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Jeremy Clarkson's Grand Tour on a budget: Amazon cuts the price of Prime

15 November

Amazon Prime has introduced a £20 discount membership deal - just in time for Friday’s premiere of Jeremy Clarkson’s new show, The Grand Tour.

Prime membership has been cut from £79 to £59 per year, but the offer only lasts until 23:59 on Friday 18 November, the day The Grand Tour is released.

The discount applies to the full Prime service, including access to Amazon’s video streaming service Prime Video, next day delivery on certain products, music streaming, access to one million ebooks and unlimited photo storage through Prime Photos.

The Grand Tour can be viewed on any device that can log into Amazon Prime, as well as smart phones, selected smart TVs and games consoles, Amazon Fire Sticks and tablets. 

To access the discount, head over to Amazon and click on “get started”. The discounted price is only available to those who don’t already have a Prime subscription, but existing members can still access the first episode of The Grand Tour when it premieres on Friday.

Each episode of The Grand Tour is filmed from a new location in front of a live audience. They will be released week by week rather than all at once - as has been the case with other Amazon Prime series.

Jeremy Clarkson: 'It doesn't matter if The Grand Tour is a success or not'

7 November

Jeremy Clarkson says it doesn't matter if his new Amazon Prime show The Grand Tour is a success or not because "I'll be dead soon anyway."

With just over a week until the first episode of the motoring show is released on the online streaming service, the former Top Gear host said he isn't worried about the expectations placed on him.

"The stakes are lower. I’m now 56 - it doesn’t really matter anymore because I’ll be dead soon," he said.

"People could say, 'This is a terrible program and Amazon's wasted its money,' and I’ll go, 'Yeah, I'll be dead before they even notice.'"

Despite Clarkson's laidback attitude, Amazon has reportedly spent big on the show, with some analysts saying the first two seasons will cost around £160m. 

According to the Daily Mirror, the online giant was willing to invest heavily in the new show due to the success Clarkson and his co-hosts, James May and Richard Hammond, had at the BBC with Top Gear - a show that made the Guinness World Records as the most watched factual programme in the world, airing in 212 territories to an estimated global audience of 350 million.

The first episode of The Grand Tour will be released on Amazon Prime on 18 November.

Jeremy Clarkson's Grand Tour 'will just be fat men driving Lambos and shouting'

1 November

In an interview with The Sun last weekend, Jeremy Clarkson attempted to lower people's sky-high expectations of his forthcoming show for Amazon Prime, insisting The Grand Tour will not be big-budget blockbuster, but just more of what fans have come to expect from the trio – only with a touch of refinement.       

"What worries me most is that everyone is expecting Avengers Assemble; that people think we've made something between the new Star Wars movie and Iron Man.," the presenter said. "It is just three middle-aged men doing what they've always done — drive cars around corners, shout, fall over, belittle each other, bicker.

"It's not the moon - we're in Whitby. I haven't got a flying suit. It's all filmed on Planet Earth. It's the same family, we've just moved house. It's comfort food, but we've gone from serving shepherd's pie for 12 years to cottage pie. It's still potato with mince underneath."

Clarkson also wrote in The Sunday Times that the show's budget was not as large as has been reported.

"Our budget - contrary to what you may have read in various hysterical reports - was not much bigger than it had been at the BBC," he said.

Reporters "had got it into their heads that, because we had £400m an episode, we’d be reporting each week from a different planet", he added, saying it left him nervous about how the audience will respond when they realise The Grand Tour is still "full of three middle-aged men falling over, with the occasional car sticking its nose into the frame".

Jeremy Clarkson says The Grand Tour has a small budget

31 October

Jeremy Clarkson says the budget for his new Amazon Prime show The Grand Tour is roughly the same as BBC's Top Gear.

In a feature for The Sunday Times previewing the show, which begins in less than three weeks' time, the presenter said filming presented massive logistical challenges leaving the team with "only enough left in the kitty each week for two pints of petrol and a box of James May's beef Hula Hoops".

He added: "Our budget - contrary to what you may have read in various hysterical reports - was not much bigger than it had been at the BBC."

Each episode of The Grand Tour is filmed from a new location in front of a live audience.

"It sounds simple. But it isn't," Clarkson said. "First of all, the tent [in which it is filmed] would have to be big enough to house a stage, a lighting rig, a crane, five cameras, a car, a tech gallery, a 4K data logging server - which is bigger than the USS Enterprise and more complicated - and an audience of at least 250 people. Any fewer and we'd have the same atmosphere you get at a village cricket match."

Consequently, the tent itself had to be huge – "a Las Vegas circus marquee, only bigger".

The logistical problems this created in being transported around the world meant they had to buy two tents, which leapfrogged one another from location to location.

As the BBC owns the format of Top Gear, The Grand Tour will be very different. Clarkson and his co-hosts, May and Richard Hammond, had to devise new material to replace regular features such as Star in a Reasonably Priced Car and racing driver the Stig for their move to Amazon.

"The only constant will be James and Richard, whom I hate," Clarkson said. "But that's really what's at the core of The Grand Tour: our relentless and unending need to belittle and humiliate one another."

The Grand Tour will premiere on Amazon Prime on Friday 18 November.

Jeremy Clarkson returns to the scene of his controversial 'fracas'

14 October

Jeremy Clarkson has returned to the scene of the incident that sparked his departure from the BBC.

Sporting a blue cardigan, the motoring broadcaster was filming for his forthcoming Amazon Prime series, The Grand Tour, in North Yorkshire, the county where his infamous "fracas" occurred.

Alongside his co-presenter James May, Clarkson was seen in a studio described as similar to the one used on their former show, the BBC series Top Gear. Sitting in the large green tent the pair can be seen addressing a large audience and looking towards what appears to be a screen.

However, one eye-witness was more concerned by Clarkson's cardigan than anything else. The onlooker told the Daily Telegraph: "It looked more like Roy's Rolls than Rolls Royce with Clarkson in his cardi.

"He looked like a man ready for his pipe and slippers – a bit like Roy Cropper in Coronation Street. It is quite exciting though. It's brought loads of people out on to the street."

The filming is believed to have been for the first episode of The Grand Tour to be set in the UK, following on from two episodes filmed in South Africa and California.

Clarkson, May and Richard Hammond left Top Gear in March 2015 after Clarkson was sacked for what the BBC described as a "fracas" in which the star allegedly punched a producer, Oisin Tymon.

The first episode of The Grand Tour launches on November 18 on Amazon Prime Video.

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