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The Grand Tour enters lochdown!

The Grand Tour enters lochdown!

Clarkson, May and Hammond will soon be back on our screens, in the latest instalment of The Grand Tour Presents series. And this time, they’re in Scotland...

Ross Campbell, Writer

The BBC’s Top Gear was a show that defined an era in television, and its overwhelming success was no doubt down to the on-screen chemistry between motorhead frenemies, Jeremey Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. 


Banter, in every sense of the term, was the magic ingredient – fuelling three middle-aged men in their travels around the globe, playing with big toys on unlimited telly budgets and getting up to all sorts of shenanigans. You’ve likely overheard a parent call it “the best job in the world” at one point. 


And since the lads jumped over to Amazon Prime Video, The Grand Tour has proven to be just as big a success, both in terms of its appeal and Clarkson, May and Hammond’s enduring appeal. And the rest, as they say, is history.  


The Grand Tour Presents: Lochdown

In this latest special, the lads make their way around bonny Scotland in three enormous, 1970-era American cars – caught somewhere between Covid-19 restrictions, the typically unpredictable highland weather, and their razor-sharp wits.


As with all TV productions in The New Normal, the crew formed a bubble throughout the shoot. Plans to record a special in Russia were iced due to restrictions, so they filmed this special across nine days earlier in 2020.


With a Cadillac Coupe de Ville; as driven by Elvis (although it’s not cherry blossom pink); a Lincoln Continental as seen in Dallas; and a Buick Riviera just like Clint Eastwood’s in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, they’re certain to raise a few eyebrows on their travels. 



The Grand Tour Presents: Lochdown will be gunning its way onto Amazon Prime Video on Friday 30 July and will be a two-part release. But, if you’re after something to watch once you’ve completed the show (and while you wait for further specials), Clarkson, May and Hammond have plenty of individual projects peppered throughout the streaming services for your enjoyment. Let’s take a look… 



Clarkson’s Farm

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Given Jeremey Clarkson has been on TV for decades, it’ll come as little surprise that he’s got a bit of money in the bank. Some of that money has gone on a farm, and in this Amazon series, he’s decided he’s going to have a crack at running it – much to the frustration of his neighbouring agriculturalists. A second series has just been announced, too.



James May: Our Man In Japan 

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

In this solo outing James May is in Japan, immersing himself in the culture, traditions and cuisine of the land of the rising sun. Expect all the usual high jinks that come with May, as he travels the length and breadth of the fascinating country. 


James May: Oh Cook!

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

James May is many things – motor journalist, musical virtuoso, pub landlord… but he’s no chef. In this pseudo-cookery show, May is tasked with whipping up various dishes, with each show focusing on a different cuisine. 


James May: The Reassembler

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Have you ever wondered how the seemingly mundane objects scattered throughout your home actually work? James May has, and in this show he takes them apart to find out exactly what makes them tick. 


James May: Toy Stories

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

It’ll come as no surprise to those that have been watching James May over the years, that he really likes old stuff. In Toy Stories, May plays with toys from his boyhood, and making a pretty convincing case as to why they’re still relevant in the modern age. 



The Great Escapists

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video 

The Great Escapist sees Richard Hammond stranded on a desert island with MythBusters’ Tory Belleci. The pair must pool their creative and engineering resources to invent a way of getting off a – admittedly tropical – remote spit of sand. 


Richard Hammond’s Engineering Connections

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Before Hammond was looking at the world’s biggest planes, trains and automobiles in Big, he was investigating the engineering involved in creating the world’s super structures. From Wembley Stadium to the Sydney Opera House, find how these iconic landmarks came to fruition. 


Richard Hammond’s Secret Service

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Fancy a slight change of pace? In this hidden camera show, Richard Hammond heads up a team of “secret agents”, perfectly poised to pull pranks on the general public.

When is The Grand Tour Presents: Lochdown on Amazon Prime Video?

Find The Grand Tour Presents: Lochdown in Apps & Games > Prime Video from Friday 30 July.

How to watch Amazon Prime Video with Virgin TV

Prime Video is available to all Virgin TV customers with a V6 box, powered by TiVo®, and a subscription to the service. Simply sign up to Amazon Prime Video via their website, and you can log in on the box. And because Prime Video is fully integrated into TiVo®, you can search without even going into the app. Just select Search & Discover from the Home menu and type in the name of the show or movie you’re after.

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Image credits: Clarkson's Farm © Amazon Prime