As the third season of The Grand Tour came to and end, we not only said goodbye to car reviews and news segments, but we also said a fond farewell to the tent and its studio audience. This was truly the end of an era.
“In all of the years we’ve worked together, every single time one of us fell over, there was never any sympathy, we just burst into laughter straight away.”
The episode structure swiftly moved to that of a special episode with each one having a story or a focus behind it whether it be American cars, French cars, or the disastrous roads of Madagascar. But these didn’t quite hit the same way with fans, so as The Grand Tour begins planning yet another special, we asked fans whether they’d want the old episode formats to return.
We took two polls asking this very question, and it’s very clear what fans are after.
Over on our YouTube community page, almost 3,000 people voted, with 60% of them wanting the original format to return.
“I know that Hammond and James might not like to return to such a format but to do at least 10% of any given season to a tent episode would be a blast.”
“Don’t get me wrong I love the specials you got to keep them up too but I really miss the show.”
“The specials are amazing but the recaps are also really funny. They should start a podcast called ‘conversation street’ and just talk shit once a week.”
“Do both. 2 specials and a 6 episode series each year.”
We also ran the same poll on our Instagram account which garnered an overwhelming response of 88% wanting the old format to return of 3,714 people who had seen the story.
Richard Hammond has recently revealed that a new episode of The Grand Tour will be coming:
“We’ve already filmed one – we’re not long back from that,” he said referencing the Arctic Circle special.
“We’re ready to go off and do another, and they are huge missions to go and do,” he said.
“Lockdown was a bit tricky for that, but I think the great thing is I’ve managed to keep busy with other stuff, and we’ll continue to do that.
“The joy for me 30 odd years into a broadcasting career, I’m able to do shows at all ends of the spectrum whether being massively costly, complicated, big ones or smaller, quicker, more light and nimble. So they’re all great fun to make.
“I’ve been lucky enough to sort of cherry pick and do the shows I really want to do. So you’ll never see me there doing something I’m not really engaged in. They’re all things I want to make.”