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Jeremy Clarkson's Amazon show to be called The Grand Tour

Jeremy Clarkson's new Amazon Prime motoring show will be called The Grand Tour.

The new series featuring Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond will make its debut on the streaming service in autumn.

Previous reports suggested names such as Gear Knobs were being considered and a video released showed the trio brainstorming monikers such as Tripod.

A tongue-in-cheek statement from the trio said they thanked everyone for their suggestions, with an explanation from Clarkson on the final choice.

He said: "Thing is. We'll be travelling the world hosting each episode in a different country, from a giant tent. It's a sort of 'grand tour', if you like. So we've decided to call it 'The Grand Tour'."

May admitted he was underwhelmed by the final name, saying: " I wanted to call it 'Nigel', or 'Roger'. We needed a name, and they're names."

Hammond said: "I already love camping. But this is something else. We are like our pioneering and prospecting forebears, sallying forth into a new frontier of broadcasting, and making our home where..."

The statement ended, adding that at this point in the above conversation "Clark son and May strangled him (Hammond) with a guy rope."

Clarkson tweeted seconds after the announcement, writing: " So, the Grand Tour (GT for short) will come from a tent, which we will put up in a different location every week. Your town?"

In a series of tweets, Hammond expressed his excitement, writing: "We've got a name. And it was bleeding obvious cos it's what we're doing: coming from a different place every week."

"Best of all, we've got a MASSIVE tent as our studio. Same tent, different view, different crowd every week on our Grand Tour," he added.

May expressed his "unhappiness" at the final name, tweeting: "I still think 'Nigel' was a better name."

May added: "I'm sorry if your name wasn't used for our new show. But neither were any of mine."

He linked to the show's new Facebook page, which contains a video scrolling through crossed-out name suggestions including Watcher Of The Skies, A Small Puddle Of Excellence and Automates.

The Grand Tour Facebook page has now been unlocked, giving the public access to material dating back across the last ten months.

The first post from July 2015 is titled "The Secret's Out" and reads: "Starting a new adventure".

Clarkson, Hammond and May are shown brainstorming ideas for naming the show in a series of videos posted in April, with Clarkson asking: "How long can we keep calling it 'currently unnamed TV show'?"

Other posts feature the trio filming in Portugal, Barbados, North Africa and London.

Former Top Gear presenter Clarkson was suspended and then later fired by the BBC last year after a "fracas" that saw him punch Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon.

His co-presenters Hammond and May quit the show shortly after.

Replacing Clarkson on the BBC show is radio DJ Chris Evans, who will be joined by an extensive line-up of new presenters including former Friends actor Matt LeBlanc and racing driver Sabine Schmitz.

The revamped Top Gear is set to air in May, while The Grand Tour will premiere in the autumn.

Fans of the show were quick to connect the initials of The Grand Tour - GT, or TGT - with Top Gear.

Steve Lloyd tweeted: "T.G.T. = TOP GEAR TWO."

Ahmed El Toni wrote: "Grand Tour ... Top Gear ... GT... TG. Well played."

Ian Bonham responded to Clarkson's tweet: "So, TG's replacement is GT. I'm seeing what they did there and I'm liking it ..."

Another fan, Joe Powell, tweeted: "So the new show is GT and the old one is TG ... Coincidence? I think not."

"So it's going to be GT vs. TG then ..." Ciaran Cundelan wrote.

The Grand Tour will be made up of 12 episodes.

Clarkson responded to fans suggesting locations for filming - including Texas, Atlanta, and St Albans.

He wrote: "We have 12 shows. One is a Christmas thing. That means 11 locations for our tent. Many requests from Mexico."


From Belfast Telegraph