Jeremy Clarkson

Amazon gives UK telly fans a Christmas treat

All Amazon UK customers have the chance to watch the first episode of its big budget car show The Grand Tour for free, between now and midnight on Boxing Day (26th December 2016).

The streaming giant has also made available the first episodes of a number of other Amazon Originals shows, including The Man in the High Castle, Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Just Add Magic, Wishenproof, Creative Galaxy and Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street.

Top Gear's Rory Reid: from mega-fan to superstar

Top Gear, Chris Evans, Matt le Blanc,

“There’s a stretch of time from mid-November where I’ll be away for weeks at a time” he says.

I am meeting Rory in the upstairs bar of a pub just around the corner from the BBC in central London.

As I arrive Reid is just polishing off his lunch in the otherwise empty bar. He’s friendly, relaxed, and nothing at all like his famously starving predecessor Jeremy Clarkson.

Reid is one of the main presenters of the BBC’s new and improved Top Gear line up, joining Friends star Matt le Blanc and motoring journalist Chris Harris.

Amazon's online drive for audiences

The Grand Tour (Credit: Amazon)

It’s rare for Yorkshire town Whitby to make the national press – unless, of course, there’s been a flood – but wherever Jeremy Clarkson goes, the world follows. Amazon’s impending launch of The Grand Tour is one of the most globally anticipated series of all time.

Jay Marine, vice-president of Amazon Prime Video Europe, says: “It is a huge TV moment, not only for us but for UK TV generally.”

Matt LeBlanc confirms Top Gear hosting duties in two-series deal

Top Gear was relaunched in May this year with LeBlanc and Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans fronting the broadcaster's flagship motoring show. The pair were supported by motorsport boss Eddie Jordan, champion driver Sabine Schmitz, and journalists Chris Harris and Rory Reid over the series' six-week run.

Amazon's The Grand Tour arrives in November

Grand Tour, Clarkson

In a new trailer, Amazon announced that the much-anticipated series will be hitting screens around the world on 18 November 2016.

Unusually for Amazon series, the show will be released in weekly episodes for 12 weeks, rather than all at once.

Producer Andy Wilman said at last month’s Edinburgh International Television Festival that he felt the series would suit a weekly release as it was not binge-watch television.

 

Clarkson & co release first photos from Amazon's The Grand Tour

The photos were released in a series of tweets by the show's presenters and on The Grand Tour Twitter account and show the three stars recording the first of their shows in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

The show is recorded in a large tent that, along with the presenters and crew, will travel to locations across the world including Europe and America. 

 

Netflix announces new Top Gear deal

Top Gear, Chris Evans, Matt le Blanc,

The SVOD platform already shows older series of BBC Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson.

The details of the deal remain vague, however Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos told Buzzfeed News that the show will “fall under the same deals” of international distribution as the existing Top Gear, adding that the deal will be “multi-territory for sure.”