The next episode of the Grand Tour may require a bit of a wait, but it won't be forever. Following the release of The Grand Tour Presents: A Massive Hunt in December 2020, the next episode of the car show hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond will take you to Scotland, in an episode that finished filming in early 2020.
The next Amazon Prime Video special was supposed to be filmed in Russia, but this year of pandemic has obviously made that incredibly difficult. It's been confirmed that you'll see episodes filmed a bit closer to the British hosts' homes for now, but fans of the automotive series surely won't mind a change in location if it means special news is coming up a bit quicker. . .
We know fans of the trio's antics will be curious about what's in store for them in the future, so we've rounded up below. everything we know about the next episode of The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime Video below.
The Next Episode of the Grand Tour: Release Date
It is the biggest unknown of the Grand Tour: With a year-long wait between the final two episodes of The Grand Tour Presents, Seamen and Massive Hunt, it's unclear when we'll see another episode of the series. It really is in the hands of Amazon Prime Video.
But you probably won't have to wait for the pandemic to end - the next episode has already been filmed.
Plans to shoot an episode in Russia have been put on hold due to the pandemic (see below), so another special was filmed in Scotland nine days earlier in 2020, which probably means that we will see the next episode of The Grand Tour presented in 2021. Here is a photo from Jeremy Clarkson's Instagram account during filming:
"We did it in an uncrowded area of Scotland," co-host James May told BT. "We don't really interact with the facilities. There were complicated systems to clean everything and it was a bit tiring to go through many procedures and be tested every day, but it didn't bother us."
The presenters were unable to go to the pub after the episode was filmed, which had to be a challenge.
While it may be a long wait before the trio and their team can travel to more exotic locations, the intention is to continue making episodes in places where it's easier to succeed. "In the short term, we may have to scale back our travel ambitions and have more scope to do so," May says. "It's better to shoot in the UK and deliver regularly than to promise the land and deliver nothing. The Grand Tour could become a bit more national. But it will still be the three of us that are important and the cars.”
It bodes well for the future, and who knows, maybe we'll start to see episodes land more than once a year.
The Grand Tour Presents Scotland Episode: What We Know
In order to film the next stage in Scotland during the pandemic, the crew formed a bubble and no one caught Covid-19 during filming. The hosts were reported to have been seen driving classic American cars from Edinburgh to the Hebrides, suggesting some sort of Route 66-type road trip element.
Clarkson was seen driving a blue Lincoln, May driving a red Cadillac, and Hammond in a green Buick. The trio also took part in a drag race on a track somewhere in the south of Scotland, for which the aforementioned cars were apparently modified and were seen towing caravans at one point.
May says it doesn't matter much to be a little closer to home for the hosts; after all, Amazon Prime Video viewers could watch it from anywhere. "If you watch The Grand Tour of Sri Lanka, Scotland is as exotic and beautiful as Sri Lanka comes from Scotland, so there will always be a large part of the audience that will find it fascinating all over the world."
Well, anything that allows the hosts to film new episodes faster seems like a good thing.
The Grand Tour presents the Russia special: what we know
Yes the next special will land later this year, yes it will be shot in Madagascar and yes there will be cars. Yes, we wanted to go to Russia, no, we couldn't (we all know why). We will try again. No, we don't know when. Yes, we will keep you informed. #TheGrandTourJuly 7, 2020
The next scheduled episode of The Grand Tour Presents was supposed to take the hosts to Russia, that's still the idea, one day. It was just postponed for now due to the pandemic. James May says a lot of preparation has been done for this stage, but "it's just not possible at the moment".