The Grand Tour will no longer feature a studio audience, car chats and track times. To many fans, this has come as a shock, as we’ve watched the three wise men carry out this entertaining tradition for many years, but from now on, the boys will only take part in special episodes.
Jeremey Clarkson made an incredibly emotional farewell on camera on the last episode of season three:
Jeremy has revealed that many planned filming locations had to be moved, changed or even cancelled. The team behind the Amazon Prime series has been trawling the world for some of the best locations to shoot the next season, one of which included a Lawrence of Arabia-style trip from Saudi Arabia to Cairo, Egypt.
Speaking in the Sunday Times, Jeremy said: “This would be an epic journey, except it would mean crossing the Sinai peninsula and, thanks to Isis, the chances of us all arriving on the other side with heads were slim.”
Another location that was turned down was a group of islands off the coast of Thailand and Australia, the Andaman Islands. Jeremy said: “There’s a tribe on one of these islands that will kill anyone who lands.”
Clarkson then went on to say: “To try to get away from the terrorists’ wretched clutches, we turned our attention to those islands that blur into one another between Asia and Australia. But time and again, Google searches revealed nearly all of them have an Isis presence. There was even a bomb in Bali recently. And not a Jägerbomb.”
Clarkson also claimed that he turned down Australia because it wouldn’t interest fans enough and the Aussie media would scrutinise it and potentially ruin it. He stated: “But of course we couldn’t go to Australia, because you set off from one side and absolutely nothing happens until you get to the other. It’d be the most boring show in history. And thanks to the relentless paparazzi, everything we said and did would be reported long before the programme was shown. If Australia’s paps had anything to do with it, we’d already know what happens at the end of Game of Thrones.”
As safety of the crew is paramount, locations may be predominately UK-based if alternative filming spots cannot be identified. There’s also no indication as to when season four will be aired, so sit tight for a potentially long wait.