When The Grand Tour first returned the Top Gear trio back onto screens for Amazon Prime Video subscribers, the format was much more familiar for fans of the original BBC series.
TV motorists Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May competed in car challenges and races, as well as featuring special celebrity guests in their Cotswolds studio.
However, the fourth season of The Grand Tour took a different approach, this time opting to send the trio on adventures abroad, similar to Top Gear’s special episodes.
Only one feature-length episode of a planned four has aired on Amazon so far, in which the trio attempt to cross the Mekong Delta using three different types of boat.
Titled Seamen, the special was released in December 2019, meaning fans may have to wait almost a year before a new Grand Tour adventure becomes available on the streaming service.
The episode was seemingly well-received, though fans have unfortunately been unable to see how the rest of the season was set to pan out due to the coronavirus outbreak stalling production.
Jeremy Clarkson recently revealed the presenters were set to travel to Russia, but abandoned the trip for fear of being stranded abroad amid worldwide travel restrictions during the pandemic.
While many subscribers enjoyed the new, longer episode format, the shift towards documentary-style trips abroad has been met with some controversy.
Sadly, this familiar structure didn’t carry over to the fourth season of The Grand Tour, which, due to the ongoing pandemic, will most likely be the last content audiences see from Clarkson and co for some time.
Top Gear was also infamous for its mysterious test driver, The Stig, until the character’s first iteration was revealed to be racing driver Ben Collins after season 15.
The Stig did not return for The Grand Tour, but audiences felt new test driver, Abbie Eaton, was a worthwhile replacement when she was introduced in season two.
The original poster continued: “I miss the news and new car reviews and retrospective segments, and Abbie was a great replacement driver.”
Published at Fri, 29 May 2020 03:15:00 +0000