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Ex-Top Gear trio revved up as they embark on The Grand Tour adventure

Published 17/11/2016

James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond during filming of The Grand Tour (Amazon/PA)
James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond during filming of The Grand Tour (Amazon/PA)

The wait for Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond's new motoring series The Grand Tour will soon be over as it debuts on Amazon Prime Video on Friday.

The three car enthusiasts' new endeavour follows their run fronting the BBC's Top Gear, which came to an end in 2015 when Clarkson was fired over a "fracas" with a producer.

The Grand Tour sees Clarkson, May and Hammond travelling the globe with a tent and entertaining audiences in locations such as Los Angeles, Whitby, Johannesburg and Lapland.

There will also be high-quality films, filled with their trademark banter as they embark on challenges and stunts in an array of vehicles across the world.

But fans of the trio who might be expecting some Top Gear favourites - such as the star in a reasonably priced car segment and The Stig - will be disappointed as they form part of the BBC show, which was taken over earlier this year by Matt LeBlanc and the now-departed Chris Evans.

The stakes are high for The Grand Tour as the world logs in to watch, partly because of the show's bigger-than-Top Gear budget and the predicted instant reaction from fans and critics on social media.

Clarkson said the first episode, which includes the holy trinity of hybrid hypercars - the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferrari LaFerrari - is likely to be popular at the very least.

He said: "I think programme one will be all right. I'd be extremely surprised if that was poorly reviewed."

However, May has said the release date of The Grand Tour feels "ominous" as it marks a year to the day that he sustained a painful injury.

May said: "I slipped - last November - actually, weirdly, it was on November 18 which is the day we launch. It's exactly a year, which may be ominous in some way.

"I left a restaurant with Sarah, my other half, and we were walking back to the car and it was a dark night and I slipped on something on the pavement.

"I'd had a few drinks, I wasn't drunk or anything, but I wouldn't have driven the car or operated a crane. People are always saying if you've had a few drinks and you fall over or fall off something you'll be fine because you're all relaxed.

"But it turns out to be absolute bollocks because I just went wham, and hit the floor and broke my shoulder and fractured my arm. It was quite unpleasant."

The first series of The Grand Tour will have 12 hour-long episodes streamed weekly on Amazon Prime. A total of 36 episodes across three years have been commissioned.

Only fans in the UK, America, Germany and Japan will be able to watch the series when it arrives on Friday, but Amazon has announced it will be launching the show globally in December in over 200 countries.

:: The Grand Tour's first episode will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video on Friday November 18.

:: It will launch at 00:01 GMT, with new episodes released weekly for 12 weeks.

:: Amazon Prime members can watch the show via the Amazon Video app on smart TVs, streaming media players, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, Wii U, on iOS and Android phones and tablets, and on the web.

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