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THE first episode of Jeremy Clark­son’s new mo­tor show

has set a new stream­ing record for Ama­zon Prime Video.

For­mer Top Gear stars Clark­son, James May and Richard Ham­mond’s new ef­fort has be­come the sub­scrip­tion ser­vice’s big­gest pre­miere, beat­ing The Man In The High Cas­tle, in 2015.

Ama­zon did not re­veal the to­tal num­ber of views for that or for The Grand Tour’s launch episode.

But a state­ment from the com­pany said “mil­lions of Prime mem­bers” streamed the pre­miere episode over the week­end in the UK, US, Ger­many, Aus­tria and Ja­pan.

The site said “to­tal new Prime mem­ber­ship sign-ups ex­ceeded all pre­vi­ous days”, aside from its Prime Day event on the day it be­came avail­able to view­ers.

The Grand Tour’s first episode, which saw its three pre­sen­ters head to a desert in Cal­i­for­nia to en­ter­tain a crowd in their trav­el­ling tent and test three hy­brid hy­per­cars, was avail­able to stream on Fri­day.

Ama­zon CEO Jeff Be­zos added: “The guys are back, do­ing what they do best – the chem­istry be­tween Jeremy, Richard and James is what makes The Grand Tour so en­ter­tain­ing.

“Their cre­ativ­ity, along with the pro­duc­tion qual­ity and 4K HDR stream­ing, has Prime mem­bers re­spond­ing in a big way.

“Ku­dos and con­grats to the whole team.”

The ex- Top Gear stars’ move from the BBC to Ama­zon last year came af­ter Clark­son’s con­tract was not re­newed due to a “fra­cas” with a pro­ducer. BACK ON TRACK: The old team

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