The Grand Tour: A Massive Hunt will be launched on Amazon Prime Video on December 18. Fans of the show, however, may be wondering if the episode is really a “reality” as claimed or if it is based on a script. Presenter Jeremy Clarkson set things straight and shuts down rumors in a recent interview with the media.
Is The Grand Tour scripted?
The Grand Tour motoring show has grown a massive fan base ever since it started in 2016. Fellow former Top Gear presenters Richard Hammond and James May join Clarkson in the automotive show. The hosts have driven cars all over the globe over the span of several seasons.
The special episode coming next, named A Massive Hunt, sees them head to Madagascar and Réunion on their new adventure and a quest for a mysterious pirate treasure. The team sets out on a mysterious treasure hunt after driving their modified sports cars on the world’s longest ring road in Réunion.
The trio deals with the rough terrain, unpredictable weather, and plenty of arguments between themselves as they travel across Madagascar. Some viewers, however, may be wondering how much of the program is scripted and how much the hosts’ show are real.
Clarkson opened up to the media about the speculations ahead of the launch of the new episode. When asked if there were scenarios that were scripted, Clarkson quickly refuted the speculations.
“Well, we don’t script these. The problem is everyone under the age of 40 uses the word script wrongly. They don’t write a script. What you do is you set a scene up in your head, and then you film whatever happens.
“So it’s not scripted, we never do anything scripted anymore. It’s just ‘Right, this is where we’re going to be, this is what we are trying to achieve in this scene.’ But there are no ‘I’ll say this, you say that, you say this and then you go there.’
“I mean that’s drama, we don’t do drama. What’s it called? Scripted reality? But that’s not it either, it’s actually reality.
And there are a good amount of tense scenes for the stars, as audiences can watch in the new special. Clarkson went on to describe how stunning Madagascar was despite its ruggedness and the poverty surrounding it.
Clarkson continued to share his experience in Madagascar:
“That road was phenomenally grueling. Of course, the backdrop is not grueling at all because it was deserted white beaches, turquoise seas, and jungle all around us, overflowing with fruits and things to eat.
“It wasn’t the North Pole, it wasn’t a dessert but the going was really spectacularly tough. And I think every car fan will look and think how on earth could those sweet cars possibly have kept going in the way that they did,” Clarkson ended.
The Grand Tour: A Massive Hunt streams on Amazon Prime Video on December 18.