The motoring/travel series The Grand Tour is one of Amazon’s biggest original shows yet — both in terms of viewers and budget. The show was a massive, worldwide hit, so naturally fans have been eager for more. Now rumor has it they won’t have to wait much longer. Apparently The Grand Tour may be targeting an October debut for its second season.
Hosted by former Top Gear stars Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, The Grand Tour follows the trio on adventures around the world, featuring an array of fast vehicles and a scenic vistas in locations such as South Africa, Dubai, Finland, and the U.S. and U.K. This latest news comes from co-host James May, who let it slip while being interviewed on the BBC’s The One Show this past Monday, June 5. When asked about the show’s return, May said:
October is when you’ll first be able to see it. But after that, you’ll be able to see it whenever you want, of course. I’m told to say that!
An October debut would make sense, with the second season bowing a little under a year after the show first premiered on November 17, 2016. Given how popular The Grand Tour has proven, it’s no surprise that Amazon would want to get a second season turned around as quickly as possible.
It sounds like the premiere date may have actually moved up a bit. Earlier this year, Richard Hammond claimed on Instagram that the second season would kick off on November 19, 2017. Presumably either plans changed or somebody chastised Hammond for letting the cat out of the bag. Either way, the October date isn’t official until Amazon confirms it, but it seems likely to be accurate since May is discussing it in an official interview setting.
While Amazon is keeping a lid tight on details when it comes to what season two will have to offer, it sounds like the show’s scope and scale definitely won’t be getting a downgrade. When asked what the budget for The Grand Tour‘s second season, May joked:
As little as possible. No, it’s about the same, I would think. It is quite an expensive show to make. There’s a lot of travel involved. There’s a lot of crew involved. There’s a lot of tech involved, filming in 4K. But that’s boring stuff. It’s going to look largely the same, but we’ve moved it on a bit in a way that I can’t really tell you about yet because you’re the enemy and it’s secret!
Given that the first season is rumored to have cost Amazon a quarter of a billion dollars, “about the same” is no small chunk of change.
Amazon Prime subscribers can streaming the first season of The Grand Tour now via Prime Video.