With their supercars, celebrity carnages and Eboladrome, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond prove they can still make a spectacle and keep the petrolheads happy

Enough of the secrets and hearsays, the crass PR stunts, the fracas/ non-fracas with an employee at Stuttgart airport; its duration for Messrs Clarkson, May and Hammond to show us what theyve been up to. Enter on then, what you got?

A lot of fund, thats abundantly clear from the opening sequence, film in the California desert. But first weve “ve gotta get out of” rainy old-fashioned Blighty. So Jeremy is leaving a build, handing his pass in … got it, its supposed to be the BBC.( A slew of this first chapter seems to be aimed at his former hire if not quite wind the window down and throwing a created middle paw, then at least plucking up at the lights and ogling over smugly: ha, check out my big budget .) Now hes at the airport, checking in , no fracases this time, he manages to catch the flight to Los Angeles, where he picks up his rental automobile a muscly Mustang.

On the open road, eventually free, hes joined by the other two, James and Hammond( sorry but I dont do first name with him) in similar automobiles; ruby-red, grey and blue-blooded. Bridging the desert, they hook up with a Mad Max convoy of cars and trucks and bikes, heading to a stagecoach where the Hothouse Flowers are playing I Can Watch Clearly Now( Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind another delve there ). Its like Burning Man; actually they call it Igniting Van because there is one, plus a pirate ship, volley and a squadron of airplanes hovering over. It is undeniably, gloriously cinematic, a bright beautiful sight.

At Burning Van festival it could only be The Grand Tour. Picture: Amazon Prime

Then they open their lips, and abruptly its same-old same-old. They initiate each other, and their tent, to the crowd. Were going to be like Gypsies, says Jeremy, referring to the itinerant sort of The Grand Tour. Only the cars we drive are going to be insured. Nought to racist in less than 10 times.( Hes already said hes not going to get fired because were on the internet, which represents I could please a mare. The other two sound faintly flustered .)

Inside the tent the audience are set instead of suffer, but theres something familiar about it. And about the montage of what there is to look forward to. Cars of course, more stunts and large-hearted slams: three midlife humen messing about. Massively messing about now, because of that Amazon budget.

Theres some joke with the American audience you say tomato, I tell gearstick, that kind of thing. And between the three of them: James is a slow operator, ho ho; Hammond is less tall than the others, lol; we got fired, tee hee. Then they have an extended manager to manager to heading between three supercars: a McLaren P1, a Porsche 918 and a Ferrari LaFerrari( or a Ferarri TheFerrari as James announces it, quite amusingly ). Its a very expansive exam, in two parts. This opening episode is surely putting down a marker that does this is a serious motoring substantiate, and theyre serious auto columnists , not suppose former sitcom performers. And it will appeal to the serious petrolhead.

You can move something into a different receptacle, but it still flavors the same The Grand Tour. Picture: Roderick Fountain/ Amazon Prime

There is a new track, the same condition as the Ebola virus its known as the Eboladrome with an old ladys live next to it( theres going to be a rush to get the first interview isnt there ?). Plus a new, unhelmeted test driver known as The American. Conversation Street, the brand-new chitchat section, doesnt amount to much, and nor do the personalities who are all killed off, hilariously, possibly because they US actors Jeremy Renner and Armie Hammer and Carol Vorderman arent the enormous figures theyd hoped for.

Clarkson, May and Hammond reunite for The Grand Tour – video trailer

In the detail, in the format, The Grand Tour is different: there are loadings of new ideas here there had to be, or the BBC legal eagles would swoop. And yet its all utterly familiar. Because more than format, more even than the amount of money you throw at something, what actually demonstrates a television display its temperament is the personnel. You can spout something into a different container, but it still savours the same. And, like it or not, this flavours of Clarkson, Hammond and May. Devotees of old Top Gear are going to be happy.

Episode one of The Grand Tour is available now on Amazon Prime, with a new occurrence every Friday.


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