The Grand Tour season 4's next episode is coming in 2021, and it'll take the hosts to Scotland. After the release of The Grand Tour Presents: A Massive Hunt in December 2020, the next episode of the motoring show hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond has been confirmed to arrive this year by Amazon Prime Video, but an exact release date is still elusive.
The next special from The Grand Tour season 4 was planned to be filmed in Russia, but obviously the pandemic ruled this out. It's been confirmed that you're going to see episodes filmed a little closer to the hosts' British homes for the time being – but fans of the motoring series surely won't mind a change in location if it means new specials arrive a little quicker.
Here's everything we know about The Grand Tour season 4, then, including the release date and theme of the next episode, and what we can expect to see in future.
The Grand Tour season 4: next episode release date
Let's play the yes, no game.Yes, the next Special will come out later this year.No, we don’t know when.Yes, we went to Scotland.No, there’s no more information currently.Yes, we will update you when we know more.#TheGrandTourFebruary 15, 2021
In February 2021, Amazon Prime Video confirmed that a new Scotland-set special from The Grand Tour season 4 will have its release date in 2021. No more specific date has been revealed, but you can read the tweet above for everything Amazon has said on the matter so far.
Earlier plans to record an episode in Russia were put on-hold because of the pandemic (see below) – so another special was filmed in Scotland across nine days earlier in 2020 instead.
"We did it in area of Scotland with not many people," co-host James May told BT. "We didn’t interact with the locals really. There were complicated systems set up for cleaning everything and it was a bit tiresome going through lots of procedures and being tested every day, but it didn’t get in the way of filming to be honest."
The hosts couldn't go to the pub after filming the episode, which must've been a challenge.
While it might be a long wait until the trio and their crew can head to more exotic locations, the intent is to keep making episodes in locations where it's easier to pull off. "In the short term we might have to reduce our travel ambitions and we’ll have a better chance of doing it," May says. "Better to film in the UK and deliver regularly than promise the earth and not deliver anything. The Grand Tour may become a little more domestic. But it will still be us three which is the important thing. And cars."
That bodes well for the future – and who knows, maybe we'll start seeing episodes of The Grand Tour season 4 land more regularly than once every year again.
The Grand Tour season 4 Scotland episode: what we know
To film the upcoming Scotland special during the pandemic, the crew formed a bubble, and no one caught Covid-19 during the shoot. It was reported that the hosts were seen driving classic American cars from Edinburgh to the Hebrides – which suggests some kind of Route 66-style road trip element.
Clarkson was seen driving a blue Lincoln, May was seen driving a red Cadillac, and Hammond was seen in a green Buick. The trio also took part in a drag race on a runway somewhere in south Scotland, for which the cars mentioned were apparently modified, and were seen towing caravans at one point too.
May says that being a bit closer to the home for the hosts doesn't matter that much – after all, viewers on Amazon Prime Video could be watching it from anywhere. "If you're watching The Grand Tour from Sri Lanka, Scotland is as exotic and beautiful as Sri Lanka is from Scotland, so there's always going to be a large part of the audience which finds anywhere in the world fascinating."
And hey, anything that gets the hosts to film new episodes faster seems like a good thing.
The Grand Tour season 4 Russia special: what we know
Yes, the next Special will land later this year.Yes, it’s filmed in Madagascar and yes, there will be cars.Yes, we wanted to go to Russia.No, we couldn’t (we all know why).Yes, we will try again.No, we don’t know when.Yes, we will keep you updated.#TheGrandTourJuly 7, 2020
The next planned episode for The Grand Tour Presents was meant to take the hosts to Russia – and this is still the idea, one day. It's just been postponed for now due to the pandemic. James May says that lots of preparation has been made for this special, but that it's "just impossible right now".
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