The Grand Tour heads to Namibia for two-part special
James R | On 30, Dec 2016
The Grand Tour is heading to Namibia for the New Year, with a two-part special.
Amazon’s motoring show has, so far, followed the same formula for each episode: put Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in a tent in different locations around the world, then cut from that to pre-filmed videos from other cities and racetracks. At the halfway point of its 12-episode first season, though, The Grand Tour is taking a leaf from Top Gear’s later travelogue-style specials, with a double-bill filmed entirely in Namibia.
The trio will abandon their usual mobile studio in an “attempt to demonstrate the brilliance of the great ‘60s throwback, the beach buggy”.
In part one of the two-part special, the presenters attempt to prove Grand Tour boss man, Mr Wilman, wrong, as he declares that beach buggies are terrible. Jeremy, Richard and James saddle up three examples built to their own specifications and set off on an epic road trip adventure across the deserts of Namibia.
Called “The Beach (Buggy) Boys”, Part 1 will see the presenters saddle up three examples built to their own specifications and set off on an epic journey across the deserts of south west Africa. Part 2 will continue the trip, facing the rough roads of the Namibian bush and the constant malfunction of Clarkson’s V8-powered vehicle.
The two parts are released on Amazon Prime Video on Friday 30th December and Saturday 31st December. Read on for a trailer, or catch up with our verdict on the show so far here.
The guys are off on an epic Namibian adventure. Watch part 1 of #TheGrandTour special on 30th December & part 2 on the 31st. pic.twitter.com/stufmb4cCD
— The Grand Tour (@thegrandtour) December 26, 2016
Trailer: The Grand Tour Episode 2
24th November 2016
The Grand Tour revs up its engines for Episode 2 this Friday – and judging by the new trailer for the episode, Clarkson, Hammond and May aren’t about to slow down any time soon.
Amazon’s motoring show has already broken record viewing figures over its opening weekend on Prime Video (read our review of Episode 1 here), but Episode 2 is stepping things up a gear, moving from a supercar showdown to all three men becoming special forces soldiers with an all action challenge at a top secret training base, deep within Jordan.
Titled “Operation Desert Stumble”, the prospect of seeing that alone is enough to get people to tune in, although there is an 800 horsepower Aston Martin Vulcan going round the Grand Tour test track to keep petrol-heads happy. “James,” Clarkson warns, as he goes to shoot a car. “Petrol only blows up in films.” As if that’s going to stop them.
Episode 2 will be available to watch online on Amazon Prime Video from 00.01GMT on Friday 25th November, as part of a £5.99 Amazon Prime Video subscription – or as part of a £79 annual Amazon Prime membership, which includes free next-day delivery on Amazon products.
For more information, click here – or read on for the trailer and, below, photos of the episode.
This week, #TheGrandTour goes commando. Stream episode 2: 'Operation Desert Stumble' this Friday on Amazon Prime Video. pic.twitter.com/TrEDQf6nl5
— The Grand Tour (@thegrandtour) November 23, 2016
First look photos of The Grand Tour Episode 2
15th November 2016
Amazon’s The Grand Tour kicks off this Friday, with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May racing back onto our screens with a brand new motoring show. (You can read everything you need to know about The Grand Tour here.)
Episodes will be released on Amazon Prime Video every Friday, with Episode 2 landing on Friday 25th November.
Titled “Operation Desert Stumble”, it will see the ex-Top Gear trio bring the travelling Grand Tour tent to The Cradle of Humankind near Johannesburg in South Africa. Over the ensuing episode, the three hosts are forced to become special forces soldiers with an all action challenge at a top secret training base, deep within Jordan.
“I’ve seen the film, it’s really funny,” says Jeremy Clarkson of Episode 2. “Slight problem: we forgot to put any cars in it. I admit that was a bit of a mistake, but it is very funny nevertheless. We went to this Special Forces training facility in a disused quarry in Oman. It’s where all the world’s Special Forces go every year to compete with one another, and we thought we’d give it a bash. It turns out we were no good at it. Rolling and somersaults and shooting and knife fights are not our thing. Anyway it’s a bloody funny film.”
Jeremy also introduces the 800 horsepower Aston Martin Vulcan to The Grand Tour’s test track, and James is sent to investigate an unusual form of motorsport called spinning.
Now, we’ve got our first look at the three men in action: