Jeremy Clarkson Drops Bombshell On Car Show: “The Grand Tour has changed”
The Grand Tour presenters have made it known that they are ditching the traditional format for a road trip reality-style adventure featuring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May. The format had started with The Grand Tour Presents: Seamen and will continue in the upcoming Madagascar Special, The Grand Tour Presents: A Massive Hunt.
The first episode of series 4, named ‘Seamen,’ gave us the first new insight into the new format of the show – with Clarkson, Hammond, and May embarking on a boat-themed adventure in Vietnam. Fans weren’t too happy with the way the trio left the cars at the riverside, with many stating their disappointment at the removal of their favourite sections within the tent.
Host Clarkson added new information on the show’s new direction during a short interview with DriveTribe.
The host of the interview asked Clarkson whether they’ll be reviewing cars, such as the Maloo GTSR, which is tagged as one of the most powerful modern road cars. Clarkson gave a straight “no” as an answer. This will be down to the fact that the trio won’t be focussing on the cars, with the focus instead being on the story of the episode, unlike rival Top Gear which has specific car review segments by the hands of Chris Harris.
Clarkson further explained:
“But as you know The Grand Tour has changed its format now,” he continued.
“It’s just big adventures, so the days of taking a car to the track and bombing around are sort of gone.”
The host also divulged details on how Andy Wilman, producer of the show, suffered from COVID earlier this year while the editing of the latest special was taking place:
“The producer of the show, Andy Wilman, who also edits it for months and months and months, he had to take to his bed.
“Barely able to breathe, I’m not actually making this up, barely able to breathe.”
Clarkson updated Hogg on Wilman’s situation:
“Then he coughed his spleen out on a number of occasions – (he) was very, very, very poorly. Anyway, the good news is he’s better.”
He goes on to explain that despite this, all the editing suites and voiceover suites were closed, which made it incredibly difficult to push forward with the edit. This obviously pushed the date back further, and since it was finished earlier this year, Amazon sat on the finished edit for months.
We’re happy to learn that Andy Wilman has made a full recovery, and we are happy to announce The Grand Tour Presents: A Massive Hunt is coming to Amazon Prime Video on the 18th of December.
In just a few days, fans will see the trio back on the road with plenty of mishaps, bloopers, squabble, and high powered modified cars in the rugged yet fascinating backdrop of Madagascar.
it’s pretty simple… even though bezos is worth 185 billion dollars, he isn’t going to spend the 10’s of millions necessary for these guys to fly around the planet and spend his money. i am sure the new budget they have is going into their pockets… and not into equipment and location costs. now they have crappy cars, a few people on a camera crew following them and the three hosts. i am sure the cost of that is far less than their old formats costs. if they were smart they would reserve 10 minutes to 15 minutes to discuss important and relevant car news… then off to the adventure. the world of super cars has become banal and monotonous. every 15 minutes there is a new one, a new record and a new ridiculous cost to purchase. i wish them well as i enjoy their spin on adventure and hope the public enjoys the new “format”.
great to see you guys coming back. I thought Seamen was a blast.