- The travelling tent lands on the quayside in Whitby, England.
- Clarkson, Hammond and May go on an Italian Grand Tour in an Aston Martin DB11, a Rolls-Royce Dawn and a Dodge Challenger Hellcat.
- Jeremy faces the consequences of a foolish bet.
The tent is on the quayside of Whitby harbour in North Yorkshire.
The presenters go “Grand Touring” in Italy with May in the Rolls-Royce Dawn, Clarkson in the Aston Martin DB11 and Hammond in the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Clarkson and May’s tour starts at the Palio di Siena horse race, before viewing The Birth of Venus painting at Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Clarkson and Hammond race each other the Mugello Circuit.
In the tent the presenters discuss Whitby jet.
Returning to Italy, Hammond visits the Lamborghini Museum whilst Clarkson and May watch Carmen staged at the Verona Arena, in the Piazza Bra. The tour continues via the Piazza dei Signori, Vicenza and ends up in the Venetian Lagoon.
Simon Pegg “falls to his death” from Whitby Swing Bridge. Clarkson presents his take on automated vehicles.
Fulfilling their bet from episode one, Hammond and May destroy Clarkson’s house at Diddly Squat Farm in Chadlington, Oxfordshire.
0:02:25 – Jeremy’s family proudly comes from Tickhill near Doncaster.
0:03:06 – Yorkshire did have one car maker of note. They were called Jowett, they were based in Bradford and they went out of business in 1954.
0:03:06 – The BBC sit-com Last Of The Summer Wine ran from 1973 until 2010, although it felt like a lot longer.
0:03:51 – Magaluf is a resort on the Spanish island of Majorca. It is where a lot of young British people go to compare notes on interests such as drinking, dancing and casual sex.
0:04:40 – The Palio di Siena is a bareback horse race around the Piazza del Campo held twice a year to honour the Virgin mary. Palio is also the name of a Fiat.
0:05:09 – The Rolls-Royce Dawn has a 6.6-litre twin turbo V12 engine with 563bhp, 0-62 in 4.9 seconds, and a top speed of 155mph (limited).
0:05:17 – The Aston Martin DB11 has a 5.2-litre twin turbo V12 engine with 600bhp, 0-62 in 3.9 seconds, and a top speed of 200mph.
0:05:36 – The official name of this colour is actually Cinnabar Orange. Other colours available on the DB11 include Silver Fox, Yellow Tang, Silver Blonde and Hardly Green. We’re not making this up.
0:06:38 – The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine with 707bhp, 0-62 in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 199mph.
0:08:18 – As on all modern Rolls-Royces, the Dawn’s Spirit of Ecstasy’s radiator mascot electrically retracts. This stops people stealing it when you’re parked and means if you run over someone, it won’t stab them in the kidney.
0:10:46 – The very British Rolls-Royce Motor Car company was bought by the very German BMW in 1998.
0:15:00 – The painting Jeremy and James are looking at is The Birth Of Venus by Sandro Botticelli. Or, as Hammond would call it, That Nudey Lady Standing In A Shell.
0:17:39 – Jeremy is talking about the classic, metal-toothed Bond baddie Jaws played by Richard Kiel. He appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me, where he pulled the roof off a van, and Moonraker, where he smashed through a building in a cable car and then disappeared off into space with a lady.
0:21:47 – Sometimes on The Grand Tour the director eventually has to tell the presenters that play time is over, otherwise they’d be out there all day.
0:24:59 – Richard Hammond went to art college. Not that you’d know.
0:28:53 – A Kilkenny cat is an Irish expression used to describe something that fights with pluck and tenacity. No one knows where it comes from. Well, it comes from Kilkenny in Ireland, but it’s not entirely clear why.
0:30:33 – Oxford is British university city. It’s near where Jeremy lives, which is why he knows an abnormal amount about its ring road.
0:35:02 – Rolls-Royce claims the Dawn is ‘the sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built’. Mmm.
0:37:21 – The 6.2-litre, V8-powered, 707 horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat has an eco mode.
0:38:25 – The Hellcat engine is so powerful that during its development Dodge had to upgrade their engine test rigs or they would have been torn to pieces.
0:40:40 – Carman turns out to be an opera written by Georges Bizet and first performed in 1875. Despite the title, it contains almost no mention of crankshafts, bore spacing or double wishbone suspension systems.
0:41:23 – The DB11 is the first Aston Martin with a quiet start system. Press the starter button to fire the engine into full theatrical mode. Press and hold the starter button if it’s 7am and you don’t want your neighbours to hate you.
0:44:54 – How many people in this crowd? We don’t know but Jeremy estimated it at ’47 billion’.
0:48:35 – Hammond’s very subtle speedboat is an 800 horsepower C237 SUNUS racing boat. It can do 115mph. Or just zoom around in circles with an idiot in it.
0:49:09 – Jeremy claims he nearly drowned in Venice.
0:54:37 – “It’ll go t’ foot of our stairs” – An old Yorkshire expression of surprise and amazement based around taking a trip to the base of a staircase.
0:56:52 – Bats are highly protected in the UK. Unlike rats.
0:57:25 – James May really is very unkeen on heights. Other things James doesn’t like; formal clothes, the Nurburgring, people who say ‘myself’ when they mean ‘me’.