The Grand Tour is coming to an end. After Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond filmed two final specials last year, in Mauritania and Zimbabwe, Clarkson has confirmed TGT is not long for this world, later stating that he is “old and fat and unfit” and that the show is running out of fresh ideas.
"No more Grand Tour after next year but a LOT more Clarkson's Farm," he initially said on Instagram in late 2023, not long after announcing that there's to be a fourth season of his hit agricultural series.
The Grand Tour may yet be remade into something different, however. “The BBC understands options are being explored for a new incarnation of the show,” the BBC News report said. At the time of writing, Amazon Prime and Clarkson's co-stars had yet to comment on the show’s demise in its current form.
News of TGT's demise doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Earlier this year James May hinted on the Fuelling Around podcast that the end of TGT was on the horizon. "It's not over but we're probably nearer the end than the beginning,” he said, adding, “God, I hope so, we don't want another 20 years of this."
There did, however, seem to be some uncertainty over the show’s expiry date at the time. "We've got another one about to come out, we've just filmed another one a few weeks ago and we've got another one planned to film later this year,” May said at the time, adding, "What happens after that I don't know, it's a bit of a grey fog, it always is."
News of TGT’s end comes a little over a week since the BBC announced Clarkson, Hammond and May’s former show, Top Gear, would be paused for the “foreseeable future” following an accident during filming that left presenter Andrew ‘Freddie” Flintoff seriously injured.
Hammond and May followed Clarkson to Amazon Prime after the latter’s contract wasn’t renewed by the BBC following a physical altercation with a producer. The trio produced three series in a studio-based magazine format, much like Top Gear, before switching to make sporadically released ‘specials’.
The final two episodes are set to be released later in 2024. Along with Clarkson's Farm, May’s other Amazon project - Our Man In… is set to continue.