And a Happy New Year to you!
I know it’s been a while since last sharing my thoughts, but we are now committed to bringing new content on all things automotive on a bi-weekly basis in 2017.
Which brings us to the topic of today: “The Grand Tour” on Amazon Prime Video.
Followers of BBC’s “Top Gear” will know of Jeremy Clarkson’s falling out with the BBC and—more notoriously—the producer that he struck in the face which caused him to be officially sacked. A wise American billionaire known only as Jeff Bezos saw the opportunity in this cultural disaster and signed the famous trio to essentially the exact same show, only in America.
As we all know, America has been in need of a proper driving show since the now-infamous “Top Gear: USA” was so poorly received and subsequently cancelled. Much like casting George Lazenby in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service“, they found they just couldn’t replicate the formula of the show without the real stars and expect the same amount of success. Bezos knew this, which is why I’m sure it didn’t even seem like a risk to him at all to produce “The Grand Tour,” even though the production costs are only overshadowed by its global popularity.
So far the numbers are wildly in favour of his “gamble” as the new show recently surpassed previous number one “Game of Thrones” as the most illegally downloaded television program in the world. If you do have an Amazon Prime Video account, I strongly urge you to set aside some time for this gem of the convoluted media world. If you don’t have an account, just stream it online. It doesn’t seem like they’re trying very hard to stop you ;p
Or at the very least, pick up the season once it’s released on Blu-Ray.
Until next time,
Mat in the Hat