We’re halfway through Season 4 of The Grand Tour so far, with one more special episode remaining for this year with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May holding strong. Since the beginning of Season 4, The Grand Tour has massively changed its format, ridding itself of the tent and audience, and instead focussing on long special episodes. Alongside this format change came a change to the show’s output, too. Unfortunately, only two episodes are being released per year, resulting in some pretty unhappy fans.
This begs the question – are the presenters scaling down to come to a stop? We’ve sieved through all the evidence, and we’re ready to give you the lowdown as to why The Grand Tour isn’t stopping just yet.
Executive producer Andy Wilman has been good enough to give us a definitive answer. He’s confirmed that the crew has signed a contract to work on The Grand Tour until the end of Season 5, which should be released next year. It’s a possibility that Season 6 will be recorded in that time, too, but this is uncertain.
Wilman also tells us that each of the presenters, plus himself, will be doing other things alongside The Grand Tour, which would make the lack of content understandable. Obviously Clarkson, Hammond, and May are now spreading their time between more projects, and this is on top of DriveTribe and its sister company, FoodTribe.
On talking about the dissolving of Chump and Sons, the four’s production company, he talked about these further projects.
“All four of us are doing our own thing for Amazon, but I will be last out of the traps,” the showrunner said, obviously referring to Clarkson’s ‘I Bought A Farm’ (working title) series that he’s currently filming, and James May’s ‘Our Man In Japan’ Series, that aired earlier this year. Hammond is also working with Mythbusters star Tory Belleci, additionally to his ‘Richard Hammond’s Big’ series that is currently airing.
A new deal with Amazon has meant they can now stray onto the TV under other British broadcasters, so we should expect to see the four of them on more programs in the future. Despite this, they aren’t allowed to do anything with the competition, such as Netflix or Disney. Wilman jokes that they are now tied up with “pink Anne Summers handcuffs,” rather than police issue steel binds.