So The Grand Tour is back with Season 5 officially being filmed as we speak. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May were each spotted alongside a film crew in Wales, and later England with three French cars, all before the recently filmed Scotland Special has been released.
But There Are Only Two Episodes In Season 4?
This is where it gets a bit strange. With the change in structure from a number of episodes per season to only a couple of special episodes a year, the lines between seasons are getting pretty hazy. In reality, there are no more seasons, with each special episode belonging entirely to itself. But The Grand Tour has always been contracted to a season per year, and with COVID getting in the way of the car show and pushing the release of the Madagascar Special further back, Season 4 was unfortunately spread over two years instead of one.
The Scotland Special episode, which is due later this year (I write as I cross my fingers), marks the start of Season 5. The upcoming episode, which is being filmed now, is the second half of that.
Although really, seasons of The Grand Tour don’t mean much anymore…
What Happened In Scotland?
Filming began in Scotland late last year after the release of the Madagascar Special, ‘A Massive Hunt’. It didn’t take long, maybe a week or so, and Clarkson revealed that the editing for the episode would only take “three months”.
The Grand Tour team began their journey in Edinburgh, where from there, driving three classic American cars, they made their way slowly to the Outer Hebrides islands. James May is driving a red Cadillac, Richard is driving a green Buick, and Jeremy has a blue Lincoln. Along the way, they modified each of their cars, drag raced them, and were spotted towing three separate caravans, and even drove another set of classic muscle cars.
You can find out more about the 60-minute episode by clicking the big button below:
What We Know So Far About The England Special / Most Recent Filming
Filming started on April 23 in Crickhowell, south Powys, Wales with Richard Hammond being filmed in a Renault Scenic. Surrounded by cameramen and the public, he continued to push a Citroen Saxo out of the way so he could make space for him to park on the side of the road.
It’s very obviously staged, but despite this, someone who saw the video on Twitter alerted the police to what was going on, who responded with the following:
“Hi Philip, thanks for getting in touch. We are aware of some filming happening in and around this area at the moment, but thanks for letting us know.”
Later on, Clarkson was seen in Wales near the Metropole Hotel where they were known to be staying driving a Citroen CX.
Clarkson, Hammond, and May were seen a day later in Leamington Spa, England, and the surrounding area. Richard Hammond is seen driving a Talbot-Matra Murena sports car, and James May a Renault Avantime MPV. Reports state that they disrupted the local area, added to the traffic on the roads, and received complaints because of this.
Jeremy Clarkson Swaps Cars To Mike Brewer’s Citron SM
— Mike Brewer (@mikebrewer) April 27, 2021
James was seen watching them while wearing a bright orange puffer jacket.
The 3 stars of the popular motoring show, The Grand Tour, were spotted driving around Beachy Head, #Eastbourne this afternoon. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May were snapped by Jacek Wyszynski Photography today, during filming for the series in the area. #GrandTour pic.twitter.com/JHtRF0iN5f
— Sussex Incidents – Breaking News for Sussex (@SussexIncidents) April 27, 2021
We don’t know what’s happening here, but with the trio being followed by a large film crew, including a helicopter, we’re expecting a large production as they drive their cars through the beautiful English countryside.