Ham­mond back in ac­tion af­ter hor­ror smash


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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

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