5 reasons Jeremy Clarkson’s The Grand Tour will be better than Top Gear
We’ll say it – Top Gear just isn’t the same without Clarkson, Hammond and May. While the BBC show is definitely improving, and Matt LeBlanc is at least doing a great job of presenting, what we really want to see now is the much-hyped Amazon rival. It’s called The Grand Tour and is scheduled to debut on Amazon Prime’s streaming service this Autumn. Here’s five reasons we think this new show will leave Top Gear in the dust.
1. It’s going bigger from episode one.
The Grand Tour – as suggested by its name – has global aspirations, and it looks like moving tents all over the UK isn’t going to cut it anymore. The first episode will take place in Johannesburg in South Africa – a far cry from Blackpool. Although Chris Evans’ Top Gear did also make it to South Africa in episode two, for The Grand Tour this is the first step in an outrageously expensive worldwide tour.
2. It’s got a bigger budget.
The Grand Tour reportedly has a budget of 4 million per episode, four times larger than the budget of Jeremy Clarkson’s last season at Top Gear. To add a bit more perspective, Game of Thrones has a budget of 5 million per episode – and they have dragons and ice zombies.
3. Its running time will be longer.
One of the most-mentioned benefits of original programming by Netflix and Amazon is that they are not restricted to a certain time slot, so there’s room to go beyond an hour’s airtime. While episodes are still planned to be 60 minutes in length, there’s no reason they can’t be longer if the material is of good enough quality, and that’s exactly what happened when Amazon took over Ripper Street from the BBC.
4. The Grand Tour has Clarkson, Hammond and May and they have MORE creative control.
It’s not only the running-time that will be affected by the move to Amazon, but shows working with streaming services frequently mention the increased creative control allowed to production companies and their stars. The Grand Tour is not limited by channel values, the time slot or the advertisers. (This isn’t to say the BBC’s values aren’t necessary, but rather that they must please a much larger body of people – after all, we all pay the TV license). Amazon makes no such promise, and the show has already confirmed more time will be allocated to Clarkson, Hammond and May actually discussing cars. And on the subject of cars…
5. They’ve got better cars.
The big one. The Grand Tour has already pulled off a coup that Top Gear reportedly tried and failed to achieve – in the first episode, the trio will test the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder back-to-back. While the cars have appeared on Top Gear before, the show failed to get Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche to agree to a back-to-back test. We suspect this is the sort of thing that Amazon’s larger budget will play a continuous role in.
The Grand Tour will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in Autumn 2016.