The Grand Tour: Richard Hammond on meeting for new series
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The latest Prime Video special saw Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May set off on a Scandinavia road trip. Speaking to Express.co.uk and other press, Richard looked to the future of The Grand Tour as he revealed the “sad truth” about picking locations for upcoming specials.
The former Top Gear host was asked where he would love to go next with his fellow presenters.
He replied: “We’re always casting around but it becomes increasingly difficult looking at the world, obviously because a lot of it is at war or inaccessible and that’s the sad truth.
“I don’t know we’re always looking. I love our adventures I’ve been so lucky to get to do it.
“I’m just an idiot little bloke from Birmingham who 20 years ago was given the chance and I’m pretty grateful.”
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“But everywhere we’ve been, it’s a great way to do it,” Richard continued.
“To make a show that tries at least to take people with us is a great way to get to see these places.
“And, to know that you’ve got around you, the best bunch of people in the world for bringing that place to life and sharing it with a viewer on screen is really great.”
Elsewhere, Richard opened up on his excitement at The Grand Tour returning to what it does best – road trips.
The Grand Tour Presents: A Scandi Flick trailer from Amazon
Talking about the latest special, he said: “I think it benefited from, ‘Yay, we can go away on a plane and do stuff together,’ which is what we do.
“It means we can get to exercise our magnificent crew. And they are, it’s just ridiculous. Right from the start on Top Gear, the quality of production, cinematography, and vision. It’s astonishing.
“And it’s great to be able to go somewhere difficult where not many people could operate, but they can, and they deliver to [Andy] Wilman –the master storyteller –the best rushes possible so he can then do what he does with his editors and pull the best shots to tell the story in the best possible way.
“The other thing I’d like to stress is that I liked the two [lockdown] shows we did in London, and they were great because they were stripped back to basics.”
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“We all remembered, ‘Wait a minute, this is a show about three middle-aged boys who love cars, and we can play to that a bit.’ We’ve put a bit of that into this one,” he continued.
“We’ve reminded ourselves, and we’re saying to the world, ‘Look, you don’t have to be a car nerd to watch this show, because we do that for you.’
“When people watch shows about baking cakes or throwing pots, they don’t necessarily bake every day or have a potter’s wheel in their garage, but they like watching somebody who’s really into something.
“We want to retain that at the heart of our show –and we did it in this, and that’s great. It’s stronger for it.”
Originally the idea for the special involved visiting Russia but Richard revealed the show turned out “better” due to the location change.
“We sort of revelled in the landscape more,” Richard said. “We know that part of the world, we’ve filmed there before, so to connect those places up was great.
“Scandinavia is one of those places we’ve returned to many times over the years, like South Africa, Australia, and bits of Germany. Some places that just “get” us, and always have.”
The Grand Tour Presents: A Scandi Flick is available to stream on Prime Video.
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