Johannesburg gets first dibs on The Grand Tour studio session

Amazon has confirmed the former Top Gear presenters are prepping for their first official studio recording later this month in South Africa.
July 8, 2016

It hasn’t been a great week for the BBC after host Chris Evans confirmed his hasty (though not-unexpected) departure from the U.K. pubcaster’s flagship series, Top Gear.

But that news certainly hasn’t soured the efforts of the Jeremy Clarkson-led trio to bring a rival car-focused show to life on Amazon’s subscription streamer, Amazon Prime Video.

It may even have sweetened the deal between the SVOD service and the former Top Gear presenters (including Richard Hammond and James May) as they prep for The Grand Tour‘s first official studio recording, now set to take place later this month in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The cast will also host studio shows in the U.K., U.S. and Germany, according to Amazon. As per the series’ name, the studio portion of the program will travel to various cities around the globe and be filmed in front of a live audience, all housed within a giant tent. Further locations will be announced later this year.

Additional filming for the series began in February in various international locations.

Amazon has also opened up a contest to Prime Video customers in the U.S. to win a trip to attend a studio recording in the U.S., which is scheduled to take place in the fall. The prize includes travel, accommodation, $200 spending money and a meet and greet with Clarkson, Hammond and Mays.

The Grand Tour is slated to launch this fall for Amazon Prime members.

Evans announced July 4 on Twitter he was leaving the BBC’s rebooted linear series 13 months after joining the team.

The BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show host took the reins after former host Clarkson was fired. Evan’s exit comes after the June 3 episode of the popular series drew an audience of 1.9 million – nearly one million viewers less than the previous week. No episode in the program’s history beginning in 2002 had fewer than two million viewers, according to The Guardian.

With files from Realscreen

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