‘I miss it’ The Grand Tour showrunner addresses change to Amazon series

The Grand Tour: Official trailer for Carnage A Trois

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Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond returned with a bang last week as the new lockdown special of The Grand Tour landed on Amazon Prime Video. The trio explore French car culture in the new instalment but showrunner Andy Wilman admitted to Express.co.uk there is one aspect of the series he “misses” from previous instalments.  

The Grand Tour first landed in 2016 and episodes featured studio segments filmed within a makeshift tent. 

However, 2019 marked the beginning of feature-length specials with the tent format being eliminated. 

In an exclusive interview, Andy revealed he “missed” the studio audience as he opened up on the possibility the tent could return. 

He remarked: “I miss it and this French film was kind of like one of those films we used to do with a studio audience. 

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“You’d cut the film up into three chunks and then come back to talk to the audience in between. 

“This film reminded us of that, but I don’t think we will go back to it because to do that you’d have to put all that massive tent infrastructure together and do at least like six or eight shows on the run.”

“I don’t think we’ve got that in us anymore,” the showrunner continued. 

“I think the specials are what we are now because of how long we’ve been going on for – it’s been 20 years now. 

“We’ve still got petrol in the tank but we’re gonna use it sparingly so I don’t think we’ll go back to the studio.”

The first special was based in Cambodia and Vietnam in 2019 before The Grand Tour hosts travelled to Madagascar a year later.

The first part of the lockdown specials aired in July 2021 and saw the trio head to Scotland. 

Meanwhile, Jeremy recently enjoyed success of his own with Clarkson’s Farm.

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Showrunner Andy explained he had no idea how successful Jeremy’s venture would be. 

Despite their love of pulling pranks, Andy revealed Jeremy’s co-stars were nothing but supportive of the new show. 

He said: “There wasn’t teasing because that’s how we live our lives. I think we live our lives by screwing up be whatever the show we’re on. 

“They were chuffed for him because we didn’t really think the farm was going to be that big of a hit and you never know.

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“I know Jeremy was nervous because you think, ’Is me going farming actually going to work? Is anybody going to look on their Amazon homepage and go oh, I’ll watch that because it doesn’t sound that exciting.’”

“So the success of it was mind-blowing,” The Grand Tour showrunner added.

“It absolutely blew us away. I couldn’t see that coming I hoped it would work but not to the level it did.”

The Grand Tour Presents: Carnage A Trois is available on Amazon Prime Video.

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