Legal Limitations The Grand Tour Have to Not Get Sued by the BBC

In an interview yesterday, TGT Executive Producer, Andy Wilman broke down some fun stories behind the scenes of the much anticipating Amazon motoring show. The part most interesting is the amount of rules Amazon lawyers have put into place to avoid getting sued by the BBC, owners of the Top Gear property.

First, imagine the absolute worst and you’re probably going to be right. Let’s get started in no particular order of absurdity.

Nothing is Beautiful

“They got funnier and funnier. We went to Namibia to make a big film,” Wilman explained. “The lawyers got out a film we had done [forTop Gear] in Botswana. The lawyers go through everything and they said, ‘There’s a scene in [Top Gear] where you’re in the middle of the Okavango and you go, “This scenery is beautiful”, so watch that you don’t do that.'”

“So we were in the desert in Namibia and we had to go, “for legal reasons, this scenery is shit’,” Wilman said.

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The Stig is Left Behind

The Stig stays with the BBC
The Stig stays with the BBC

Again, the lawyers at Amazon wanted to avoid any reasons for the BBC lawyers to sue, so there will be no race car driver setting lap times . . . why, because of the next limitation:

No More Racetrack – No more Chicago, Hammerhead, or Gambon

Top Gear Test Track

For cock’s sake, this is one of the most ridiculous things the suits are asking from the team. The power laps were one of the staples of the show and a lot of amazing testing went on that track. My guess is that the lawyers are playing it safe now and will probably incorporate more famous racetracks into the show as they check their mailboxes for any cease & desists.

No More Reasonably Priced Car Challenges

Obviously one of the most popular segments of the show, the Reasonably Priced Car celebrity challenge is going to be the one thing I miss the most. There’s nothing like fear and competition to show you what these celebrities are made of and most of the times, it’s just great television.

No More Handwritten Times for the Leaderboard

Andy Wilman says that there will be a leaderboard that travels with the GT Tent around the world, but the lawyers have asked that they no longer be handwritten times to avoid the look established at Top Gear.

No Handwritten Times, Richard!
No Handwritten Times, Richard!

The Use of C*ck by James May

Wilman talked about how the lawyers even brought up the use of the now infamous word because of how much James May used it on Top Gear. The verdict is still out and we’ll just have to wait and see if May whips it out.

The fellows definitely have their hands full (or empty) with these restrictions, but I think most fans can agree with me that it’s the chemistry between the Clarkson, Hammond & May that make the show what it is.

What are you going to miss the most?

Full Andy Wilman Interview

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