The Grand Tour season 4 delay: Boss reveals set back on Jeremy Clarkson series
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The Grand Tour amazed fans with the first edition of its season four specials back in December. Last year saw the release of season four’s feature-length episode titled Seamen on Amazon Prime Video. And while hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May looked eager to continue their adventures, they were already a little behind on creating their second episode of the season.
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Of course, shortly following the release of Seamen the world went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Because of this, viewers have been forced to wait a lot longer than anticipated for the second episode of the season.
Host Jeremy has been pretty open about the production and creation of the second episode of season four, and so has his producer.
Now, producer Andy Wilman has spoken out once again on when viewers can expect the next episode, and how it may be taking a little longer than expected because of its filming method.
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Andy recently spoke to Jeremy on a live quiz in association with DriveTribe, where they discussed the end of production.
During the chat, he explained how the team have quite a difficult task on their hands, as he said: “Most shows shoot a 10:1 ratio, which means they shoot ten hours for every one hour that goes on TV.
“We shoot 1,000:1. Most of that is the three guys talking. The guys do have off buttons for microphones – Hammond gets confused and turns his microphone off when he’s talking about the car, but when he’s talking about Mindy [his wife] or horse b****cks, it’s on.”
Diving further into the weeds about how long it takes for them to compile and edit all of the show’s footage, Andy continued: “It then takes five weeks to get all the footage into the machine because it’s 4K and all that stuff.
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“That’s before an editor can access it – then there’s five weeks of him breaking it down, taking out the bits of James [May] having a fag.
“Then he has to match up all the cameras. Then there was Christmas. Then there’s three months of shaping it – we set off without a script so there’s a lot of back and forth.”
Although viewers absolutely love how the hosts seem completely off-the-cuff during the aired episodes, that of course comes with a price.
Considering the cameras are always rolling, it takes quite a long time for the show to be condensed and edited down to a publishable state.
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Despite this, fans are patiently awaiting the next episode, which is due to be coming out within the coming months.
Fans also recently heard about the hardships Andy went through during editing from Jeremy.
During a separate quiz, Jeremy told fans how Andy suffered from coronavirus when he was originally supposed to be editing.
He told the livestream viewers: “All right then, well you may have heard there’s this – well there’s a problem if I’m honest.
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“The producer of the show – Andy Wilman – who also edits it for months and months and months… he had to take to his bed a few weeks ago with this weird new flu. Barely able to breathe.”
Assuring viewers he wasn’t speaking in jest in any way, he continued: “I’m not actually making this up – barely able to breathe – then he coughed his spleen out on a number of occasions. [He] was very very very poorly.”
Thankfully, it seems like Andy has made a full recovery, and is now working hard on the next set of episodes for The Grand Tour.
The Grand Tour season 4 returns to Amazon Prime Video in 2020.
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