The Grand Tour is a motoring show on Amazon Prime featuring ex-Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May. The show's executive producer, Andy Wilman, also moved from Top Gear to work on the new show. The Grand Tour was officially announced on the 30th of July, 2015, after months of speculation, by the online streaming service Amazon Prime. It was revealed that the trio had signed for three series of the show, the first of which began on the 18th of November, 2016. A second series will begin in late 2017.
The show officially began filming its first serues on the 7th of October, 2015 when Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond published pictures from their first shoot. The first set of studio segments for the show were filmed in July, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The show has since filmed in the US, the Netherlands, England, Finland, Germany, Scotland, and the United Arab Emirates.
The show was left untitled for many months with promotional videos being released focussing on the presenters' struggle to come up with a name. However, on the 12th of May, 2016, the name was finally revealed to be 'The Grand Tour', reflecting the worldwide nature of the show. More details about the show were also revealed, most notably that the show's format would closely mimic that of Top Gear, featuring studio segments that were to be recorded in a tent that changes locations in almost every episode.
In filming for series 2, Richard Hammond was involved in two series car accidents. The first occurred in Mozambique, where Hammond was knocked unconscious after falling off a motorcycle. The second more serious incident occurred in Switzerland while filming the series 2 premiere. Hammond crashed a Rimac Concept car while competing in a hill-climb event. The car subsequently caught fire and was completely destroyed. Hammond, meanwhile, was hospitalised with a fractured knee. The accident delayed the series 2 premiere from October to November.
The first series of The Grand Tour is the current and most recent season of the show, airing from November 2016 to early 2017. It will include 13 episodes, 10 of which have aired as of current. The series will include the first special episode of The Grand Tour set in Namibia.
|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 second series of The Grand Tour began filming in February 2017 and will air sometime later in the same year. It is unknown how many episodes will air as part of the season, though it will likely be 12 given that 36 episodes of the show are scheduled to air over the next three years.
In this segment, usually around 10 to 20 minutes into the show and lasting 5 to 10 minutes, the presenters discuss motoring news, motoring topics, and recent events. The segment is always introduced by Richard Hammond and is accompanied by a 10 second title which features black silhouettes of the presenters against a white background. The title screen varies from episode-to-episode; for example, the title screens have, in the past, featured Jeremy in high-heels, Hammond with a bird on his arm, and the presenters with sombreros.
Celebrity Brain Crash
In this segment, usually around 30 to 40 minutes into the show and lasting 1 to 5 minutes, the presenters introduce a celebrity who is to come into the tent for an interview. The celebrity always begins outside of the tent and is always 'killed' before they enter the tent. Guests on CBC have included Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Charlize Theron, and Armie Hammer. The segment always ends with James asking, "So, does that mean he/she/they isn't/aren't coming on then?"
The following is a list of locations in which The Grand Tour has filmed or will film a studio segment:
- Southern California, USA
- Johannesburg, South Africa
- Nashville, USA
- Stuttgart, Germany
- Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Lapland, Finland
- Loch Ness, Scotland
- Whitby, England
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates