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A preview of 'The Grand Tour' – Amazon's new car show from the ex-'Top Gear' trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May – has been aired at the Edinburgh Television Festival. And from reports, it sounds like the team isn't holding back.

According to Radio Times, it looks like the "biggest, brashest, loudest, most extreme version of 'Top Gear' imaginable". Good to see the team is putting Amazon's considerable funds to good use.

So what can we expect? Highlights include Richard Hammond strapped into a dune buggy dangling hundreds of feet in the air (as part of a race through the deserts of Namibia), and a race that pits Clarkson in a jet ski against a catamaran, while May and Hammond take to the water in a Land Rover that's been modified to be seafaring.

Amazon is also pulling out all the stops, tech-wise. The show is filmed in 4K, with a high frame rate and HDR, which means it should look stunning.

Despite the bigger budget and high-tech filming methods, the japes remain the same. The success of 'Top Gear' was down to the chemistry between Clarkson, Hammond and May. Plenty of viewers will be happy to see them back on our screens. But how many will be willing to subscribe to Amazon Prime Video in order to watch? We'll find out in the autumn.

Source: Radio Times

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