James May Broke His Arm Filming The Grand Tour

By James O Malley on at

We're surely only weeks away from the official launch of The Grand Tour, the new Amazon-funded vehicle for Clarkson, Hammond and May. Though no specific date has been set - other than "Autumn", more details are emerging about the new show - including the fact that when filming James May experienced a very on-brand injury.

According to the Evening Standard the night before filming began James May broke his arm... while coming out of a pub. Sadly there is no word on whether his injury was followed by some Top Banter™, and quips that implicit deny that climate change is man-made.

Producer Andy Wilman apparently told Edinburgh TV festival that “He rang me up and said “I’ve broken my arm”. His car was automatic so we stuck him on Eurostar, pumped him full of drugs and left him to it.”

Perhaps more relevantly, the team also revealed some interesting details about what the show - which is thought to have a gigantic budget of around $250m (£189m) for 36 episodes - will actually feature. Apparently clips were shown featuring Clarkson riding a jet-ski and testing out a Rolls Royce.

As previously revealed, the new show won't be straying too far outside of the trio's comfort zone, as it will offer up a mixture of pre-recorded films shot around the world, and studio segments shot not in a hanger next to an aerodrome, but in a tent from different locations around the world.