It’s finally here! The trailer for Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May’s new show ‘The Grand Tour’ is out and it’s everything you wanted it to be. A continuation of the Top Gear, basically.
No matter what your personal opinions of the trio are (specifically Clarkson who irks a lot of people. Punches them too…*awkward cough*…) I think most can agree that people didn’t watch Top Gear for the cars. Not really anyway, they watched it for the presenters. The three friends have a fantastic relationship with each other on screen. Yes some of the jokes were a little forced and sometimes every felt far too scripted but at the end of the day it was a show about three mates bickering with each other.
The BBC learnt this the hard way when they re-launched Top Gear earlier this year with a new line up of hosts. Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid were enjoyable and received praise while Sabine Schmitz was alright. However Eddie Jordan was useless and Chris Evans was down right awful. Evans and LeBlanc had no chemistry together as the main duo and presenting plans had to be shifted mid season to focus less on Evans and more on Reid and Harris.
The other problem ‘new’ Top Gear had is that it didn’t try and be ‘new’ Top Gear. It wanted to be the old show, but without the main appeal of Clarkson, Hammond and May. The Stig was the same, the jokes were the same and the challenges were the same. There’s still hope for it though, especially now Evans has departed from the project but the next season will have to be amazing to keep fans happy. Reinvention is the name of their game.
It’s not a problem that The Grand Tour will have so much. People, for the most part want a continuation of the old Top Gear from the old Top Gear team. Yes they should absolutely freshen things up and try new things, but the only real risk they have is being on Amazon Prime rather than the far more accessible BBC.
Will The Gran Tour live up to it’s predecessor? We’ll have to wait until November 18th to find out.