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      10-09-2019 10:21 PM #426
      Only 2 episodes a year for the new format...

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      T​he Grand Tour Season 4 will return for just 2 episodes a year

      Executive producer Andy Wilman has confirmed that viewers will only be getting a double dose of Clarkson, Hammond, and May in the forthcoming series of The Grand Tour due to a substantial format overhaul. Earlier this year the last episode of The Grand Tour Season 3 aired, in which a teary eyed Jeremy Clarkson explained that the show would be moving towards a specials-only format. in which there would be no studio, track, or challenges.

      T​he assumption was that while the tent and all that would be gone, fans would still be getting a pretty sizable amount of content every year. Well apparently that isn't happening now. Because in an interview Executive Producer Andy Wilman said that fans should expect just 2 episodes this year; one around Christmas, and the other in the springtime.

      W​ell there's a few good reasons as to why the Grand Tour has been cut down. First and foremost is the fact that making a special takes a lot of time and effort. Traveling around the world with cameras, crew, and many cars is very expensive and time consuming. Second, Amazon has recently announced that Clarkson, Hammond, and May will all be making solo projects with Amazon Prime Video this year. As such giving them less time to work on the Grand Tour.

      W​hile this is disappointing to fans of the show, we can all expect two pretty incredible episodes; especially considering the time and effort that went into them. We will also see three new shows hosted by each individual presenter, giving us plenty of content from the trio.

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    3. 10-09-2019 10:35 PM #427
      That's modern life for you folks.

      Losing something old and precious every year.

      Not gaining anything new back.

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      10-09-2019 10:44 PM #428
      That trio is greater than the sum of its parts.

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      10-09-2019 10:49 PM #429
      What a damn shame. I signed up for prime just for The Grand Tour

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      10-10-2019 01:24 AM #430
      It'll still be better than the current mostly-unwatchable version of TGUK.
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      10-10-2019 01:45 AM #431
      At least it's all happening slowly instead of them just turning up daisies one day...right?
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      10-10-2019 08:29 AM #432
      Shows end gang, none of these guys is getting younger.


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      10-10-2019 08:35 AM #433
      Too bad but it was bound to happen. Don't see this lasting more than a few years with them.

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      10-10-2019 08:39 AM #434
      Quote Originally Posted by chocofrappe55 View Post
      Not gaining anything new back.
      That's not technically true---looks like they will be doing their own thing, separately, on Prime. Looking forward to seeing what they come up with.

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      10-10-2019 11:41 AM #435
      Quote Originally Posted by chocofrappe55 View Post
      That's modern life for you folks.

      Losing something old and precious every year.

      Not gaining anything new back.
      We just doxxed Marvin the Paranoid Android.

      Believe it or not there's plenty of fresh new entertainment content out there, you just have to look.

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      10-10-2019 12:56 PM #436
      Clarkson has already made a cameo on Harry’s Farm, so now you know what his solo project will be all about.

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      10-10-2019 01:12 PM #437
      I find myself watching more of Hammond's and May's solo stuff, but Clarkson's War Stories was damn good.
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      10-10-2019 02:02 PM #438
      Quote Originally Posted by mikegilbert View Post
      What a damn shame. I signed up for prime just for The Grand Tour
      Woah, really?

      I never watch Prime Video, I do it for the shipping alone.

      ANYWAYS, sad to hear, but I can't say I'm surprised by the new format. Oh well.
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      10-10-2019 02:05 PM #439
      They've all got a f'ton of money and they're getting old. I can't say I blame them for wanting to slow down.
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      10-10-2019 02:09 PM #440
      A bit of a shame, but it wasn't realistic to expect them to do 5-8 of these trips a season. Just doing one has to be positively grueling. I tend to take a week to fully recover after an overseas flight as a 30-something, so to expect a bunch of older guys to be flying around the world every few weeks is a tall order. I'm sure that's part of the reason they bagged the "tour" part of the grand tour after a season and just did the studio stuff in England.

      Looking forward to the solo stuff. Was a big fan of May's "Cars of the People."

