Good news! Those who were worried about The Grand Tour being cancelled after Series 3 can now breathe easy. Amazon has now confirmed that there will indeed be a Series 4 of the hit show, albeit with one substantial change.
The Grand Tour Series 4 will be leaving the tent behind, and instead focus on the epic road trips which have always been a popular part of the show – even back in the trio’s Top Gear days.
In an update posted across their social media channels, The Grand Tour said: “We’re excited to announce that we have renewed The Grand Tour for season 4, and proud that Prime Video will continue to be the home for Jeremy, Richard and James for years to come.”
“Season four will see the guys ditch the tent to take on big adventure road trips that we know Prime members love,” they added.
The original idea for The Grand Tour tent was that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May would travel around the world with it exactly as they did in Series 1 – but this idea proved to be a logistical nightmare. For Series 2 and the soon to be released Series 3, the tent remained stationary in Oxfordshire for the entire duration of filming – but it now seems that Amazon have gone one step further and deemed it unnecessary for the show’s future success.
The Grand Tour’s tent takes up to eight days to erect (insert Clarkson joke here) and requires over 100 crew members to set up and run it. The massive structure is made up of 723 individual parts, including rather strangely, one fake parrot. To make it easier to freight, no single part can be more than 13 feet – otherwise it wouldn’t fit inside a standard air freight crate.
This 13 feet rule applies not only to the studio tent but also to the small tented village that surrounds it, which houses technical equipment, catering, a production office and somewhere for the presenters to get changed. For no readily apparent reason, these support tents are fabricated from a Nato-spec material that makes them invisible to radar – but not the main tent.
Afterwards, it takes an additional three days to dismantle it with care and precision – which actually explains why The Grand Tour needed two identical tents. So that while one was being used for filming, the other was already being set up in the next location.
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