'The Grand Tour' starts in three weeks on Amazon Prime Video, and to say hopes are high would be an understatement. The show cost a reported £160 million for three series, and features the presenters and producer from the BBC's 'Top Gear'.
But it seems things haven't exactly gone to plan.
In his column for The Sunday Times, presenter Jeremy Clarkson has written about the trials and travails of making the show.
The first issue: the worry that they couldn't use any of their previous segments from 'Top Gear'. "The Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, the Cool Wall, the Stig – all that had been left behind... and replaced with other stuff," he writes. "Would that be like the Rolling Stones suddenly appearing on stage in tweed suits and doing Abba songs?"
Then there were the supposed legal issues of filming in one place (we presume it was a contractual issue with the BBC). So instead, the team decided to film the show inside a tent that would relocate for each episode. "We'd be rootless," Clarkson writes, "peripatetic, like music teachers in the 70s. Or gypsies."
But the biggest worry? Being filmed in 4K, a resolution that's four times as sharp as high definition. According to Clarkson, the make-up girl "turned up with a bag full of Artex and some trowels. Hammond was first in the chair and after half an hour emerged looking like he'd just arrived from Easter Island. It simply wasn't him."
The make-up made speech "impossible because we couldn't move our mouths. James had breathing difficulties. I couldn't get my head off the floor because it weighed so much. Some chisels were found and soon we began to emerge from our tombs, like skeletons unearthed at an archaeological dig."
'The Grand Tour' starts on November 18th.
Source: Sunday Times