Without any doubt, the trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond are the greatest automotive presenter of all time (we are not saying experts). The deadly combination of the three Britishers have been part of the world renowed Top Gear series of the BBC UK for almost 20 years before quitting it last year due to some issue with the channel.
Soon after quitting the Top Gear, the trio announced a new show hosted exclusively for the Amazon Prime Video, called 'The Grand Tour'. To be aired from 18th November, 2016 every Friday, the show will be exclusive for the subscribers of the Amazon Prime Video, which has recently been launched in India too.
While the anticipation around the show has been built not only by the presenters, but also by the teasers launched, the newest teaser takes the game to a new level. According to the new teaser, the filming of the first season saw 27 cars get destroyed, 14,951 cups of coffee being consumed, and 1,474,546,320 miles (according to Clarkson) being driven. Now we know Clarkson likes to exaggerate a bit, but these numbers are impressive by any standards.
Speaking of the first teaser which helped in setting the ground for the second inning of the trio, after an unceremonious outset from the Top Gear show, it was released in October 2016. The show featured exotics like Aston Martin Vulcan, Ferrari LaFerrari, Alfa Romeo 4C, Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1 and Dodge Challenger Hellcat.
Another report came in shortly after the teaser stating that the opening scene of The Grand Tour is set to be the most expensive opening to ever broadcast on TV. The exuberant James Bond style opening scene features 150 cars, 2000 acrobats, six jet planes and has been shot with a total budget of £2.5million. The team hopes to create an iconic TV moment with the opening scene.
The opening sequence will be presented by Clarkson, 56, Hammond, 46, and May, 53, who will be shown speeding across the Californian desert in the customised red, white and blue Ford Mustangs. The shot also features “petrolheads” and stilt-walkers at the in Lucerne Valley and will be followed by £20 million worth of cars, including a Bugatti Veyron and Rolls-Royce.
With the show, Jeremy Clarkson is all set to become Britain’s highest paid TV star with him earning £10million salary. As for the Amazon show, audiences who have bought the package of Amazon prime will only be able to watch the show in countries across the world and India will be the most affordable place to get the access to Prime Video.
Amazon Prime which was launched in India earlier this year is coming with an introductory price offer of Rs 499 for a year. Later, the price will be Rs 999 (some £12 converted) for an annual subscription. That's less than one month's subscription to the Prime Video service in the UK. While Amazon Prime India doesn't offer as many benefits as in the UK, getting to watch The Grand Tour is worth every buck spent on the Prime TV.
All we can say that we can hardly wait for November 18. You keep a tab here for the latest updates related to the show!