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The Grand Tour
An image of the programme's logo, consisting of the letters GT inside of which is the text Amazon Original surmounting the words The Grand Tour. The letters GT are in the form of five horizontal red bars. Amazon Original is also red, and all uppercase letters. "The Grand Tour" is in black, title case lettering.
Genre
Created by
Written by
  • Jeremy Clarkson
  • Richard Hammond
  • James May
  • Richard Porter
Directed by
  • Phil Churchward
  • Brian Klein
  • Kit Lynch-Robinson
  • Gavin Whitehead
Presented by
  • Jeremy Clarkson
  • Richard Hammond
  • James May
Starring
Composer(s)Paul Leonard-Morgan
Country of originUnited Kingdom[1][2]
Original language(s)English
No. of series3
No. of episodes38 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Andy Wilman[3]
Producer(s)
  • Chris Hale
  • Greg Vince
  • Richard Evans
  • Ronan Browne
CinematographyBen Joiner
Editor(s)
  • James Hart
  • Dan James
  • Chris Denton
  • Joe Orr
Camera setupMulti-camera setup[4]
Running time44–90 minutes[5]
Production company(s)

Amazon Studios (2016 - 2019)

Expectation Entertainment
DistributorAmazon.com
Release
Original network
Picture format4K (Ultra HD) 23.976fps, 25fps HDR[4][5]
Original release18 November 2016 –
present
External links
Website

The Grand Tour is a British motoring television series,[1][2] conceived by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, and Andy Wilman, which launched on 18 November 2016, and is exclusively released on Amazon Prime Video.[1][2][3] The programme's format is similar to that of the BBC series Top Gear; each episode is hosted by Clarkson, Hammond, and May, featuring a mixture of live-audience segments and pre-recorded films, reviews of cars, discussions on motoring topics, races, special motoring challenges, and celebrity timed laps (second series only).

The programme was conceived when Clarkson's contract was not re-newed from Top Gear, as a result of a disciplinary investigation by the BBC of his behaviour during and behind-the-scenes of the later series of the programme, with Hammond, May and Wilman subsequently leaving the programme in the wake of his dismissal. All four were later approached by Amazon Prime to create a brand new programme; their initial agreement was to produce 36 episodes over three years.[6][7]

Episodes are released weekly to Amazon Prime Video accounts, and repeats of the first series were made available on traditional broadcasters in late 2017.[8] Until the beginning of the second series, studio segments were filmed using a travelling tent in various countries, before it was decided to set it in a permanent location in the Cotswolds. Studio segments will be retired for the fourth series, as well as weekly episodes, with the series instead set to release specials on staggered dates.

As of December 2016, the show was made available to 195 more countries and various territories,[9] and has attracted favourable viewing figures after "The Holy Trinity" became Amazon Video's most watched premiere episode.[10] Overall, the show has received positive reviews from critics.[11][12][13][14]

Format[edit]

Series 1–3 (2016–2019)[edit]

Timed Lap Board
Car (track condition) Time Episode
McLaren Senna 1:12.9 25
NIO EP9 1:15.0 30
Aston Martin Vulcan 1:15.5 2
Lamborghini Huracán Performante 1:16.8 20
Ford GT 1:17.6 21
McLaren 650S 1:17.9 not shown
McLaren 720S 1:17.9 17
Mercedes AMG GT R 1:18.7 15
Audi R8 V10 Plus 1:19.2 not shown
Jaguar XE Project 8 1:19.3 28
Aston Martin V8 Vantage 1:20.4 33
BMW M5 1:20.4 31
Porsche 911 GT3 RS 1:20.4 not shown
Nissan GT-R 1:21.2 not shown
Porsche 911 C2S 1:21.4 not shown
Alpina B5 1:21.6 not shown
MAT Stratos 1:21.6 36
BMW M4 GTS 1:22.4 4
Porsche 718 Boxster S 1:23.4 not shown
Alpine A110 1:23.7 29
BMW M5 1:24.2 not shown
BMW M3 1:24.3 not shown
Honda NSX (wet) 1:26.0 9
BMW M2 1:26.2 1
Delta Futurista 1:26.8 not shown
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (wet) 1:27.1 10
Honda Civic Type R 1:28.2 not shown
Ford Focus RS 1:28.4 6
Lexus GS-F (damp) 1:29.6 12
Ford Mustang GT 1:29.6 6
Tesla Model X 1:29.6 not shown
Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 1:31.3 38
Lamborghini Countach (wet) 1:31.8 34
Ford Fiesta ST200 1:32.8 not shown
Bugatti EB 110 Super Sport (wet) 1:32.8 22
Fiat Abarth 124 Spider (wet) 1:33.7 11
Jaguar XJ220 (wet) 1:35.1 not shown
Ferrari Testarossa (wet) 1:37.4 34
Volkswagen Up! GTI (wet) 1:39.7 18

