As you read from the headline, James May’s second series of his popular travel show, Our Man In… has been cancelled. Specifically, the USA part of the show. Due to the pandemic heavily restricting travel from the UK to the USA, The Grand Tour presenter will in fact be heading somewhere else: Italy!
This is what the guys and gals at Amazon had to say in all of their pun-filled glory:
James May: Our Man in the USA Italy will be produced by Plum Pictures and New Entity and will launch exclusively on Prime Video in over 240 countries and territories
In this series, James May will travel the length and breadth of Italy, from the sun-kissed shores of Sicily to the snow-capped mountains of the Alps. It’s one of his favourite countries in the world – a place bursting with style, beautiful cars, Nutella, and over two millennia of culture.
It’s also a land of contradictions, simultaneously at the cutting edge – of science, of fashion, of engineering –and yet its crumbling infrastructure, endemic corruption, and eye-watering public debt all describe, on paper, a country and society that seems on the cusp of failure. ‘It reminds me of a Garibaldi biscuit,’ says James, ‘it shouldn’t work and yet somehow it’s a triumph.’
Indeed, from an outsiders’ perspective, it seems like Italians have life pretty much sussed. Work never trumps family; a fine wine is never rushed. But is this the truth or just an outdated, Romantic stereotype? James is on a mission to discover the Italy of the 21st century and find out what it truly means to be Italian.
If you want a Pisa the action, tune into James May: Our Man in Italy next year.