Well they’ve finally got a name! Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May’s new Amazon motoring show will be called The Grand Tour. In a statement, the trio thanked fans for taking the time to send in their suggestions for the name, which they said were much appreciated. “Thing is,” Clarkson said, “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 said he was underwhelmed by the name. “I wanted to call it ‘Nigel’, or ‘Roger’,” he joked. “We needed a name, and they’re names.”
Hammond was more positive. “I already love camping,” he said. “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…”
Clarkson tweeted just after the announcement:
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?
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) May 11, 2016
The Grand Tour’s Facebook page features a video showing some of the spoof names that were under consideration, including “Automates”, “A Small Puddle of Excellence” and “The Ace Biscuit”.
It also features the video Clarkson released of the trio brainstorming the spoof names, plus photos of filming in Portugal, Barbados, north Africa and London.
Early reports had suggested the show might be called Gear Knobs, but in April Clarkson claimed the BBC had a legal right to stop the new show using the word “gear” in the title.
The name the trio chose fits with their ambition to do something different to the BBC series, moving further away from the traditional car show format with studio segments and big set-pieces.
The Grand Tour is set to debut this autumn on Amazon’s video service. It is not yet clear whether all the episodes will be released in one go, as Amazon and rival Netflix have done with many of their drama series, or follow a more traditional scheduled pattern, though May has previously said it is likely to be the latter.