Through the first three series, the programme operates on a similar format that Wilman, the show's producer, Clarkson, Hammond and May, the show's presenters, all used during their tenure on Top Gear, though with significant differences to avoid clashing with their former motoring programme. These episodes mainly consist of a mix of pre-recorded television films and live-audience segments. Pre-recorded films consist mainly of car reviews and motoring challenges, and episodes will either use a mix of one or both, with the latter either consisting of single or multi-parts. Challenges function in a similar format to those of Top Gear challenges - special races, building and testing out a unique vehicle based on a car, or buying cheap cars and determining which is the best, with challenges denoted to the presenters by Wilman through text messages. Examples of these challenges include building their own eco-friendly car chassis atop a Land Rover, and racing through different forms of transportation. Like the specials of Top Gear, The Grand Tour also features unique specials focused on a singular type of vehicle or class that the hosts use to travel along a route in a foreign locale.

Car reviews, which remain a prominent part of the programme, are mainly done on a similar format to Top Gear, in that one or more cars are reviewed by a single or multiple presenters, put through various tests to check out aspects of the car (i.e. performance), with reviews filmed either around the United Kingdom or abroad, or took place upon a specially designed racetrack that was created for The Grand Tour, much like the Top Gear Test Track. Timed laps of the reviewed car remain a part of the programme, though are driven by a specially trained driver who functions in a similar manner to Top Gear's "The Stig". In the first series, the cars were driven by former NASCAR driver Mike Skinner, who was contracted to operate under the name "The American" and portray a stereotypical redneck accent and viewpoints, and making tangential speech and calling several things communist.[15][16] After the first series, Skinner was dropped due to poor reception from viewers on his appearance on the programme,[17] leading him to be replaced by British racing driver Abbie Eaton for the second series.[18][19]

Studio segments are mostly filmed within a large studio tent that can house an audience of around 300,[20] with the presenters sat around a trestle table and the audience seated in front of them.[15] Initially, the first series involved these segments being filmed within a travelling tent that was set up in various countries, with audiences acquired for the locale used for filming of the studio segments, as part of an emphasis that the programme was on a Grand Tour around the world,[15] but in the wake of Hammond's crash in Switzerland and Clarkson's pneumonia prior to the second series, the use of a travelling tent was dropped and a more fixed location was established, with studio segments for the second series onwards being filmed on the outskirts of Chipping Norton.[21] These live-audience segments act as breaks between pre-recorded films and are mostly based on a similar format the presenters used on Top Gear, but with unique versions created for The Grand Tour. A continuously used segment based on a similar one for Top Gear, entitled "Conversation Street", focuses on the presenters discussing car news - this segment is often introduced by a video introduction of silhouettes of the presenters discussing something, accompanied by a jazz piece called "Heavy Berry" by Scott Robinson, with a running gag on the programme being that this introduction features something different and comedic happening in each episode since it first premiered.

Celebrity Timed Lap board
Celebrity Time Condition Episode
Ricky Wilson 1:20.1 Dry 14
David Hasselhoff 1:24.1
Kevin Pietersen 1:17.2 Dry 15
Brian Wilson 1:17.5
Hugh Bonneville[22] 1:22.2 Dry 16
Casey Anderson 1:18.6
Michael Ball[22] 1:23.3 Damp 17
Alfie Boe[22] 1:24.4
Dominic Cooper[22] 1:23.6 Wet 18
Bill Bailey[22] 1:25.1
Luke Evans[22] 1:21.3 Dry 19
Kiefer Sutherland[22] 1:17.8
Bill Goldberg[23] 1:20.4 Dry 20
Anthony Joshua[23] 1:18.7
Nick Mason[24] 1:21.3 Dry 21
Stewart Copeland[24] 1:24.2
Dynamo[22] 1:39.3 Snow 22
Penn & Teller[25] 1:33.8
Rory McIlroy[22][26] 1:21.9 Wet 23
Paris Hilton[26] 1:25.8

