The much awaited auto show by the trio who used to host BBC’s popular show ‘Top Gear’ is going to be launched on Friday on Amazon Prime. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are back with the show called ‘The Grand Tour’ which is going to be one of the most expensive TV shows.
Jeff Bezos, the founder and C.E.O of Amazon has reportedly provided £160 million budget for 36 one hour show for three seasons, this means a single 60 minute show has the budget of £4.4 million. Almost £2.5 million were spent on just the opening sequence of the show which involved 150 cars, squadron of jets, stilt walkers and 2,000 extras in the desert of California.
The first episode will air on Friday and it will feature three hybrid supercars, a Mclaren P1, a Porsche 918 and a Ferrari LaFerrari racing and surrounded by a mob of fans in the Piazza in Vienna. In the Piazza Clarkson was driving an Aston Martin DB11, James May drove in a Rolls Royce and Richard Hammond drove Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
The former producer of Top Gear, Andy Wilman also came with the hosts and left BBC, all of them have stated numerous times that they had a chance to reinvent themselves and they did and that they made sure the new show does not resemble the last one.
For instance there is no star in the reasonably priced car, no Stig and no Cool Wall, but that’s not what made the show popular, the main attraction was the three hosts, their personalities and their shenanigans which cannot be changed.
One major difference is that the new show’s headquarter is a tent that is taken to whatever country they are filming in.
Amazon Subscription Cost:
Amazon is offering a one month free trial which will then turn into a £5.99 per month, instead of releasing the whole season at once, each episode will be released weekly, so binge watching is out of the equation.
The Grand Tour is shot entirely on 4K and considering their previous show some amazing cinematics are expected.
Jeremy Clarkson’s contract was not renewed for the next season after he punched one of the producers of Top Gear, even though BBC tried to keep Richard Hammond and James May on the show but they decided on their own to leave, giving Amazon a chance to create a new auto show featuring the popular trio.