Jeremy Clarkson's Amazon show to be called The Grand Tour


Jeremy Clarkson's new Amazon Prime motoring show will be called The Grand Tour. 

The new series featuring Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond will make its debut on the streaming service in autumn.

Previous reports suggested names such as Gear Knobs were being considered and a video released showed the trio brainstorming monikers such as Tripod.

A tongue-in-cheek statement from the trio said they thanked everyone for their suggestions, with an explanation from Clarkson on the final choice. 

He said: "Thing is. We'll be travelling the world hosting each episode in a different country, from a giant tent. It's a sort of 'grand tour', if you like. So we've decided to call it 'The Grand Tour'."

May admitted he was underwhelmed by the final name, saying: "I wanted to call it 'Nigel', or 'Roger'. We needed a name, and they're names."

Hammond said: "I already love camping. But this is something else. We are like our pioneering and prospecting forebears, sallying forth into a new frontier of broadcasting, and making our home where..."

The statement ended, adding that at this point in the above conversation "Clarkson and May strangled him (Hammond) with a guy rope."

Clarkson tweeted seconds after the announcement, writing: "So, the Grand Tour (GT for short) will come from a tent, which we will put up in a different location every week. Your town?"

In a series of tweets, Hammond expressed his excitement, writing: "We've got a name. And it was bleeding obvious cos it's what we're doing: coming from a different place every week."

"Best of all, we've got a MASSIVE tent as our studio. Same tent, different view, different crowd every week on our Grand Tour," he added. 

May expressed his "unhappiness" at the final name, tweeting: "I still think 'Nigel' was a better name."

May added: "I'm sorry if your name wasn't used for our new show. But neither were any of mine."

He linked to the show's new Facebook page, which contains a video scrolling through crossed-out name suggestions including Watcher Of The Skies, A Small Puddle Of Excellence and Automates.

The Grand Tour Facebook page has now been unlocked, giving the public access to material dating back across the last ten months.

The first post from July 2015 is titled "The Secret's Out" and reads: "Starting a new adventure".

Clarkson, Hammond and May are shown brainstorming ideas for naming the show in a series of videos posted in April, with Clarkson asking: "How long can we keep calling it 'currently unnamed TV show'?"

Other posts feature the trio filming in Portugal, Barbados, North Africa and London.