Celebrities were not initially part of the programme to begin with due to concerns over legal issues from the BBC towards their involvement possibly competing to the celebrity format used in Top Gear - to reflect this opinion, the programme created a humorous "celebrity" segment for the first series entitled "Celebrity Brain Crash", which involved look-alikes of popular celebrities getting humorously "killed" in an accident while making their way to the tent, reflecting this matter.[27] This segment was later dropped in response to complaints made by viewers,[17][28] leading to the decision that celebrities would be a part of the programme. As a result, a new segment was created for this purpose, entitled "Celebrity Face Off" - for each episode, two celebrities with a similar background or connection and often from different countries, would be interviewed before driving around a brand new track for this series, in a Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic coupe, to see who could post the fastest lap time.[29] The use of celebrities was later dropped prior to filming of the third series, to dedicate more time to films.[30]

The Grand Tour race tracks[edit]

When the programme was first conceived and created, the production team opted for the creation of a dedicated test track for the purpose of being used for reviews of testing of vehicles by presenters, alongside the establishment of lap times by cars that are reviewed. The track was eventually sited at the former RAF Wroughton airbase, with its layout consisting of two loops - one large and one small - connected by a single stretch of tarmac between them and christened as the "Eboladrome", due to the design of the track resembling the structure of the Ebola virus. The track is designed to "trip cars up" and includes sections devised under a humorous arrangement, including "Isn't Straight", "Your Name Here", "Old Lady's House", "Substation" and "Field of Sheep". Prior to the airing of the first episode, the lap-board for lap-times was pre-populated by those made from a selection of ten cars, all of which weren't filmed. The first filmed time lap to be conducted on the track was that of a 2016 BMW M2 and the last filmed time lap being that of a 1987 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth.

For the second series, the production team decided to create a second track for the specific purpose of being used in the newly created celebrity segment "Celebrity Face Off". They eventually decided to situate the new track at Enstone Airfield, close to the fixed studio tent location, which the production team had previously tried to use for Top Gear.[31] The track was mostly designed as an oval, with half of it involving a gravel track. The second track was brought back for one episode in series three when the team conducted time trials in three new hot hatch backs, even with the discontinuation of the celebrity segment prior to the third series.

"Eboladrome" test track at RAF Wroughton
Gravel course at Enstone Airfield introduced in Series 2 and used for Celebrity Face Off

Series 4[edit]

On 13 December 2018, Amazon announced The Grand Tour has been renewed for a fourth series. With this, Amazon and the team have retired the current studio and audience format, including talk segments like Conversation Street, track and lap time content on The Eboladrome and other smaller features, in favour of films dedicated to road trips and adventure specials.[32]

In July 2019, executive producer Andy Wilman announced that he and the production crew had extended their contracts with Amazon for two additional years, effectively confirming the show had been renewed for at least a fifth series.[33][34]

Episodes[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast released
11318 November 2016 (2016-11-18)3 February 2017 (2017-02-03)
2118 December 2017 (2017-12-08)16 February 2018 (2018-02-16)
31418 January 2019 (2019-01-18)12 April 2019 (2019-04-12)

Production[edit]

History[edit]

The presenting line-up consists of Richard Hammond, James May and Jeremy Clarkson.

Clarkson, Hammond and May had been presenters on BBC's Top Gear, both as part of the rotating hosts of the original, and permanent hosts for the 2002 rebooted series up through 2015. Under them, the show had an estimated worldwide audience of 350 million, and listed by Guinness World Records as the highest-viewed factual television programme.[35] Due to several incidents involving Clarkson, the BBC chose not to renew Clarkson's contract with the show in March 2015. Both May and Hammond affirmed they would not return to Top Gear without Clarkson, even though the BBC offered them lucrative salaries to remain on for additional series.[36] Along with their departure, their long-time producer and Clarkson's classmate Andy Wilman also opted to leave at this time.[37] BBC retooled the show for 2016, bringing in new hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc.

