Jeremy Clarkson restarts filming The Grand Tour after recovering from pneumonia

The presenter has been given the all-clear following his health scare and is "playing catch-up like crazy" with season two's filming schedule, producer Andy Wilman reveals

Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson has been given the all-clear to resume filming The Grand Tour.


The show’s producer Andy Wilman joked that Clarkson, who was struck down with pneumonia in August and admitted to hospital, bribed his doctors to give him permission to continue work on season two of the Amazon motoring series.

“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.

In June, Richard Hammond had to be pulled from the wreckage of his supercar after plunging over the side of a mountain road in Switzerland. He managed to climb out of the car before it burst into his flames.

Hammond fractured a knee in the accident; asked whether he was OK as well, producer Wilman said, “I don’t know. I haven’t spoken to him for ten minutes. He could be off a cliff now.”

Wilman joked that publicity around the crash was helpful to Amazon Prime Video and its boss Jeff Bezos.

“I think Jeff Bezos did Richard’s brakes on that car – he knew how much public attention it would get.”


Richard Hammond’s car after the crash: “I thought I’d had it,” he said

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.