The audience felt quite a relief after the renewal news for The Grand Tour Season 4. Amazon officially announced the fourth season on December 13, 2018, even before the release of the third season. Even Clarkson also announced the renewal at the final episode of the third season.
The Grand Tour is a British motoring series of Amazon. The show follows a similar format as that of Top Gear. The episodes are hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May. The Grand Tour features a collaboration of live-audience segments and pre-recorded shoots. It also focuses on reviews of cars, motoring topics, celebrity timed laps, races, and particular motoring challenges.
The show debuted in November 2016 when Clarkson was dismissed from Top Gear. His dismissal took place because of his indisciplined behavior during and behind the scenes of the show. Though Hammond, May, and Wilman subsequently left the show after Clarkson’s dismissal.
The Grand Tour Season 4: Big Format Change
Along with the renewal news, Amazon also confirmed that the team had retired the current studio and audience format. Moreover, there won’t be talk segments like Conversation street, track and lap time content on The Eboladrome and some more small features. On behalf of that, the fourth season will present the films committed to road trips and adventure specials.
Clarkson got quite a little emotional when he bid farewell to the studio segment in the last episode of the third season. In an interview with The Sun, he stated as: “I like having a studio audience, but I’m getting old now. So life will be a bit easier just doing the specials.”
Hosts Will Present Stand-Alone Shows
Moreover, the three hosts, Clarkson, Hammond, and May will start producing their shows based on their own interests for Amazon. Hammond and May have already announced their solo projects. In the show, Richard Hammond’s Big, the presenter will explore some untouched depths of engineering. Meanwhile, James May will leave on a quest to Japan to understand the unique, extraordinary, and complex country. The title of Amazon’s show will be Our Man In… Japan.
Dismissed Asia-Australia Tour Over Terrorist Threats
According to the host Jeremy Clarkson, The Grand Tour has pulled off their plans to film their next special to abroad because of terrorist threats. He revealed that May and Hammond were planning to drive across the Sahara to Timbuktu. However, the plan canceled as the threat of terrorism is too damn high in those places. As Clarkson posted in his Sunday Times Column,
“This would be an epic journey, except it would mean crossing the Sinai peninsula and, thanks to ISIS, the chances of us all arriving on the other side with heads were slim. Google searches revealed that nearly all of them have an Isis presence.”
Now the gang believes that they’ll be forced to film in Slough.
The Grand Tour Season 4 Release Date
The third season of the show ended on April 12, 2019. Therefore, the show will almost take another year to come back on Amazon. The first two seasons of the show released at the mere end of their respective years, along with the third season in January 2019. This signals that the fourth season will most likely premiere in the first quarter of 2020.