Former ‘Top Gear’ Hosts Name New Amazon Show ‘The Grand Tour’

Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond’s new series will follow a similar format to their “Top Gear” travel specials

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The return of former “Top Gear” hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May is almost here, and the hosts have announced the name of their upcoming show on Amazon Prime: “The Grand Tour.”

Centuries ago, “Grand Tour” was a term used for the trip wealthy young college grads would take after finishing their education. It usually consisted of a months-long journey through the heart of Europe, but could also be a more detailed adventure through a specific country. During their time on “Top Gear,” Clarkson, Hammond and May presented several special episodes where they drove through foreign countries.

According to the hosts, “The Grand Tour” will base its premise around those travel specials. Each episode will be broadcast from a different country, with the trio driving through it in a variety of cars. The studio segments will also travel from country to country and will be filmed inside a giant tent.

Meanwhile, back at BBC, “Top Gear” released a new trailer for their upcoming season with new hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc, which is set to premiere on BBC Two in the U.K. on May 29 and on BBC America a day later. Clarkson was sacked from the show in March 2015 after confessing to punching “Top Gear” producer Oisin Tymon. Hammond and May announced their departure from the show shortly after, ending a run on the show that spanned 176 episodes over 13 years.