Shortly after his separation from the BBC, Clarkson stated his intent to start a new car show, saying "I have lost my baby but I shall create another. I don't know who the other parent will be or what the baby will be like."[38] Rumours that Clarkson, Hammond, and May were developing a new show through discreet meetings with various networks emerged starting in April 2015.[39][40] These rumors pointed to a potential American broadcaster, as the terms of Clarkson's non-compete clause with the BBC stipulated he could not make a rival car show with a BBC competitor, such as ITV.[41] Among those that had been approached included Netflix, who felt Clarkson's team wanted too much money for what they were worth, and BT Sport, believing this show would be a better fit on a network with a more global reach.[42]

In July 2015, Clarkson announced he had signed a deal with Amazon to develop a new car show that followed a similar format as Top Gear, with both Hammond and May joining him as co-hosts, and Wilman producing.[43] Among other personnel from Top Gear going to the new show included director Phil Churchward, the husband of Fifth Gear's Vicki Butler-Henderson.[44][45] The deal included 36 episodes across three series which would be available to Amazon Prime members starting in 2016. Wilman stated that Amazon promised them to have the freedom they wanted to make the show how they wanted along with the necessary budget. Additionally, by using a subscription-based service over an advert-based network, they would not be beholden to commercial pressure for their advertisers.[46] Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, said he was "very excited" about bringing this program to Amazon, and that producing the show would be "very, very, very expensive", but added, "[Clarkson, Hammond and May are] worth a lot and they know it."[47] According to insider information reported by The Daily Mirror, Amazon paid GB£160 million for all three series.[48] Wilman denied the show cost this much, but did admit the show was costly, partially due to Amazon's intent to have it filmed in 4K resolutions.[20] The production of this show would be based in the United Kingdom, and done by W Chump & Sons, a company set up by Wilman, Clarkson, Hammond and May.[46]

The show's name, The Grand Tour, was revealed in May 2016. Clarkson said the name brought to mind the tradition of Grand Tours, and reflected how the show would travel to several different countries to film.[49] There was speculation that the show could be called Gear Knobs after a trademark application was made for that name by an associated company,[50] but Clarkson stated in October 2015 that this would not be the title.[51][52] He explained in April 2016 that the word "Gear" could not be used for legal reasons.[53]

The Grand Tour tent behind school buses in the Lucerne Valley, California for the first episode of series 1

Initially, the show's format was to present individual television films, using location shooting without studio segments.[54][55] They later came up with the idea of using a travelling tent to provide a mobile "studio", to go along with The Grand Tour name. They would be able to use local audience members, and would give the hosts the opportunity to explore the local culture around cars.[20] According to Wilman, the idea to film audience segments in a tent came from Clarkson, who had seen an episode of True Detective that took place at a Baptist revival ceremony.[20]

On 13 December 2018, while shooting the final episode for Series 3, it was announced that the show had been renewed for a fourth series.[56] However they would ditch the tent and release big budget car specials, on staggered dates rather than regular episodes. Alongside this Clarkson, Hammond and May were all going to start producing individual shows for Amazon based on their own interests.[57][32] The first such announced show is "Our Man in...Japan" featuring May as he tours across Japan to immerse himself in its culture.[58] Clarkson's show I Bought the Farm was announced in May 2019, which has been described as Clarkson's take on BBC's Countryfile, featuring Clarkson demonstrating the harmful effects of human behavior on agriculture, with filming to principally take place on Clarkson's own 400 hectares (990 acres) farm near Chipping Norton.[59]

Legal issues[edit]

Wilman said that lawyers for Amazon were very mindful of any perceived similarities in segments to Top Gear, requiring changes to the format and regular segments.[27][15] Named elements from Top Gear like The Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, the Cool Wall, and the Stig could not be used at all, but they also had to clear other legal concerns. For example, the lawyers said they could test cars on a test track, but they could not post the times using hand-written signs as they had done on Top Gear; instead, they used a digital leaderboard.[60] Wilman said that some of the lawyers' concerns "got funnier and funnier", such as whether May could say "cock", or whether during one of their exotic roadtrips, if they could stop and admire the scenery by saying "it's beautiful" as they frequently did on Top Gear.[60]

Many outlets falsely reported that the BBC had explicitly told the crew they could not have celebrities come on the show and race around a track.[27] This was later confirmed to be false, with the crew admitting that the real reason for the nature of the segment was a last-minute panic.[61]

"Celebrity Brain Crash" was replaced in series two by "Celebrity Face Off" where two celebrities compete to be fastest around a track, avoiding the legal complications with the BBC.[62]

An episode was censored by Amazon Prime Video in India because it included footage that could have been construed as offensive by the Indian audience. The footage showed a windscreen that was made of a cow's body organs and removal of the footage resulted in a significant reduction in the length of an episode.[63]

