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8 December

The Grand Tour season 2: is Clarkson back at his best?

The second season of Jeremy Clarkson’s Amazon Prime motoring show, The Grand Tour, premiered last night - and proved an instant hit with both fans and critics.

The opening episode saw Clarkson and co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May take three supercars across Switzerland before entering a hill-climb rally event. 

Clarkson opted for Lamborghini’s V12-engined Aventador S, while May took the wheel of Honda’s hybrid NSX. Meanwhile, Hammond brought the all-electric Rimac Concept One -which he then crashed at the rally.  

Hammond’s accident was the “climax” of the season opener, says The Daily Telegraph, although there isn't actually any footage of the fiery crash, “because their camera crew missed it”.

The “well-publicised” accident - which left Hammond in hospital with a fractured knee - was the most dramatic aspect of the “back-to-basics” episode, which brought a host of improvements over the first series, says the newspaper.

Gone is the “achingly unfunny” test driver, The American, while “the weekly Celebrity Braincrash comedy skit has been scrapped by popular demand”, adds the paper.

“Some parts were slightly flat”, says The Times, but “the production values remain high” and the trio’s “matesy bickering drove the episode”. 

The new episode also proved popular on Twitter. 

The second series of The Grand Tour is being shown exclusively on the Amazon Prime subscription service, which costs £79 a year.  All 13 episodes from the show’s first season are also available on the streaming service.

Jeremy Clarkson’s Grand Tour: what to expect in season 2

2 November

A new teaser trailer for the upcoming second season of The Grand Tour, which returns to our screens in December, has just been released. It sees the trio of former Top Gear stars race down a steep, snowy ski slope in old Jaguars. 

The trailer opens with Jeremy Clarkson hanging out of the side of an old Jaguar XJ as he begins his hair-raising descent down the mountain side. He’s joined by his co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May, who also appear to be driving battered old Jaguars. 

While the trailer only gives a sneak preview of the second series, Jalopnik says fans can also expect some supercar tests and a review of Bugatti’s new Chiron hypercar.

In addition to Switzerland, the globetrotting petrolheads look set to visit Spain, Croatia, Dubai, Colorado, New York and Mozambique, the website says.

But the show’s studio will no longer travel around the world with the presenters, says Metro, Instead it will reside permanently in the Cotswolds. 

Filming for the new season has been a “pretty dramatic affair”, the news site says, as Richard Hammond has been involved in multiple incidents that have seen him hospitalised twice.  

The first incident occurred in March, when the presenter hit his head after falling off a motorbike in Mozambique. 

This was followed by an accident in June, when he crashed an electric Rimac Concept One supercar moments after finishing a hillclimb rally in Switzerland. 

Amazon Prime subscribers can catch the first episode on 8 December. Like the previous series, it will be followed by a new episode every week.

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