Bonjour! The trio of terror are officially hitting the road again for the second The Grand Tour lockdown special, and this time, they’re bringing a certain ‘finesse’. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have teamed up for a new special that highlights the weird world of French automotive ingenuity, from the bizarre to the wonderful, in trademark Tour style.
Filmed in Wales and England, The Grand Tour Presents: Carnage A Trois is set to deliver more of the same. The trailer, which was released on Thursday, shows the trio back to the old antics, hitting the track in a series of French vehicles from the past. Slipping being the wheel, Clarkson and Co can be seen thrashing Citroëns, Peugeots and Renaults across a multitude of terrains the small-body cars were never intended to traverse. But that appears to be the least of the vehicles’ problems. At one point in The Grand Tour Presents: Carnage A Trois trailer, the team drops a vintage car from 500 ft in the air, before precariously placing another vehicle under some kind of trebuchet-like structure.
“In this second lockdown special, the trio dive into the bizarre world of French car culture,” the official synopsis reads. “On an epic road trip starting in the Welsh hills, they dish up a hair-raising mountain climb, bomb defusals, propeller powered cars, helicopter stunts and the most thrilling race of their lives before reaching the English Channel for a jaw dropping medieval climax. And a soupcon of French art house cinema.”
For fans of The Grand Tour, the latest lockdown special comes at a good time. With the ongoing lockdown and COVID-19 protocols hitting the British film industry hard, some had questioned if the special would go ahead at all. But in an interview with RadioTimes earlier this year, host Jeremy Clarkson revealed that the pandemic had forced the team to be on their “A-game” while filming.
“Filming in COVID, I don’t know, it’s sort of forced us to be on our A-game really because the risk was so intense. I mean, there may be 50 people in the crew, and we couldn’t just take 50 rooms in a hotel, we had to take over the whole hotel because this was the protocols that were given to us,” he said. “We had to bring in our own catering staff, we had to have our own COVID testing people with us. We all had to be tested every day and if anybody failed, even any one person failed, then the whole ship had to be abandoned, which would have been financially ruinous, so it was a big team effort.”
The Grand Tour Presents: Carnage A Trois will launch Friday 17th December on Amazon Prime Video. You can watch the first trailer for the new special above.
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