If things have been a bit quiet on TV recently, don’t worry - The Grand Tour will be back on Amazon Prime Video very soon.
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have been globetrotting again, filming even more outrageous challenges, epic stunts and glorious road trips in the finest cars on the planet.
Here's everything you need to know about the return of the series, which Prime Video describe as: "three middle-aged men rampaging around the world having unusual adventures, driving amazing cars, and engaging in a constant argument about which of them is the biggest idiot".
When is The Grand Tour back for season 3?
Clarkson, Hammond and May are back. Season 3 of The Grand Tour is available now - only on Prime Video. New episodes are available, every Friday.
Watch the first trailer
The first full trailer for season 3 features Hammond once again risking one of his nine lives as he struggles to keep his Jeep on a tiny bridge over a steep canyon in Colombia, the three comrades taking on epic challenges in Detroit and Nevada, visits to Mongolia and China, Jeremy and Abbie attempting an unusual snowy challenge in Sweden, and James May playing the bagpipes in Scotland, along with a tour of the Stansted Airport.
Joe Cocker's version of With A Little Help From My Friends soundtracks the footage.
Fans have finally got their hands on the latest series and not surprisingly, the reaction to the show's return has been overwhelmingly positive. Roll on the next 13 weeks of episodes!
#grandtour is here and its time to tune in . Embrace your inner 8yr old !— Rag (@rag_srama) January 18, 2019
Hey! The new #GrandTour went up tonight! It was fantastic!— Megan (@megsn319) January 18, 2019
Meet the presenters
The Grand Tour
Series 3, Episode 1 - Motown Funk
In the first episode of a brandcnew season, Jeremy Clarkson, RichardcHammond and James May make a pilgrimage to Detroit to drive three highly tuned muscle cars, the Ford Mustang RTR Spec 3, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and the Hennessey Exorcist Camaro. Horrified to discover that this once great motor city is a shadow of its former self and devotes more energy to making organic kale than oversized V8s, the hosts set about bringing some noisy life back to the old place and establishing it as a sort of playground for people who’d rather talk about superchargers than spinach. After staging a drag race on the deserted streets and performing a noise test in an old theatre, the three find an abandoned car factory and set about turning it into a race track. They then head to a local airfield for the ultimate battle between good and evil. Also in this show, Jeremy drives the super lightweight, supe hardcore, 789 horsepower McLa ren Senna around Donington, because it’s too fast for the tree-lined Eboladrome.
The Grand Tour Series 3 is available now - new episodes every Friday.
The Colombia Special
This highly anticipated special has been the source of much fan speculation for a long while - there was a strong rumour at one point that it would be released as a Christmas special.
But the wait will finally be over on January 25th, when Part 1 of the Colombia special is released on Prime Video.
In a special episode of the show, Clarkson, Hammond and May clatter across Colombia in a Jeep Wrangler, a Chevrolet Silverado pick up and a Fiat Panda 4x4 as they attempt to capture some high quality images of interesting animals to be used as Amazon’s new screensavers.
Along the way they encounter epic scenery, extreme peril, very odd hobbies and even some actual animals in an incredible journey.
Series 3 episode 4 - Pick Up Put Downs - Available now
In this episode, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May investigate the new breed of European pick up trucks hoping to take on the American and Japanese establishment.
Clarkson has a Volkswagen Amarok, Hammond has a Ford Ranger while May is in the new Mercedes X class. Collectively they test their trucks with a series of challenges built around the many stages of life in the developing world, starting with rural subsistence and running through the toppling of the dictator, the descent into civil war , and the bit where some idiot blows up a helicopter.
Along the way there are chases and races and quite a lot of needless gunfire until the best pick - up is decided upon by everyone except James.
Also, in this show, Jeremy is at the Eboladrome to test the snorting, swollen, near-600 horsepower Jaguar XE Project 8.
Series 3, Episode 5 - An Itchy Urus - Available now
In this episode, Jeremy Clarkson heads to Sweden to test the new Lamborghini Urus SUV on slushy, slippery roads and in an action - packed ice race across a frozen lake ag ainst Grand Tour driver Abbie Eaton in a Porsche 911 Turbo.
Back in the UK, James May pays a rare visit to the Eboladrome to try the Alpine A110, a French sports car that hopes to succeed where most French sports car fail by getting more than two people to buy it.
