Gear Knobs it ain’t, but Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have finally settled on a name for their new Amazon car show.
The new series will be called The Grand Tour, and is set to debut on Amazon’s streaming service this Autumn. Clarkson also revealed on Twitter that rather than having a permanent studio base, the show “will come from a tent, which we will put up in a different location each week”.
So, the Grand Tour (GT for short) will come from a tent, which we will put up in a different location every week. Your town?
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) May 11, 2016
A statement from Amazon also confirmed that the show “will take place at a different location every week”, suggesting that the Amazon show will still follow a weekly schedule rather than land all at once.
Meanwhile, the BBC have confirmed that the revamped Top Gear under Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc will launch on Sunday 29th May.
Last month, Clarkson posted a video of the three presenters ‘brainstorming’ the new name, with the best suggestion being ‘Three Easily Distracted Men’.
Keeping up the trio’s joke of an ‘underwhelming’ start to their Amazon preparation, presenter May said in a statement, “I wanted to call it ‘Nigel’, or ‘Roger’. We needed a name, and they’re names.”
Clarkson added, “We’ll be travelling the world hosting each episode in a different country, from a giant tent. It’s a sort of ‘grand tour’, if you like. So we’ve decided to call it ‘The Grand Tour’.”
…Best of all, we've got a MASSIVE tent as our studio. Same tent, different view, different crowd every week on our Grand Tour.
— Richard Hammond (@RichardHammond) May 11, 2016
The news comes as Top Gear prepares to reveal its own ‘super-sized’ new studio, which RadioTimes.com understands will use a “considerably larger” budget than previous years.
— The Grand Tour (@thegrandtour) May 11, 2016
Jay Marine, vice president of Amazon Video Europe, said, “After nine months of deep thought, debate and deliberation, the guys have come up with a name that reflects the global ambition of the new show. The Grand Tour will be one of the most anticipated TV launches ever, and we’re excited to be bringing it to Amazon Prime customers around the world this autumn.”
Tickets to watch The Grand Tour being filmed are set to be released via a prize draw this summer, with the roadshow dates and schedules set to be announced shortly.
When the former Top Gear presenters were working for the BBC, live shows were a key component of the Top Gear brand. Even when Clarkson was axed last year, the remaining live tour dates arranged by BBC Worldwide went ahead, renamed as Clarkson, Hammond and May Live.