FANS OF Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond may want to book Friday November 18 off work. That’s the day the three former Top Gear presenters launch their new show, The Grand Tour, and, to go by first impressions, the old formula of leg-pulling, tyre-smoking and cocking-about looks alive and kicking.
A preview of the new series suggests there will be plenty of speed — it includes a shootout between the so-called holy trinity of supercars, the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder — banter, as James May has his leg pulled over his broken arm, and memorable locations, including Barbados, Portugal and, er, Whitby.
The Grand Tour has a roadshow format, travelling from country to country. So the production team, led by Andy Wilman, the former executive producer for BBC Top Gear, built a set and studio in a tent — at a cost, reportedly, of £2.5m.
To watch the new show you will need a subscription to Amazon Prime, which costs £79 a year in the UK. In addition to TV shows such as The Grand Tour, subscribers can download or stream films and music. They also qualify for free and/or one-day delivery of many items ordered on Amazon.