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The Grand Tour trailer – camels, tanks and everything else we learned about Jeremy Clarkson's new show

Alice Vincent and Helena Horton

Published 07/10/2016 | 11:52

The Grand Tour will air on Amazon Prime in November
The Grand Tour will air on Amazon Prime in November
One of the exotic locations on The Grand Tour
A more unorthodox method of transport...
'Looking good is more important than looking where you're going'
'We've only had one minor fire'
In the opening episode, the trio will compare three of the latest hybrid hypercars: the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder

The first full-length trailer for The Grand Tour has been released, and promises an explosive caper around four continents in Amazon's answer to Top Gear. The 12-episode series begins on November 18.

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The idea for the programme came about after Jeremy Clarkson was fired from Top Gear last year, following a "fracas" with a producer. He was followed by fellow Top Gear presenters May and Hammond, along with the show's executive producer Andy Wilman.

However, he has since explained that he and his co-stars are glad to be moving on to a new series: “Now we're looking at losing Top Gear as a fantastic thing to happen,” he said earlier this year.

According to executive producer Andy Wilman, the team have signed a deal committing them to 12 shows of The Grand Tour every year for three years.

Tanks are involved...

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The trailer shows that Richard Hammond, James May and Jeremy Clarkson really are undertaking a tour by air, land and sea. Along with jet skis and helicopters, there's also a tank involved – and one that appears to blow up a moving van, for reasons that we hope will come clear once the series launches.

... but so are animals

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Certain producers may have changed the showbiz mantra of "never work with animals and children" to "never work with Jeremy Clarkson, animals and children", but at least two of the three appear to be involved in The Grand Tour.

In a twist on the Top Gear tradition of racing in novelty vehicles, the trailer shows camels and what appears to be a golf buggy camouflaged in foliage racing past.

We've already heard that The Grand Tour will see the troublesome trio jumping in three-wheeled Reliants, but four-legged mammals is quite another prospect.

James May has broken his arm

Captain Slow must have been moving somewhere at some pace, as he's fractured his arm, much to the amusement of Hammond and Clarkson. The Top Gear-style banter starts here.

They haven't scrimped when it comes to cars

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Those eagerly watching The Grand Tour's progress will know that the first episode will compare the expensive – and elusive – hypercars Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder (something the BBC tried and failed to achieve after the three manufacturers refused to be put in  a back-to-back test), but there's sneak preview footage of them in action here.

All three cars are limited-run models capable of more that 200mph, but the Ferrari is the most expensive, at £1.15 million. The McLaren costs £866,000, while the Porsche is "just" £625,000.

But there's more where that came from: the trailer also feature an Aston Martin Vulcan, an Alfa Romeo 4C Spider and the latest Mazda MX-5 Miata.

It really is a grand tour

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The trailer suggests the show's producers have made good on the threat listed in The Grand Tour's Twitter profile: it could get expensive.

Hammond, May and Clarkson are taking on four continents and the locations look worthy of blockbuster films: sphinxes from Egypt, crowds of people in Italian town squares, a tundra worthy of Mad Max, dreamy fields of sunflowers that could hail from any sun-kissed European field – and an expanse of deep blue sea that looks like a scene from All Is Lost (presumably the trio don't wind up the same way as Robert Redford's character).

As Clarkson explains in the trailer: "we're going on a road trip in very exotic cars".

There is no shortage of jokes

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In the trailer, at least, Hammond, May and Clarkson are clearly delighted to be back together – and there's a good chunk of scripted humour in there too, such as the moment when Clarkson spoofs Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me in a white suit.

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