The Grand Tour season 4 – The Grand Tour Presents, in other words – started in late 2019 with an episode called ‘Seamen’. There’s a joke somewhere in there, just in case you missed it. That episode hosted Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond as they travelled Cambodia and Vietnam by boat, which proved a popular departure from the explorer’s regular adventures.
Since then, fans have been twiddling their thumbs in wait for the next episode of The Grand Tour, which we know is on its way on an unspecified date this year. It hasn’t been included in the list of new shows coming to Amazon Prime Video in October however, so we may have to wait until November or December.
Two more specials have been pushed back by the health crisis, since international travel isn’t isn’t as simple as it once was. Below, we’ll explain what we know about The Grand Tour season 4 episode 2’s release date, as well as its next, Russia-based episode.
The Grand Tour season 4 episode 2 release date is later this year
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
As per the post above, we know that the next episode of The Grand Tour will drop in 2020, but it looks like that’ll be in November at the earliest. That’s because it doesn’t appear in the list of new shows coming to Amazon Prime in October (courtesy of Mashable), so we may have to wait a little longer.
When asked by a fan on Twitter for release details in September 2020, Clarkson simply replied “ask Amazon”. The company confirmed a 2020 launch for the Madagascar special earlier this year, but we still don’t have to a more specific date than that. Clarkson said it was “pretty much read to go” via Twitter a while ago, so the ball is seemingly in Amazon’s court.
However, the following episode, filmed in Russia, is up in the air over the current health crisis. James May explained this in a chat with The Sun. “The effects of lockdown on making TV shows is that we have to retract our ambitions for travel,” he said. He also stressed that he and the team “would rather wait a bit longer rather than rushing it for the sake of it and coming out with something half-arsed.”
The Grand Tour season 4 is delayed by coronavirus
Two more episodes, likely from the same series of specials, are delayed because of coronavirus and the current concern around international travel. Responding to another complaint about the wait for new episodes of The Grand Tour on Twitter, Clarkson said, “Maybe you haven’t heard. There’s a virus you see and it’s making international travel tricky.”
Coronavirus is still spreading in some parts of the world, obviously, so while we know episode 2 of The Grand Tour season 4 in 2020, you will have a longer wait for more episodes.
The plan is that the next episode of The Grand Tour Presents will be filmed in Russia, but the team has to “wait for the snow again and we’ll go next year,” according to executive producer Andy Wilman. After this Madagascar episode, then, you will likely be waiting until 2021 for the next episode of The Grand Tour season 4.
What is The Grand Tour season 4 episode 2 about?
The exact theme of this episode is unclear, but as of late 2019 when promoting the Seamen special, Clarkson told Globalnews that the next episode “starts in La Réunion and then ends largely in Madagascar. We started on the very same beach that a Scotsman was eaten the other day.”
The shallow lagoons around there are snorkeling hotspots – but it doesn’t give us many clues of what to expect from this next episode. We do know that the hosts were “marooned” on a tropical island in November during filming for this special miles away from their crew, but they eventually made it out of Madagascar alive and well.
Presumably the trio will be wreaking as much havoc as ever. A now-removed job vacancy for a team member you can handle “grumpy officials” has now been pulled. With the capers the three have got up to in the past, lord help whomever gets that gig.