Filming[edit]

During the first series, the studio segments were filmed in various locations around the world. Studio recording for the first series began in Johannesburg, South Africa on 17 July 2016.[64] Recording in the United States took place on 25 September 2016 in Southern California, with further recording taking place in Nashville on 21 November 2016.[65][66] Studio recording in the United Kingdom took place in Whitby on 13 October 2016,[67] with further recordings taking place at Loch Ness in December 2016. Further studio recording took place in Rotterdam on 22 October 2016 and Lapland on 3 November 2016.[68][69][70] Stuttgart (Ludwigsburg) was also a filming location.[71] The final studio filming took place in Dubai in December 2016.[72]

United Broadcast Facilities (UBF) in The Netherlands had won the contract for the outside broadcasting tent segments.[4] Fourteen microphones were used for recording the audience reaction laugh track within the tent.[4] The mobile studio audio setup used Lawo mixing desks connected via MADI for live sound mixing, recording and talkback intercoms.[4]

For the second series, following Clarkson's pneumonia and Hammond's car crash, the producers decided that there would no longer be a travelling tent.[73][74] Instead the tent would be in one location near Clarkson's home in the Cotswolds as this would be more convenient for the crew to operate. It also would be useful for new features such as Celebrity Face Off.[75] In September 2017, West Oxfordshire District Council gave planning permission for three months of filming from a fixed tent location on the Great Tew Estate, near Chipping Norton.[21] Two-hundred parking spaces already used for hosting the Cornbury Music Festival on the same site would be used to accommodate 350 guests per week, plus 80 members of staff.[21] The time window allowed for the series 2 filming was between October and December 2017.[21] For the third series, the tent was allowed to remain at the Great Tew Estate,[76] with filming taking place between October and December 2018.[76]

Filming for the fourth series began in June 2019. Clarkson made the announcement on Instagram.[77] By mid-June, filming had taken place in Cambodia.[78] Later that month, Clarkson, Hammond, and May were spotted filming in Vietnam [79]

Promotion[edit]

The Grand Tour parcel tape used for orders in November 2016

Following the public naming of the show, Amazon offered new customers a £20 discount for their first year on Amazon Prime during 14–16 May 2016.[80] A trailer announcing the release date of the show as 18 November 2016 was posted on the show's YouTube channel on 15 September 2016.[81] A second, full-length trailer, was released on 6 October 2016.[82] Trailers for series one have used the music "Come with Me Now" by Kongos.,[83] while series two trailers have used "Live and Let Die" by Wings.

As part of their marketing campaign, Amazon placed crashed Toyota Prius cars at Hackescher Markt in Berlin, in front of London King's Cross railway station, and on the Hollywood Walk of Fame outside the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.[84]

Sponsorship[edit]

In mid-2016 DHL began sponsoring the transport costs of the tent and mobile studio.[85][86] In June 2016, in connection with the sponsorship deal, the presenters had uploaded videos of themselves attempting to assemble DHL-branded shipping boxes.[87] The first episode stated that "promotional consideration" had been given by the Breitling Jet Team, DHL and Samsung.[88] Eight of the Breitling Jet aircraft took part in the opening sequence flyovers.[89] For episode 2, the list included 5.11 Tactical.[90] A DHL Boeing 757 was featured in the opening sequence of episode 5, the tent was located in Rotterdam, and the DHL logo is featured on part of the crash barrier at the Eboladrome.

Reception[edit]

As of November 2016 the show has received positive reviews from critics,[11] with The Guardian saying "Jeremy Clarkson and co leave the BBC in their dust".[14][dubious ]

Daily Express TV reporter, Neela Debnath commented that the first episode "resembled a Hollywood blockbuster" and added that "[The Grand Tour is] basically Top Gear on steroids".[12] However, BBC Arts Editor, Will Gompertz said of the opening that "there is no irony. It feels uncomfortably hubristic" but once the presenters were in the tent "Normal service has been resumed" and that "It seemed to me that Grand Tour is a TV show that wants to be – and quite possibly should be – a movie".[91] The Independent described The Grand Tour as "the best of Top Gear but with a greater budget".[92] TheWrap reported an estimate by Symphony Advanced Media that the opening weekend viewer count for The Grand Tour was three times the size of the opening weekend of The Man in the High Castle.[93]

