Hot off the press -Richard Hammond announces new series
As we know both James May and Jeremy Clarkson have solo series in production, now Richard Hammond has announced that he will be working with Tory Belleci, best known for the 'Mythbusters' series, to make a six part adventure series for Amazon..
Richard and Tory will be 'shipwrecked' on a desert island, then use their engineering skills and know how to make their environment better. The series will show the two presenters reusing shipwreck items to build a 'wonderland' including amphibious vehicles and a waterwheel, according to information released by Amazon today and confirmed by Hammond on Twitter in the last few minutes.
Up the Amazon without a paddle?
Hammond's new project will be made by his own Chimp (yes, that's not a typing error) Productions and was commissioned by Dan Grabiner, Head of UK Unscripted Originals at Amazon Studios.
Belleci was quoted as saying that it was his first time working with Hammond but things would undoubtedly 'get crazy'.
Hammond said “Somebody needs to take hold of popular science as a genre and reinvent it for a new age. And there are only two people to do that job. Unfortunately, neither of them are available so it’s me and Tory Belleci. At Chimp, we’ve assembled the absolute A-Team when it comes to this genre, and, working with Amazon, who have demonstrated their faith in us by commissioning this hugely ambitious show, we shall create something genuinely fresh and new on a scale of greatness never before seen. There’s every chance that both Tory and I shall make it back from the island alive and sane…Probably.”
Both Hammond and Belleci have a proven track record of delivering accessible science programmes. I think the two of them together could make a great team and look forward to seeing what they come up with. Science needs to be demystified and children can understand concepts without realising they are being taught with this type of programming. Georgia Brown, Director of European Amazon Original Series was quoted as saying “We are delighted to announce this new project with Richard and to welcome Tory to Amazon Studios. This show is all about going to the extremes to pull off the impossible and with this outstanding duo at the helm, I can’t wait to see what lengths they will go to in order to create a series that is sure to stun and delight our viewers across the globe.”
Adam Savage who was Belleci's co-host on 'Mythbusters' has congratulated his friend on the new series. I think it looks amazing too.
What do you think?
Are you excited by the prospect of Hammond teaming up with Belleci for a science based adventure programme? I alway loved Mythbusters and I am really interested to see them work together. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.