And Richard Hammond profiles Scottish racing driver Jim Clark, a quiet and modest man whose achievements on track made him arguably the greatest of all time, before his life was tragically cut short
Series 3, Episode 6 - Chinese food for though - Available now
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are in the vast Chinese megacity of Chongqing with some valuable consumer advice for business people across all of China; don’t spend huge sums on a brand new luxury car when you could pop over to Europe, buy a second hand executive limo and ship it home for a fraction of the cost.
To prove their point, the three hosts tour the city and beyond in an old Mercedes S600, an ageing BMW 750iL and a 20-year-old Cadillac STS, encountering a door empire, a sinister camera network, a flame spitting drone and a range of in-car entertainment features along the way. Also in this show, The Grand Tour discovers an ultra-fast electric supercar called the NIO EP9 and foolishly gives the job of testing it to Richard Hammond.
Series 3, Episode 7 – Well aged Scotch - Available now
In this episode, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May set out to prove that not all classic cars have become insanely expensive by finding rare and desirable machines that have yet to accelerate up the appreciation curve.
With Clarkson in an Alfa Romeo GTV6, Hammond in a Fiat X1/9 and May in a Lancia Gamma Coupe, the three set off on a road trip around the top of Scotland taking in the sensational driving roads of the North Coast 500, winding their way through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world to a soundtrack of grinding gearboxes, malfunctioning wipers and Richard Hammond complaining about how horribly cold he is.
Also in this show, Jeremy is at the Eboladrome to test the new BMW M5 super saloon against the same-but-different Alpina B5.
Series 3, Episode 8 - International Buffoons’ Vacation - Available March 1st
In a newly released trailer for this week's special episode of Prime Video’s The Grand Tour, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are forced to go on an RV holiday in the south western United States, despite regarding such things as slow, uncomfortable and pointless.
Pushed to breaking point within 24 hours, the hosts decide to take matters into their own hands by each buying a used RV which they can then modify to suit their own personal preferences before continuing their vacation across Nevada in comfort, or a near approximation of it.
What cars will feature in the new series?
As always, we’re expecting plenty of surprises from the Grand Tour team and a lot is being kept under wraps. However, the presenters have dropped a few teasers during the year and motoring fanatics following the trio filming around the world have spotted several classic vehicles lined up for season 3.
James May confirmed on the trio’s car social media network DriveTribe that they would be testing an Alpine A110, while Clarkson revealed in his Sunday Times column that he would testing the Bentley Continental FT at the Eboladrome.
Clarkson posted on DriveTribe pictures of him inside the Hongqi L5 in Chongqing, describing it as the "coolest" car he’s even been inside and also confirmed that the series would include him testing the McLaren Senna.
Executive producer Andy Wilman shared pictures on Instagram of the Aston Martin Vantage being tested in the Eboladrome, while Clarkson also posted shots of himself in a Lancia.
While filming in Detroit, the trio were spotted inside a Dodge Challenge SRT Demon (Hammond), Hennesset Exorcist Camaro ZL1 (May) and Ford Mustang RTR (Clarkson) and during filming in Scotland, the trio were seen inside classic Italian sports cars.
A trip to Wales was slightly less glamorous as the presenters were seen inside pickup trucks.
Who is David Souffle?
The most significant update we’ve had in the wait for season 3 are Clarkson’s mysterious new Belgian traffic warden character – David Souffle.
Clarkson shared images on Instagram and posted a series of videos on YouTube, where is sporting an impressive comedy moustache for the character.
The short sketches feature Clarkson’s character distracted for handing out parking tickets to vehicles on double yellow lines by nearby patisseries and their delicious produce.
What is happening in series 3? Where is it being filmed?
Executive producer Andy Wilman revealed the most significant news and updates at the first Prime Video Presents event in London.
Wilman announced at the event that there are "two big locations" for season 3, Columbia and Mongolia.
He also revealed that the reason Clarkson, Hammond and May weren’t at the event was because they were shooting "a bit of a road trip" in Azerbaijan and Georgia.
"They are quite old, they might not make it, it's quite a long drive," he joked.
Revealing some of the road trip destinations, Wilman said: "There are three big new GT luxury Aston Martin, Bentleys and so on and they require a massive road trip, we can't just go round Wales.
