The presenters make a lot of this “giant tent” in the PR announcing the show’s name, so it can quite possibly be seen as a troll of the BBC, the owner of the Top Gear format. The Corporation decided not to renew Clarkson’s contract last year, after investigating an “unprovoked physical attack” on a Top Gear producer by Clarkson.
The new Top Gear Grand Tour will be screened to Amazon Prime customers, starting this fall. Amazon will clearly be hoping to pick up some of the millions of viewers who tuned in to watch Top Gear when it was anchored by Clarkson to drive (pun intended) uptake of its Amazon Prime paid subscription.
The last episode of Top Gear with Clarkson & co. presenting drew some 5.3 million viewers.
The famous former Top Gear presenter trio: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, who last summer signed to Amazon’s Prime video streaming platform to make a new car show to be screened on its platform this year, have revealed what it’s going to be called — and it’s The Grand Tour.