After more than a year of being off-air, the former Top Gear trio is now on The Grand Tour. Yes, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May -- three personalities who had been the life of British Broadcasting Corp.’s Top Gear – are making a TV comeback, but not on BBC.
The trio had received various criticisms on the way they handled Top Gear. However, they had some kind of charming magic that made TV audience stick to BBC’s auto show. After their departure, BBC started implementing a new format, hiring Chris Evans, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan, Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid and Sabine Schmitz as new presenters. These new hosts – while lauded for their potential – failed to charm the target audience at the same level as Clarkson, Hammond and May. This resulted to the dipping ratings of the show.
On the other hand, there has been a good chunk of audience who has been waiting for the TV return of the Clarkson, Hammond and May. And they are returning – but on Amazon Video’s Amazon Prime. Along with former Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman, Clarkson, Hammond and May inked a three-year agreement with Amazon Prime for a total of 36 episodes – or three seasons of 12 episodes each. The Grand Tour will be released concurrently in the United States and United Kingdom on Amazon Prime on a weekly basis starting later this year 2016.
The Grand Tour recently released its first trailer – a clip that lasts a minute and a half – showing what the audience could expect from the show. Snippets from the show include a number of supercars like McLaren P1, Porsche 918 and LaFerrari featured an Aston Martin Vulcan, an Alfa Romeo 4C Spider and a Mazda MX-5 Miata.
Of course, the charming chemistry between Clarkson, Hammond and May is easily felt on the trailer, armed with their usual mischief and tomfooleries. The trailer also featured some American muscle, as well as a chopper and tank – for blowing up cars. Well, a camel was included in the trailer – and only the trio knows why.
Interestingly, the opening scene alone costs $3.2 million, according to The Sun, which means this would be the most costly scene made for TV.
Whatever the new show has to offer, seeing the trio of Clarkson, Hammond and May back on TV once again would make many motoring fans sentimental. There’s no substitute for nostalgia. Even while the Stig may not be on The Grand Tour, the presence of this trio is already a good reason to sign up for Amazon Prime.
The Grand Tour premieres on Amazon Prime on November 18, 2016.