The Grand Tour | New Automotive show by Clarkson, Hammond, and May | Premieres November 18
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Jeremy Clarkson’s new motoring show cannot have a test track, feature the Stig, call the news section “the news”, or even describe Namibia as “beautiful”, for fear of being sued by the BBC, the programme’s producer claimed yesterday.
Wilman said that the legal discussions became “hilarious”, as the lawyers even insisted on examining whether James May would be able to use the word c**k, as the presenter had frequently referred to the item of male anatomy while working on the BBC show.
He said: “They got funnier and funnier. We went to Namibia to make a big film. The lawyers got out a film we had done [for Top Gear] in Botswana. The lawyers go through everything and they said, ‘There’s a scene in [Top Gear] where you’re in the middle of the Okavango and you go, “This scenery is beautiful”, so watch that you don’t do that.’What the fuck, BBC.
“So we were in the desert in Namibia and we had to go, “for legal reasons, this scenery is shit’.”
Jeremy Clarkson: Honestly, we were sitting the other day in a traffic jam in Liverpool, and we looked into a computer shop. There was somebody there with a purple shirt, flogging laptops on a wet, cold, dark November night. We just thought, "God, we're lucky." I still think of him every time they make me do something, you just think, "We genuinely have the best jobs in the world. We really, really do." I just can't think of anything I'd rather do.😂
James May: Even fighter pilot isn't as good. You get more sex, but it's not as much fun.
Welcome back to the OG trio. The year and a half wait was worth it. I'd love to drive that Eboladrome track. Just once and hopefully not crash.
Still think it's way too scripted, but I haven't watched Top Gear in years so I don't know how it compares.
I missed that Jeremy got sick with pneumonia so they're gonna have to temporarily fill some of the hosting duties with somebody else:
The Grand Tour presenter fell ill earlier this month while on the Spanish island of Mallorca and has written about his time in hospital in his Sunday Times column.
He wrote that he had “three nights spent spasming in my bed” before a doctor sent him for tests at the hospital. He was then told he would have to be admitted for at least a week, which he called impossible. The doctor said: “If you don’t do as I say you will die.”
Clarkson has now left hospital, but faces two months of recuperation. He said: “This is the problem with hospitals. People who stay in them become institutionalised and incapable of speaking about anything other than what nurse brought what drug at what time. Boredom turns them into bores.https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/aug/13/jeremy-clarkson-pneumonia-mallorca