Can you believe it’s been almost four years since The Grand Tour began? In that time we’ve seen three full seasons consisting of 38 episodes plus a special episode called The Grand Tour Presents: Seamen. Unfortunately we’re having to wait a very long time to see the latest episode which is set in Madagascar, so while we wait (not so) patiently, let’s discuss our favourite episodes from each season, starting with the first.
The Grand Tour Season 1 received a mixed reception while Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May decided exactly what they wanted the show to be. But while there were some bits we weren’t too fond of, like Celebrity Brain Crash, for example, there were episodes that made our hatred for that dissipate.
The Grand Tour Season 1 Episode 1: The Holy Trinity
Start with a bang, why don’t you. The first episode illustrated the leaving of the BBC and moving to the American-owned Amazon Prime Video, and they weren’t exactly frugal with the budget. The first ten minutes obliterates your senses with cars, music, and lights, and before long, we’re gifted with the three cars we’ve been waiting for since the days of Top Gear – the Holy Trinity.
What a way to begin.
The Beach (Buggy) Boys Special
Despite the first episode being simply incredible, the Beach (Buggy) Boys special episodes are top of the list for me. In a way that harked back to the specials of Top Gear, the producer sent them the challenge of customising a beach buggy before driving it 1,000 miles around Namibia’s coastline.
May tricks his out in a ’60s style, Clarkson (as usual) whacks a great V8 in the back of his for pure power, and Hammond fits rally suspension and off-road tyres.
These two episodes that make up the special are as funny as you’d expect from these three, while having a solid story running through it, all while maintaining the Top Gear nostalgia I think we needed at this point of the season.