The Grand Tour: Carnage a Trois, the return of the wild trio

The Grand Tour: Carnage a Trois, the return of the wild trio

The Grand Tour

Amazon Prime Video has made a nice Christmas present to fans of The Grand Tour, the series starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May: a new episode called Carnage a Trois. As the presentation of the show says, The Grand Tour is an adventurous and fun series featuring three friends who, for better or for worse, between jokes, lefties and a good deal of trouble, have been together for almost 20 years. And as Prime Video puts it, “Sometimes it's a show about cars too.”

Amazon Prime Video TV Series Clarkson began the historic automotive and humorous show Top Gear in 2002 with producer Andy Wilman. In 2003 Richard Hammond joined him and the following year he completed the James May trio. The format, with its provocative and fun style, reached very high share peaks, with a peak of 8 million spectators in the United Kingdom. Following some accidents - first of all the one in which Hammond crashed with a dragster at over 502 km / h ending up in a coma for weeks - and some extreme situations, such as the one in the Falkland Islands in which they were accused of having falsified the license plate. of a Porche calling it a reference to the 1982 Falklands War, relations with the British broadcaster became increasingly tense. Finally, in March 2015, Clarkson was suspended from the show after assaulting a producer. Shortly thereafter, May and Hammond stated that they would not return to run the program without Clarkson. While Top Gear changed conductors (drastically lowering the share), the trio signed a contract with Amazon to make The Grand Tour.

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The Grand Tour: Carnage to Trois, French cars and Hamletic doubts

After abandoning the format with the tent that was erected from time to time in different places, the fourth season of The Grand Tour consists only of specials, not including the program segments shot in study with the public. The first episode saw the trio leave their cars for three boats and take a tour between Cambodia and Vietnam, in the second episode they ended up driving on the terrible roads of Madagascar, until in the third episode the three found themselves confined to the UK due to of Covid and have created a special called Lochdown, an easily interpretable pun. In this fourth episode (the second filmed under restrictions), Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May tackle the bizarre universe of French cars.

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“Even the doors are weird. Especially since, and I've checked, each weighs more than Kylie Minuogue. She is very heavy! They say they are the heaviest car doors in the world ... not a great boast! "

After an overview of the unquestionable oddities of various French cars, Leyat Hélica comes to present, a truly unique invention: a micro-car produced starting from 1916, characterized by propeller propulsion and the absence of transmission to the wheels . Obviously, Hammond was chosen as the pilot for the test, with consequences that can be easily imagined.

“Hammond crashed, didn't he?”


"Anyway ..."

The trio tells of the strange relationship that the French have with cars, giving demonstrations worthy of the series, blocking traffic in England and proving to be still on the spot both in the automotive world and in entertainment, after almost 20 years.

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A special different from the others

When a special of The Grand Tour comes out, fans expect a narrative from the plot that is quite well known and repeated because of great success. The three find themselves in a particular place in the world with three cars that are usually unsuitable for their purpose, they set off and face comic adventures and sometimes bordering on the unbelievable. They modify their cars, sleep in inhospitable places (and they really do, see the special filmed for the third season "Survival of the fattest" in Mongolia, where this aspect is evident) and in the end they complete the mission. br>
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You cannot blame anything either to the protagonists or to the production. They were able to make an original and fun episode having only a few French cars in hand and shooting in a relatively small area during a time of restrictions and pandemics. One of the mysteries that this episode carries with it, and that perhaps no one will ever reveal, is why May had a napkin on her head every time she sat at the table with Clarkson and Hammond. Extreme British comedy or anti Covid precautions ?!

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