Episode 2 was somewhat less favourably received by fans and critics. The Telegraph wrote about the Jordan segment: "[...] a tedious action movie segment suggested that they were in danger of losing the run of themselves slightly and that Amazon's hands-off policy towards the production had potential downsides."[94] Radio Times said that "many of the viewers were disgruntled to say the least, branding the show as dull and not funny."[95]

Hammond was criticised by Stonewall, Peter Tatchell, and Olly Alexander, among others, for a comment he made in episode six where he implied that men who eat ice-cream are homosexual.[96][97] It was later revealed that the comment was an in-joke for the Finnish audience as a reference to a controversial TV commercial that aired in Finland.[98]

The Grand Tour received a nomination in the Original OTT Streamed category at the 2017 Television and Radio Industries Club Awards.[99]

Kevin Yeoman of Screen Rant gave the show a positive review, stating "Fans can rest assured Top Gear hasn't gone anywhere, it's just hiding out at Amazon under a different name."[13] Sonia Saraiya of Variety was also positive of the show, stating "When it comes to the cars, The Grand Tour delivers gearhead porn in spades... Clarkson, Hammond, and May's love for machinery... is still present, pure, and appealing, even with the shift in networks and formats."[100]

Conversely, in April 2017 Brad Anderson of CarScoops stated that he prefers Top Gear to The Grand Tour. According to Anderson, Top Gear had "become even better", whereas The Grand Tour "seemed more scripted, less natural and at stages, forced... attention is often skewed away from the cars as the presenters, namely Clarkson, seemed to chase controversy and headlines". Anderson continues that in-studio segments became repetitive quickly, particularly "Celebrity Brain Crash", also noting that all three hosts seem to spend far too much time needling each other, and test driver Mike Skinner offers no worthwhile commentary.[101]

On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the first series of The Grand Tour has a "fresh" rating of 86%, based on 7 reviews, with an average rating of 8.0/10.[102]

Digital Spy was positive of series 2, episode 1, calling it "An understated premiere for a show that feels like it's finding its feet."[103] The Times was also positive, giving the show 4 out of 5 stars, stating "Some parts of the show are flat but mostly it works, the production values remain high and it has clearly been hit with a juggernaut of money."[104] The Daily Telegraph, while not as positive, still approved of the episode, stating "The writing is still rather ropey. Clarkson's suggestion of a new nickname for May – "Dingleberry Handpump" – failed to raise a titter even among the super-fans gathered for the London premiere" but also said that "for each wobble, there are just as many moments when The Grand Tour manages the clever trick Top Gear could pull off at its best: raising a chuckle while sneaking in a bit of serious journalism at the same time." and ultimately gave the episode 3 out of 5 stars.[105] Jeremy Clarkson himself believed that they had "hit the ground running with series 2 of the Grand Tour".[106]

Radio Times has criticised the gender balance of guests on the "Celebrity Face Off" segment.[107] There was only one woman guest – in the episode "Oh Canada", (Paris Hilton).

There was criticism of the programme from January 2019 by former Pop Idol contestant singer Will Young, for what he perceived as homophobic remarks.[108]

Hothouse Flowers playing for the opening sequence of "The Holy Trinity" episode in the Lucerne Valley, California

Broadcast[edit]

Australian free-to-air network Seven Network started broadcasting the first series of The Grand Tour in mid-October 2017. Series 2 and 3 have not been broadcast.[109]

French channel RMC Découverte started broadcasting the first series with the Namibian special episodes on 29 November 2017 and L'Équipe (TV channel) broadcast episodes 1 and 13 on 15 January 2018.

At the start of 2018 high-speed Eurostar train services between Paris or Brussels and London began to feature The Grand Tour as part of the available on board entertainment package.[110]

Video game[edit]

On 15 January 2019, Amazon Game Studios released a companion video game for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, to coincide with the third series of the programme, entitled The Grand Tour Game.[111][112] Designed as an episodic, casual racing game, players take on a series of challenges based upon those from the series and using the same cars involved - for each new episode of the series, an episode of the game is simultaneously released with approximately 15 new challenges for the player to undertake. The game includes single player mode alongside local split-screen multiplayer for several of the challenges, with footage from the programme included in each episode's release. The presenters Clarkson, May, and Hammond provided voice-overs for the game. Since the game's release, The Grand Tour Game has been met with mixed reviews from critics and positive reviews from fans of the show.[113][114][115]

See also[edit]

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