Seven has been using AFL Grand Final weekend to push news of a recent acquisition – the first season of The Grand Tour, the new motoring series from Amazon Prime Video featuring the former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.
As hosts of Top Gear, the trio have been regulars on BBC Knowledge, but on FTA TV their homes were SBS and more recently Nine.
Seven is believed to have struck a deal to show the first season of The Grand Tour, which coincides with the release of the second season for Amazon Prime Video subscribers, which is due to start soon.
As the title suggests, The Grand Tour was presented from a different location around the world, a format that is being modified for the second season.
The episodes for the first season started in California in the desert and then moved to South Africa, Whitby, Netherlands, Finland, Nambia, Germany, Scotland, Nashville and ended in Dubai.
There were some great highlights in the season as well as a couple of gags that fell very flat including the recurring “joke” about celebrity guests having tragic accidents on their way to the program. One of the more memorable highlights was the two-part special Beach Buggy Boys with the trio in a race along the African coastline.