Jeremy Clarkson broke down in tears as The Grand Tour season 3 concluded, sharing his sadness that the show would no longer have a studio audience element and will look very different in the future.
The Grand Tour Tent will be no more and future episodes of the motoring show will be in the format of epic road trip adventure specials.
The final episode of series three included a nostalgic and emotional film about the Ford saloon which Clarkson has said he put his "heart and soul into writing”. It is available to watch today on Prime Video now.
Speaking to the studio audience at the end of the episode, Clarkson said: "We have some good news, we’re not stopping."
Richard Hammond added: "We can’t, we’d have to get jobs!"
Jeremy continued: "The show as you know it is ending…the audience…the track, but, who would like to see us doing more big adventures…road trips… specials?"
Richard Hammond added: "There is still so much of the world we haven’t been to."
Jeremy said: "So many people I haven’t insulted!"
James May joked: "So many cars Richard hasn’t crashed!"
Jeremy continued: "So although the tent has gone, The Grand Tour goes on."
Richard joked: "We are going to need walking sticks and nappies."
Jeremy Clarkson: "So whilst it’s not goodbye from us, it is good bye from the tent… anyone want to buy a tent?"
Here is everything you need to know about The Grand Tour specials:
When is The Grand Tour back?
The first Grand Tour specials are expected to come in 2020.
Amazon announced in December, 2018 that The Grand Tour had been renewed.
The Grand Tour series four will see Clarkson, Hammond & May ditch the tent and take on big adventure road trips that fans around the world love.
"The Grand Tour is a worldwide hit and fan favourite," said Jay Marine, Vice President of Prime Video.
"We're delighted the guys are coming back for series four to make more of The Grand Tour exclusively for our Prime Video members."
First pictures from season 4
Clarkson confirmed that filming was underway for the next batch of episodes in June, posting on Instagram: "Back in the saddle".
In a possible dig at the new series of Top Gear with Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harry, Clarkson posted another image of the Grand Tour team getting on their bikes.
"You’ve seen the tribute band. Now it’s time for the real thing," he wrote.
In a mode of transport that was probably more to Clarkson's tastes, the trio have also been pictured in a helicopter together.
It looks like one of the new episodes will feature a cycling challenge for Clarkson, Hammond and May, which will probably have got the trio heated, grumbling and moaning.
"Not the easiest shoot, but it's just about done," said Clarkson. "You'll be surprised."
Where are the specials being filmed?
The presenters start filming in June and pre-production has already begun on the episodes.
Clarkson revealed in an interview with The Sun that they will be filming in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.
In his column for The Sun, Clarkson said that the episode in Vietnam and Cambodia nearly ended in disaster. Howeve
"It's about the only time health and safety has made the correct decision," said Clarkson, explaining that they abandoned filming shortly before a monsoon hit the area.
"I, of course, was fine, but May had to abandon ship as crew boats were filling with water."
Talking about the incident to Drive Tribe, he added: "Not a mile away from where we were, some people were killed.
"As a result of the conditions, we simply couldn't complete [the ending]. But, because of the conditions, we have one hell of an ending. Yeah, it will be an astonishing show."
What spinoff series can we expect?
Uncharacteristically, James May is first off the mark with his own spinoff series on Prime Video – Our Man in Japan.
Fifteen years after James May first visited Japan as a baffled tourist, he embarks on a quest to understand the unique, extraordinary and complex country. The birthplace of the haiku and classical art forms driven by the principles of Wabi (stark beauty) and Sabi (natural inspiration) and Yugen (grace and subtlety), Japan is also the place that’s given us Godzilla, Hello Kitty, Cosplay, and some of the strangest obsessions on the planet.
James will embark on an epic journey across all of Japan from North to South, determined to understand why this unique land and its people are the way they are, what drives their whole culture and what their approach to life can teach the rest of us. James can’t speak the language, he is clueless about Japanese etiquette, but at least he knows there’s a small tree called a banzai.
Richard Hammond was the second presenter to confirm their own spinoff series, which will see him teaming up with Mythbusters star Tory Belleci.
The epic six-part series will feature Hammond and Belleci shipwrecked in mysterious circumstances, stranded on a remote yet beautiful desert island.
Rather than sitting around waiting to be rescued, the pair decide to take matters into their own hands as they use all of their engineering and expert scientific prowess not only to survive, but to construct an out-of-this-world, paradise island playground.
The series follows Richard and Tory as they masterfully construct their exotic wonderland using what they have from the shipwreck and what they can find on the island. Each episode will see them take on huge feats of engineering to achieve epic builds in what will be a once in a lifetime operation for the two lovers of science, engineering and making the impossible, possible. The duo’s hare-brained builds will range from island hopping vehicles to a supersized hydro-power waterwheel.
Richard and Tory will be teaming-up for the first time, bringing their daredevil antics and engineering A-games to this pop-science series.
“Somebody needs to take hold of Popular Science as a genre and reinvent it for a new age. And there are only two people to do that job. Unfortunately neither of them are available so it’s me and Tory Belleci,” said Richard Hammond.
Tory Belleci said: "I'm so excited to be working with Richard for the first time. This is gonna get crazy!"
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