland
The Beach (Buggy) Boys, Pt. 1 (Namibia Special, Pt. 1) The guys head to Windhoek, Namibia for an epic journey across the deserts of Africa, including a trip through the eerily beautiful Skeleton Coast, to neighbouring Angola in three dune buggies. None
The Beach (Buggy) Boys, Pt. 2 (Namibia Special, Pt. 2) The guys continue their trek through the Namib desert, with serious accidents threatening the functionality of both Clarkson and Hammond's buggies. Along the way, the guys stop off in the Namibian bush to partake in rhino conservation efforts. None
Berks To The Future May hits the Top Gear test track in the new Honda NSX, Hammond builds a car that can survive a 'doomsday' scenario, and Clarkson sets about building a new kind of SUV. Stuttgart, Germany
Dumb Fight at the O.K. Coral The presenters head to Barbados and attempt to build a coral reef out of used car shells. Also, Clarkson drives the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Nashville, United States
Italian Lessons The guys buy secondhand Maseratis and take them on a tour of Northern France, taking in a series of challenges along the way. Elsewhere, Hammond hits the test track in the new Fiat Abarth. Loch Ness, Scotland
(Censored) to (Censored) The guys head off an road trip through Central Europe in exotic cars, taking in some of the most grown-up and not-at-all rude place names the region has to offer. Loch Ness, Scotland
Past v Future For the series finale, May and Clarkson pit their own cars against each other, Hammond learns how to drift professionally, May takes part in a sport called winching, and the Veyron is pitted against the 918 Spyder. Dubai, United Arab Emirates


The Grand Tour began filming in October 2015 at the Algarve Circuit in Portimao, Portugal. Filming for these pre-recorded segments continued through to the end of 2016. The first studio segments, for the show's second episode, were filmed in Johannesburg, South Africa in July 2016. The studio segments for the show's premiere episode, however, were filmed in September 2016 in the region of Southern California.


After the airing of 'The Holy Trinity' in November, the show received almost universal praise from fans and critics alike. The show's IMDb page rated the series at 9.7 out of 10 at that time. However, after the airing of 'Operation Desert Stumble' the following week, reaction was far more mixed. The show's rating, then, fell to a 9.0 out of 10 on IMDb. Reviewers and fans have been critical of the show's Celebrity Brain Crash segment as well as the use of The American for timed laps. Additionally, critical response to the show's Namibia Special was underwhelming, especially when compared to previous Top Gear specials. Later, fans and critics applauded episodes such as 'The Holy Trinity', 'Italian Lessons', 'Moroccan Roll', '(Censored) to (Censored)', and 'Happy Finnish Christmas' but reacted negatively to 'Dumb Fight at the O.K. Coral', 'Enviro-mental', 'Operation Desert Stumble', 'Past v Future', and both parts of 'The Beach (Buggy) Boys'.