The Grand Tour is an upcoming motoring television series for Amazon Videopresented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, and produced by Andy Wilman. The four had agreed to produce the series following their departures from the BBC series, Top Gear, with an initial agreement of 36 episodes over the period of three years, scheduled to be released on Amazon Video on a weekly basis in the latter half of 2016 (circa September–December).
The intended format was for individual television films, using location shootingwithout television studio segments but after the title reveal, it was announced there will be studio segments shot in tents on various locations. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos described the deal as being "very, very, very expensive". W. Chump & Sons and Amazon Studios are the production companies for the programme, whilst Amazon.com will distribute the show. Studio recordings began on 17 July 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Recordings in the United States will take place on 25 September 2016 inSouthern California Further studio recordings will take place in the United Kingdom and Germany between October and December 2016.
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There was speculation that the show could be called Gear Knobs after a trademark application was made for that name by an associated company, but Clarkson stated in October 2015 that this would not be the title. He explained in April 2016 that the word "Gear" could not be used for legal reasons. The show's title was announced as The Grand Tour in a statement on 11 May 2016. The show's logo was unveiled by Clarkson on Twitter on 28 June 2016. A short trailer was released on 8 April 2016 portraying Clarkson, Hammond and May brainstorming for a suitable name for the new series, before ending with the Twitter hashtag#TheStillVeryMuchUntitledClarksonHammondMayAmazonPrimeShowComingAutumn2016. Another short trailer was posted by Clarkson on Facebook, yet again portraying the trio attempting to conjure up a suitable name. Albeit this time, they end up getting distracted and completely forgetting the task at hand. Shortly afterwards, the trailer was released on the Amazon Video UK YouTube channel. Following the public naming of the show, Amazon offered new customers a £20 discount for their first year on Amazon Prime during 14–16 May 2016.
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