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Clarkson revs up for The Grand Tour

- By Dan Townend

SACKED Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s new rival car show has been named The Grand Tour.

The series – a must-watch for petrolhead­s which launches on Amazon Prime in the autumn – is being recorded all over the globe.

Clarkson explained yesterday: “Thing is we’ll be travelling the world hosting each episode in a different country, from a giant tent. It’s a sort of ‘grand tour’, if you like. So we’ve decided to call it The Grand Tour.”

He added in a tweet: “So, The Grand Tour [GT for short] will come from a tent, which we will put up in a different location every week. Your town?”

Clarkson and former Top Gear co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May signed a deal to make the new show for the Amazon online subscripti­on service last July.

The switch came after the BBC dropped Clarkson from Top Gear, the programme that propelled him to global fame, when he punched a member of the production team during a row over the food he was offered after a long day’s filming.

Filming for the Amazon show has been going on since last July and locations have included Portugal, Barbados, North Africa and London.

But finding a name for proved a difficult task.

A new The Grand Tour page on Facebook includes film of Clarkson, Hammond and May brainstorm­ing ideas, with Clarkson asking: “How it has long can we keep calling it unnamed TV show?’”

The trio had asked the public to suggest names and received thousands of replies, including Watcher Of The Skies, A Small Puddle Of Excellence and Automates.

May said yesterday: “I’m sorry if your name wasn’t used for our new show. But neither were any of mine.” He added without explanatio­n: “I still think ‘Nigel’ was a better name.”

Amazon will offer viewers around the world the chance to be in the show’s audience when tickets are released through prize draws in the summer.

Meanwhile, the BBC is relaunchin­g Top Gear with a new team led by DJ and broadcaste­r Chris Evans. It is expected to air at the end of the month. ‘currently

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