The Grand Tour: Amazon Prime Video teases new series
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The Grand Tour is back with a special episode – The Grand Tour presents: Lochdown – and will see Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May get in classic cars and take off for Scotland. The third feature-length special which is part of the fourth season of The Grand Tour was filmed in the UK due to coronavirus restrictions which meant international travel was forbidden. Nevertheless, in the trailer, James promises “the most beautiful drive we have ever done”. But what was it like to work alongside the presenting trio and produce the episode? Andy Wilman spoke about the unique dynamic Jeremy, Richard and James have with one another.
Discussing filming the special in Scotland under covid restrictions, Andy said it could get “pretty miserable”.
“You sit in the bar in the evening, you have to book out the whole hotel and you all have to sit about 10 feet away from each other, which isn’t really conducive,” he explained.
“Then the bar shuts at nine and you’re off back to your room.
“All of that stuff and then you have all the finickity rules that you have as a film crew for Covid.”
But he said “Jeremy was the best” at adhering to all the rules.
“He said, ‘I’m 60, I’ve smoke three-quarters of a million fags’ – he was very scared about catching this thing,” Andy revealed.
“‘I’ll do the rules’, he said. And the other two were the same.”
Will spoke about the importance of adhering to the rules: “We all knew it was a butterfly’s wing, a chain reaction.
“If one person caught it, our shoot with 50-odd people could tumble and you’d never get that money back because there is no insurance cover.
“We had an opportunity to do it, we had an opportunity to work, let’s not f**k it up.”
As for how he endured the popularity of the three presenters, Will added: “[They] having the mental age of 9.
“‘Why do kids watch our show?’ Because we behave like kids in the playground.
‘What are kids like?’ They’re mean, they are unfair, they are hopefully funny and charming with it, but they will screw each other over,” he told BT.com.
As for what viewers can expect from the new episode, the trailer gives many hints.
Richard’s car is seen smoking, while Jeremy tries to squeeze himself in through the back window of his classic vehicle.
They are also tasked with building a bridge – somewhere in Outer Hebrides – which James’ car ends up getting stuck on.
Because of covid shutting down the hospitality industry, the three presenters are unable to stay in a luxurious hotel.
So the production crew decided to incorporate this into their challenge – and the three are given a caravan each, and one of them ends up a little damaged.
The Grand Tour presents: Lochdown is out on July 30 on Amazon Prime Video.
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