After a couple of health scares delayed the return of Amazon’s The Grand Tour, hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are back filming the studio tent sections of the show.
The show’s official Twitter account revealed last night that the ‘live’ audience section of the Amazon Prime Video series begin filming today, and James May followed up with a confirmation this morning.
— The Grand Tour (@thegrandtour) October 24, 2017
— James May (@MrJamesMay) October 25, 2017
The show’s hotly anticipated second season has faced a number of issues this time round: Hammond was hospitalised following a dramatic crash while filming the show in the Swiss mountains in June, which Clarkson called the “most frightening” accident he had ever witnessed.
It was the biggest crash I've ever seen and the most frightening but incredibly, and thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly OK.
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 10, 2017
Clarkson found himself in a hospital bed a couple of months later, after coming down with pneumonia. The Grand Tour producer Andy Wilman confirmed that Clarkson was back filming in September, adding, “We’re playing catch-up now with our filming schedule like crazy.”
— The Grand Tour (@thegrandtour) October 25, 2017
The new season of the show will see the studio tent – which travelled to various locations in the first season – find a permanent home in the Cotswolds, rather conveniently close to Clarkson’s home.
According to Amazon, the decision to stay put in Blighty this season was made to preserve the hosts’ “sore joints, struggling lungs and combined age of 158”, and, given recent events, it’s probably for the best.
James May is so excited that he chopped off his trademark locks.
— James May (@MrJamesMay) October 21, 2017
There is no word as yet on when The Grand Tour will air, but is expected to be released before the end of the year.