- Fourth series will see the trio on adventure road trips (photo: Amazon Prime)

Clarkson, Hammond & May sign up to make Roadtrip 'Specials' for two more years

Reaction to the news that Amazon has recommissioned 'The Grand Tour'

2y ago

As you all know by now Amazon rather quietly announced on Twitter last night that it has recommissioned 'The Grand Tour' for Series 4. The fourth series will have a new format as the tent/studio element has been dispensed with and the series will be made up entirely of road trip specials of the sort we all love, spread out over two years, at least four specials per year.

Press reaction

Newspaper reports last night confirmed that fans attending the tent recording on Wednesday 12th December were told that it was 'the end of an era' as far as the studio element of the show goes by an apparently emotional Jeremy Clarkson, who had some of his family in attendance along with Hammond's family.

The Sun Newspaper reports Clarkson as saying '....There are only so many times you can watch a BMW go round the track. It’s a really sad day. I will miss the banter with each other and with the audience. We all agreed that we’ve been doing it a long time and everything eventually runs its course. Besides, I’m 58 and I’m too fat to be climbing on to the stage.'

The Grand Trio (Photo Amazon Prime Video)

The Grand Trio (Photo Amazon Prime Video)

The Guardian also reports that '...Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond will embark on gruelling journeys in far-flung locations' for series four, quoting Jay Marine the vice president of Prime Video, which now has 5 million users in the UK as saying 'The Grand Tour is a worldwide hit and fan favourite. We’re delighted the guys are coming back for series four.'

Some newspapers ran with the angle that after 17 years the trio were calling it a day, before admitting lower down their piece that in fact Clarkson, Hammond and May are continuing, just in a different format. The Metro is an example of a paper using that spin saying 'Clarkson quits after 17 years', it just shows you how many different perspectives the same piece of news can be covered under to get readers to click on a story!

Not on ice (Photo Amazon Prime Video)

Not on ice (Photo Amazon Prime Video)

Fan reaction

A look at reaction on social media this morning shows an overwhelmingly positive response to the news that the show will continue, albeit in a new format. There was considerable amusement that a typo in the original Sun Newspaper report identified Jeremy Clarkson as 'she' when quoting the announcement to fans attending the tent on Wednesday, making some speculate that they'd missed another more surprising announcement....

Others were sad to see the studio element disappear, but were positive that the show will continue in a new format.

As a fan of the trio for 17 years and having been lucky enough to attend recordings at Dunsfold in the Top Gear years I can understand fans expressing disappointment that they will no longer have the chance to see a recording live. However I am just pleased that the rumours that the show would not continue in any form after S3 have proved to be false, and we can enjoy their roadtrips for two more years.

Hammond points to the future (Photo Amazon Prime Video)

Hammond points to the future (Photo Amazon Prime Video)

Jeremy Clarkson is also reported as saying, no doubt at least slightly tongue in cheek, 'Marvel will be jealous of our budgets' when asked whether Amazon is still willing to spend as much as per episode on the show, so we can look forward to the same great production values and spectacle of the show. Andy Wilman has renewed his agreement with Amazon too, so he’ll remain The Grand Tour’s producer going forward, with Amazon also saying that they hope to develop individual projects with Clarkson, Hammond and May in addition to 'The Grand Tour', so I think the future is as rosy as we had hoped for as fans of the trio.

What do you think? Where would you like to see them go? Are there any solo projects you'd like to see them do? Let me know in the comments below.

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Comments (42)

  • " to develop individual projects ", that's a great news ....when you see previous videos of each member of the trio, you realize, they're great story tellers. Hammond with his science videos, May with his practical " down to earth" videos on how things work, and well The Clarkson is pretty much the king of everything, he can make everything great, from the great Brunel Isambard to " neighbours" and of course people, cars with comedy and information.

      2 years ago
  • This was an eventuality. The Lads aren't actual 'lads' anymore. As Jeremy stated. But all the same, it is going to tear a piece out of my heart to see these guys leave the car world within the next 2 years. There will never again be a trio like these three. God bless you gents.

      2 years ago
  • I'm pleased that the guys will continue their adventures together. Of course it's sad that the studio elements will come to an end but these roadtrips were always one of if not the most favourite segment of their shows so I'm excited for the change.

    Amazon's intention for individual projects is also very promising of course because great things the boys did before could return.

    Jeremy doing car review specials again at certain tracks or locations, just like he did with his old video's, which could also be done with Richard and/or James as his co-presenters of course.

    A themed special about car culture, like James' 'Cars of the People', or centered around a quest, like 'The Worst Car in the History of the World', which could be just about anything really.

    I loved the historic pieces about motorsport on The Grand Tour, so I'd love to see them do longer versions of those as documentaries. So many great stories and myths for them to explore, it would be fantastic.

    The challenges where they can cock about would be great as well of course. Challenges were always very popular so I would be surprised if they wouldn't return.

      2 years ago
  • I think its great, you dont need an inbetween segment, it will just leave more space for even more entertainment. Im not saying I didnt like the live segments before I just think they will be able to make it EVEN better now.

      2 years ago
    • I think it will be exciting to see how the change goes. I’m just glad there will be more, in whatever format.

        2 years ago
  • As an individual Mr Clarkson more war documentaries please. Previous ones excellent. From a historian .

      2 years ago