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      10-10-2019 04:26 PM #441
      Quote Originally Posted by Seabird View Post
      They've all got a f'ton of money and they're getting old. I can't say I blame them for wanting to slow down.
      They're not really old (59, 56, 49) but Clarkeson is "old" in terms of health and fitness. I don't see him lasting more than 15 years.

      Hammond OTOH could probably keep going another 15 years.

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      10-10-2019 04:27 PM #442
      Quote Originally Posted by Nealric View Post
      A bit of a shame, but it wasn't realistic to expect them to do 5-8 of these trips a season. Just doing one has to be positively grueling. I tend to take a week to fully recover after an overseas flight as a 30-something, so to expect a bunch of older guys to be flying around the world every few weeks is a tall order. I'm sure that's part of the reason they bagged the "tour" part of the grand tour after a season and just did the studio stuff in England.

      Looking forward to the solo stuff. Was a big fan of May's "Cars of the People."
      I agree in that 5-8 grand trips a season is tough. The show though has become more "tour" than "cars." They rarely do a review and concentrate more on the travel.

    19. 10-10-2019 04:34 PM #443
      Quote Originally Posted by chocofrappe55 View Post
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      Monster Garage is coming back so there’s that

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      10-10-2019 04:40 PM #444
      Quote Originally Posted by robr2 View Post
      They're not really old (59, 56, 49) but Clarkeson is "old" in terms of health and fitness. I don't see him lasting more than 15 years.

      Hammond OTOH could probably keep going another 15 years.
      They're "old" in terms of the physical demands on them. The Colombia and Mongolian trips looked pretty brutal.
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      10-10-2019 05:16 PM #445
      Quote Originally Posted by robr2 View Post
      They're not really old (59, 56, 49) but Clarkson is "old" in terms of health and fitness. I don't see him lasting more than 15 years.

      Hammond OTOH could probably keep going another 15 years.
      Are you kidding me?

      Clarkson and May drink wine like V12s drink petrol. Clarkson especially was borderline sign-up-for-AA a few years ago when his mom died. May just drinks a bunch because he's a vintage crotchety old British man. Hammond would likely be the first to go if he doesn't get his constant crashing into things in order.

      Honestly, with how ingrained each one is in the others' lives, once the first one goes, I wouldn't be surprised to see the other two hit the deck within the same year.
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      10-10-2019 05:37 PM #446
      Quote Originally Posted by Cabin Pics View Post
      Woah, really?

      I never watch Prime Video, I do it for the shipping alone.

      ANYWAYS, sad to hear, but I can't say I'm surprised by the new format. Oh well.
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      10-10-2019 09:22 PM #447
      Quote Originally Posted by RAVatar View Post
      Are you kidding me?

      Clarkson and May drink wine like V12s drink petrol. Clarkson especially was borderline sign-up-for-AA a few years ago when his mom died. May just drinks a bunch because he's a vintage crotchety old British man. Hammond would likely be the first to go if he doesn't get his constant crashing into things in order.

      Honestly, with how ingrained each one is in the others' lives, once the first one goes, I wouldn't be surprised to see the other two hit the deck within the same year.
      Yeah, really! Like those old couples when one dies and the other goes within days or weeks afterward. The other two will simply lose the will to live.

      Honestly, I hope May goes last and well beyond the other two. His old man stories when he’s 98 will be epic.
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      10-10-2019 09:36 PM #448
      Unless I read it incorrectly, it states that's the case for this year, or rather this season, which spans into next year. So thereafter who knows. Perhaps their solo projects take off and we see them less, or not. Either way, I'm glad they're still on, and I'd rather have quality over quantity.

      Although it was with TG, I would love to see an episode where they covertly enter Argentina to retrieve the allegedly crushed remains of their cars.

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      10-10-2019 09:44 PM #449
      Quote Originally Posted by robr2 View Post
      They're not really old (59, 56, 49) but Clarkeson is "old" in terms of health and fitness. I don't see him lasting more than 15 years.

      Hammond OTOH could probably keep going another 15 years.
      Hammond will be the first to go, at the wheel of a Ford, no doubt...
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      10-10-2019 09:49 PM #450
      2 episodes are better than none. I'll watch them and many laughs will be had.
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