"No offence to Wales - mind you, Brexit's coming that’s gonna be abroad isn't it? We require big, beautiful scenery so you start like that.
"Then we go, 'we’ve got three or four big new car road trips, let’s do some retarded s***’. So we’ve done one of those motorhome holidays where they've built their own motorhomes in America. They're going through Trumpsville in the stuff they've built.
"China, they go to China, because if businessmen/women buy very expensive cars, they cost three or four times what they would in Europe, so they bought s****y eight grand, 20-year-old Mercedes that are on their last legs, and they’re trying to convince the Chinese business community that this is the way forward, and it just all goes really wrong."
Explaining why he loves working with Prime Video on The Grand Tour, he added: "It's their lives played out on screen via cars and car adventures.
"Each series is like recording an album, you've got some hits, fillers and some experimental eras.
"The Grand Tour has to live up to that name and this one is chocka with passport stamps."
Footage shown to journalists at the event also revealed that the series wouldn't be cutting back on the outrageous stunts.
The clip featured a police chase, an exploding helicopter, the trio driving motorhomes and a surprising cameo from Mary Beard.
Richard Hammond's season 3 spoilers
The presenter appeared at the Warsaw Motor Show in late 2018 and gave fans some insight into what had been filmed for the new series.
"We're in the studio now making the studio bits of season 3. We’ve been all over the world making season 3. Mongolia, China, Columbia, Nevada – I’m never home. My wife loves my job," he joked.
"I’ve travelled to some incredible places and driven some amazing cars, new and old. Even some exciting new electric ones – I didn’t crash them this time.
"In the new season we’ve had the McLaren Senna – an astonishing machine. A NIO, a Chinese electric supercar with 1,400 horsepower. Hopefully the new electric Porsche will be in – in fact, it will be in!"
Hammond also revealed that he had filmed a special "tribute" to British Forumula One legend Jim Clark. He commented: "I made a tribute film to him, driving his Lotus 25... That was an incredible experience."
James May's update on the format tweaks
Speaking to Wheels Canada, May confirmed that there was more of a focus on the trio's adventures and challenges in season 3.
"We’ve got effectively three specials, rather than the usual one. We’ve got a few other films that are almost special length; you know almost a full episode long. We’ve got a few silly races, some terrible old cars. some rather romantic old cars as well. Bickering, some sort of shallow pointless arguments, and a few supercars.
Speaking about the scrapping of celebrity guests, he added:. "Gone are the cameos of season one, also headed to the rubbish pile are the head to head races of the Celebrity Face Off. In their place are, nothing.
"We’ve ditched the guests because they weren’t that popular. And we realized we could spend more time on the films if we ditched the guests. So the guests got the bullet, I’m afraid."
Do our three heroes escape unscathed in season 3?
The trio have a terribly unlucky track record for illness and terrifying injuries in season 1 and 2 with broken arms, pneumonia and Richard Hammond's talent for crashing vehicles.
However, James May insists that they all got out of season 3 in one piece and in good health.
"I hadn’t really thought about that until today, but there’s been no serious illness, no serious injury. I mean, one or two bruises and a cut finger, but yeah. We’ve finally worked out how to do this without knackering ourselves," May told Wheels. "It’s brilliant. It only took us 17 years."
Watch Grand Tour… play Grand Tour?
Amazon has announced a spinoff computer game for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The game will allow fans to check out the cars and famous locations used in the show and test out their own driving skills in the Eboladrome test track.
The Grand Tour Game takes you seamlessly between watching the show and then taking part in it - no loading, no buffering - you’re straight into the hot seat as Clarkson, Hammond or May. Watch as May struggles to work out the difference between reality and the game in the first sneak-peek…
Will there be a season 4?
Don't believe the rumours - Clarkson, Hammond and May will be revving up their engines again for The Grand Tour - but things may look slightly different for season 4.
The tent will be ditched and the boys are heading out to film a series of road trip specials instead. The trio have also signed a deal with Prime Video to create their own individual shows, based on personal interests.
"We’re proud to say that Prime Video will continue to be the home for Jeremy, Richard and James," Amazon Prime Video's Jay Marine said.
"They’ve got some ambitious new ideas that Prime members are going to love. We’re excited to be bringing more Clarkson, Hammond and May to Prime Video for years to come."
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