Thursday 8 December 2016

Clarkson's first audience segments for new show hit by late flight

Published 14/07/2016 | 17:31

The Grand Tour with James May, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson is due to air in autumn.
The Grand Tour with James May, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson is due to air in autumn.

Jeremy Clarkson's new Amazon show The Grand Tour has been temporarily grounded as his flight to South Africa to film faced long delays.

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Clarkson took to Twitter to ask if fans could provide him with a plane as his scheduled flight was struck with a 12-hour wait.

He is heading to Johannesburg to film the f irst studio recording for the show, which also stars Richard Hammond and James May.

The pre-recorded studio segments will be filmed in a large tent in front of a live audience in locations around the world.

Clarkson tweeted: " Dear @British_Airways When you delay a flight by 12 hours - 12 - do you have any idea how much inconvenience that causes?"

The former Top Gear presenter added: "People of South Africa. We still want to do our first show there, But, has anyone got a plane?"

The airline replied: " We're so sorry, Jeremy, we understand the stress it causes. We can see our colleagues at the airport are helping you."

Clarkson wrote back: "Please help as much as you can. We've been working on this show for a whole year."

The Grand Tour will launch on Amazon Prime this autumn.

The show's Facebook page shows the trio have already filmed in Portugal, Germany, Barbados and North Africa.

Clarkson was suspended and then later fired by the BBC last year after a "fracas" that saw him punch Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon.

His co-presenters Hammond and May quit the show shortly after.

Clarkson was replaced on the show by radio DJ Chris Evans, who stood down after just one series at the helm.

Three hours later, Clarkson said he was on his way to Johannesburg after the airline found a plane.

He tweeted: "Good news. Some clever bods at @British_Airways have found a plane that works and we are on our way."

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