The Grand Tour studio tent won't be coming to America for season 2.
Recent setbacks like Richard Hammond’s Rimac Concept One crash and Clarkson nearly dying from pneumonia have tainted the hype for The Grand Tour season 2 somewhat. Details about what we can expect to see in the next season have been scarce since the brief teaser trailer, but Amazon has announced that you can now sign up for a chance to receive studio audience tickets. You can only sign up between now and October 3. There is a catch, though – the next series will have a significant format change.
Confirming previous rumors, the studio tent that was pitched around the world in the last season will now be set in one location, so it won’t be coming to America this time. Studio segments will instead be filmed in the Cotswolds, England, which should make quite a contrast to the opening episode of the last season filmed in sunny California. You can still apply for tickets as applications are open worldwide, but don’t expect Amazon to cover travel costs. “It's clear that the most popular ‘Grand Tour’ element of the show is when the chaps are roaming the globe on their big adventures and road trips, so that's what we're doing a lot more of for this series,” said the show’s Executive Producer Andy Willman.
“We'll keep the studio in one place, and given how accident prone they are at the minute, that can only be a good thing!" The application page also gives us clues as to when the next season is likely to air. There’s still no official start date, but the first episode is being recorded on October 25. The second episode is being filmed on October 31, so the first episode could air between those two dates. The first episode of the last season aired in mid-November last year, so we shouldn’t have too long to wait. Hopefully a full-length trailer for season two will be released soon to ease the wait.
While the studio scenes will be filmed in the same location, the main films will continue the show’s globe-trotting theme. The trio will spend over 100 days travelling across five continents including Africa, Europe, North America, South America and Asia according to Amazon. Among the exotic locations visited in season two include Croatia, Mozambique, Dubai, Spain, Switzerland, Colorado and New York. We can’t wait to see the next round of Clarkson, Hammond and May’s automotive adventures.