The Grand Tour (2016– )
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The Holy Trinity 

The Grand Tour kicks off in California, USA, when Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May take their famous studio tent to Dry Rabbit Lake. Hundreds of fans from across the U.S. ... See full summary »

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Phil Churchward
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Episode credited cast:
Jeremy Clarkson ... Himself - Presenter
Richard Hammond ... Himself - Presenter
James May ... Himself - Presenter
Mike Skinner ... Himself - The American
Jérôme d'Ambrosio ... Himself - Special Guest (as Jerome d'Ambrosio)
Armie Hammer ... Himself - Special Guest
Jeremy Renner ... Himself - Special Guest
Carol Vorderman ... Herself - Special Guest
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Hothouse Flowers Hothouse Flowers ... Themselves - Performer
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The Grand Tour kicks off in California, USA, when Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May take their famous studio tent to Dry Rabbit Lake. Hundreds of fans from across the U.S. traveled to the desert, near Lucerne Valley, outside of Los Angeles, California to be part of the first ever episode of Jeremy, Richard and James new show for Amazon Prime. Written by Matt Grey

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Comedy | Talk-Show

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English

Release Date:

14 December 2016 (Netherlands) See more »

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£4,500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This man seen during the McLaren v Porsche scene is McLaren's chief test driver, Chris Goodwin. He knows a lot about McLarens. See more »

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Himself - Presenter: James May, the world's slowest-moving human being, has been caught speeding. Actually charged by the police... How fast was it?
Himself - Presenter: 37 miles an hour.
Himself - Presenter: How did you even breathe at that speed?
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References The Bourne Legacy (2012) See more »

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I Can See Clearly Now
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Written by Johnny Nash
Performed by Hothouse Flowers
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Second rate rip off
24 November 2016 | by n-middleton-117See all my reviews

I was so bitterly disappointed with this episode, I wanted to give it a much lower score than I already have.

The episode has a few witty jokes, and some of the same chemistry that made the trio of Hammond, Clarkson, and May so successful. However, it lacked any real substance. They introduced a whole lot of new elements to the show that were clearly aimed at mimicking the old Top Gear format, but didn't really pull it off as they appeared to be getting too outlandish, just to get a giggle.

The old Top Gear began to become less and less about the cars and more about the dynamic between the hosts anyway, but this first episode just came across as a shameless copy. Rather than look to distinguish themselves from the old Top Gear, they've just tried to do the same...but different...and sadly feels more like a cheap fake Rolex, than the real deal.

The episode also has something rather significant to answer for, as their lap time for the "holy trinity" of hypercars yielded different results to another journalist test conducted at the exact same time, but who aired their results some time ago now.

The show certainly has the potential to do well with that trio, but they need to work out if it was the hosts' chemistry that made the show, or the format. If it's the format, then stop mimicking Top Gear, and let them define their own show. If it is the format that made the show successful though, then go back and watch the old Top Gear. Either way, this show will be doomed to fail if it doesn't get into its own track soon enough.


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