Hammond back in action after horror smash
SOLIHULL STAR ‘ BACK FROM THE DEAD’ AS FILMING STARTS ON NEW TV SERIES
SOLIHULL TV star Richard Hammond has started filming a new series of The Grand Tour – his first since the crash that almost claimed his life.
The 47- year- old presenter has joined his former Top Gear pals Jeremy Clarkson and James May to shoot the new series of the Amazon motoring show.
And scenes will divulge more details of the two terrifying accidents Hammond suffered earlier this year.
In March, whilst filming for The Grand Tour in Mozambique, he fell off a motorbike, hit his head and ended up unconscious.
And in June, he crashed a Rimac Concept One in Hemberg, Switzerland.
Hammond lost control of the 200mph car, rolling it several times before it came to rest on its roof.
He suffered a fractured knee, but was “conscious and talking” after the crash.
At the time, Clarkson admitted he thought his friend had died.
Undeterred, the team has started work on the second of three seasons included in the money- spinning deal that saw them move from BBC TV. They are currently filming the “tent” sections in the Cotswolds. This year the tented studio will remain in the UK, although the presenters will film overseas. The change in format comes not only after Hammond’s crashes but also follows Clark son’ s hospital battle with pneumonia in Spain.
“Given their sore joints, struggling lungs and combined age of 158, the studio tent has been given a new home in a charming location situated in the beautiful Cotswolds,” Amazon said.
The show has posted a message on Twitter offering fans “an exclusive look at today’s filming”, but the picture was just a section of road with some shadows across it.
As part of the threeseries deal, The Grand Tour will be back for two more series, with the second series on Prime Video later this year.
The wreckage after presenter Richard Hammond crashed in Switzerland and, below, with fellow presenters James May, left, and Jeremy Clarkson