Sunday 4 December 2016

Jeremy Clarkson's new Amazon show heads to South Africa

Published 02/06/2016 | 11:06

The former Top Gear trio will head to South Africa
The former Top Gear trio will head to South Africa

Fans in Johannesburg will get the first glimpse of Jeremy Clarkson's new Amazon Prime motoring show The Grand Tour.

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The first studio recording for the show, which also stars Richard Hammond and James May, will take place in South Africa in July, the streaming service announced.

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

Fans can compete to win tickets to the taping, as well as travel and accommodation, by sharing a photo or video of the most unusual place they have pitched a tent in the hopes of giving the stars inspiration of where else to take their tent.

The top 10 entries shared by June 8 with the hashtag #TheGrandTourJoburg will be shortlisted by Amazon before Clarkson, Hammond and May select the final three winners.

Jay Marine, vice president of Amazon Video Europe, said: " We love that Jeremy, Richard and James are touring the studio recordings of The Grand Tour, bringing this Amazon Prime show to fans around the world.

"Given the popularity of Jeremy, Richard and James in South Africa, Johannesburg is a fantastic place to start. We're excited to give fans the opportunity to be part of the first ever live studio audience for The Grand Tour."

Tickets for recordings in other countries will be released through prize draws this summer before the show 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.

Former Top Gear presenter 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 was joined by former Friends actor Matt LeBlanc and an extensive cast of co-presenters.

The news series made its debut on Sunday to more than four million viewers and mixed reviews.

May joked on Twitter: "Here we go. Chosen by Richard Hammond, who's run out of biltong."

With one excited South African fan asking if the news was "for real", Hammond suggested a braai - Afrikaans for barbecue.

"Yes, for real. We'll have to have a Bra, a Bray, a, oh you know, a South African barbecue," he wrote.

Clarkson tweeted: "So there we are. First stop on our Grand Tour is Johannesburg. Mid July. Details on how to get tickets follow shortly."

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