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The Grand Tour in SA: Clarkson films first episode in Joburg

2016-07-18 07:25

Sean Parker

START OF THE GRAND TOUR: Former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson (left) , Richard Hammond (centre) and James May (right) on the set of their new motoring show, The Grand Tour, at the Cradle of Humankind. Image: Twitter

Johannesburg - Former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May filmed the first episode of their motoring show, The Grand Tour, in South Africa on Sunday (July 17).

The show is housed in a giant tent which was erected at the Cradle of Humankind just outside Johannesburg.

Wheels24 spoke to audience members who said that the production team "explicitly asked us not to take photos and post on social media at the recording, as well as not share anything we’ve seen because it’s meant to be a surprise to global audiences when it airs."

Motoring trio in SA

However, the trio of presenters posted updates and photographs on social media throughout the day. 

Clarkson, who on Thursday blasted British Airways for delaying his flight to South Africa by 12 hours, posted a photograph on Twitter:

The new show is filmed in a giant tent each week in a different location. The first season of the show is set to air on Amazon Prime this Spring in the Southern Hemisphere. 

May, in an obvious attempt to say 'Jozi', instead typed 'Josie'in a photograph he posted on Twitter:

May, then posted a Facebook Live video at 8:00PM on Sunday evening in which Clarkson said the team had just filmed their first Grand Tour show and that they 'really enjoyed it'. 

Watch May's video below: 


Top Gear ends on a low

The first season of the revamped hit motoring show, Top Gear, ended on a low point with host Chris Evans quitting.

The show has struggled to draw a big audience since it was relaunched in May 2016, hosted by Evans and Matt LeBlanc.

The revamped show attracted just 1.9 million viewers to its season finale.

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