Clarkson car show plans South Africa filming
Jeremy Clarkson’s new motoring show The Grand Tour – set to debut on Amazon later this year – will film its first studio work in the South African city of Johannesburg in July.
Clarkson co-presents with his former Top Gear colleagues James May and Richard Hammond, although the ‘studio’ scenes will take place in a “giant tent” rather than in a standard filming facility.
Each episode of The Grand Tour will be set in a different country, with studio links and segments to be shot locally as well, after the first filming session in Johannesburg.
“We love that Jeremy, Richard and James are touring the studio recordings of The Grand Tour, bringing this Amazon Original Series to fans around the world,” said Jay Marine, vice president of Amazon Video Europe.
“Given the popularity of Jeremy, Richard and James in South Africa, Johannesburg is a fantastic place to start. We’re excited to give fans the opportunity to be part of the first ever live studio audience for The Grand Tour.”
The BBC has just launched a new series of Top Gear with UK radio DJ Chris Evans and actor Matt LeBlanc as the new lead presenters – coincidentally the show also filmed scenes in South Africa earlier this year.
Cape Town and Johannesburg are the main production hubs in South Africa, and indeed for the African continent as a whole. Morocco in the north is one of the most popular parts of the world for desert locations and launched its first formal filming incentive late last year.
For more on filming in South Africa see our production guide.