The Grand Tour presents Seamen review: Clarkson’s craziest adventure yet

Swapping four wheels for a the lakes and rivers of Cambodia and Vietnam, the first Grand Tour special is a salty, silly and surprising.

In an uncertain world, Clarkson, Hammond and May are at least three things that show no signs of aging.

The trio have been working on TV shows for 16 years and after three seasons of pitching the Grand Tour tent around the world, the presenters are scaling back their workload, but upping their ante.

The Grand Tour is replacing the tent, the interviews and the car reviews for bigger and more outlandish challenges.

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In a radical move, the trio have even ditched their cars for the first special, the cheekily titled, The Grand Tour presents Seamen.
Inspired by a Clarkson holiday in the region, the trio have taken on an 800km aquatic road trip that had Clarkson getting all soppy on climate change, Richard Hammond in tears and James May close to death on an antique canal boat.

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Travelling across Vietnam and Cambodia, the 90-minute episode is packed full of laughter, jaw-dropping scenery and a finale that will go down as the most dangerous task the trio have ever taken on.

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Even Richard Hammond became a boat fan

The Grand Tour presents Seamen

Petrolheads may be concerned that the show has switched its focus, but although there are no cars in this special – even the biggest boat-hater should be won over by the end of the episode.

Richard Hammond may not have taken the challenge very seriously – rocking up in a Miami Vice speedboat that Clarkson and May rebrand ‘Jizzle Drizzle’ – but even the “ghastly little Brummie”, as Clarkson calls him, can’t help but be won around when they finally reach open water and he gets to ramp up the speed.

Jeremy Clarkson’s lessons on history, romance and climate change

Jeremy Clarkson

The biggest shocks and surprises in Seamen isn’t on the water, it comes from Jeremy Clarkson. Not only does he spend large chunks of the episode, delivering history lessons about Vietnam and getting soppy with a dramatic love story from the Vietnam War.

He also makes a stand on climate change.

Don’t get us wrong, Jeremy isn’t going all Greta Thunberg on us – and the episode is laced with endless Jeremy Corbyn gags – but the impact of climate change is so horrifyingly visible in the Mekong.

Sometimes it’s more powerful to show people something that is happening than tell them and this episode of The Grand Tour is a case in point.

The salty tears of the finale

James May in The Grand Tour presents Seamen

The Grand Tour boys have been chased out of countries, driven across vast deserts and battled freezing temperatures. But in a first, this time the presenters take to the seas – and in highly inappropriate vessels.

It’s a jaw-dropping conclusion to the adventure as the presenters get lashed in the sea, fighting to get through an epic storm with very little sailing experience and battered, tiny vessels.

In the same area four people died on the day that the Grand Tour was filming this sequence,

The Grand Tour presents Seamen is streaming now on Amazon Prime Video.

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