“He’s actually filming today,” Wilman revealed on Wednesday 13th September at the Royal Television Society biannual convention in Cambridge.
“He’s cleared to film from today; so some doctor somewhere has accepted the bribe and signed him off fit, so they’re all back doing a thing. We’re playing catch-up now with our filming schedule like crazy.”
Clarkson revealed he was admitted to hospital after spending “three nights spent spasming in my bed”, and was told he would die without urgent treatment.
He wrote in his Sunday Times column that he would need two months’ recuperation from the illness which struck around six weeks ago, meaning that his recovery has proved speedier than anticipated.
“It’s really, really annoying because I’ve never had one day off work since I started in 1978,” he added on motoring website DriveTribe.
Clarkson is not the only Grand Tour presenter to have had a brush with death recently.
Wilman added that Amazon is keen to expand the show into other markets and suggested that the trio may film in India soon.
“[Amazon] want us to get bigger in America, but they want us to get bigger in India too and they have asked us if we have any Indian films – hint hint.”
Showing an exclusive clip of the new series, Wilman said: “Series two, if you close your eyes, will be like series one and series three, the same retarded things they get up to in different countries.”
Amazon Prime Video has not confirmed a release date for The Grand Tour season two.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.