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Jeremy Clarkson returns to his roots on The Grand Tour Series 3

The Grand Tour Series 3 is set to feature a homecoming of sorts for the show’s most popular host, after Jeremy Clarkson shared a photo of himself on Instagram recently standing in his childhood village of Doncaster.

The photo above, posted with the message: “Back where I began” showed Clarkson standing beside the welcome sign to Burghwallis, the village where he grew up as a child. It is understood the star was filming retro sequences for the show with cameras rolling earlier in the day outside one of his former schools.

Production crews for The Grand Tour were spotted filming in Rutland Street near the town centre, taking footage of a 1960s Ford Cortina with the registration plate JCC – which is perhaps short for Clarkson’s full name Jeremy Charles Clarkson. The street was once home to Clarkson’s first school – Hill House – which is now a conference centre.

But clues to the nature of the filming were revealed when a sign proclaiming “Hill House” was put up outside the building, which is now named Rutland House. There are also reports that the former Top Gear host was seen filming sequences on Beckett Road, Thorne Road and at Sprotbrough Falls yesterday. It is not thought his Grand Tour co-stars James May and Richard Hammond were involved in the filming.

Back in the day, Clarkson’s father Edward was a travelling salesman who specialised in tea cosies, while his mother Shirley was a teacher. While the family home may have been a four-bedroom farm-house in the idyllic village of Burghwallis, his parents were hardly wealthy and at times struggled to make a living.

Jeremy first worked for the BBC aged 12, playing the role of Atkinson in the radio adaptation of the Jennings novels, Anthony Buckeridge’s tales of life at the fictional Linbury Court preparatory school. The role did not last long, and Richard Hammond was once asked why, in an interview on LBC Radio. “He will have done something stupid, obviously,” Richard joked. But the real reason was far less dramatic. Jeremy lost his role because he hit puberty and his voice had broken.

If you’d like to read more about Clarkson’s past, check out our article: Everything you need to know about Jeremy Clarkson. Otherwise, you can look forward to seeing more when The Grand Tour Series 3 airs later this year.

Filming for the studio segments of the show will take place between October and December 2018, suggesting a possible Series 3 release date of either November 23rd, November 30th or December 7th.

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