Richard Hammond involved in another ‘accident’ during Grand Tour filming, Clarkson states
Richard Hammond admits he’s scared of ‘hurting himself’
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Richard Hammond, 51, finds himself in another accident during the next episode of The Grand Tour, that sees him and fellow co-hosts – James May and Jeremy Clarkson – head up to Scotland for the special which was filmed last year. The father of two, who was involved in a major collision in 2006 while filming Top Gear, is not thought to have been injured, with Jeremy teasing the “fun” programme that awaits viewers.
It’s a fun programme
The latter explained what the latest episode entailed before dropping the revelation of Richard’s incident.
“Yeah, Hammond has an accident. That’s what you want to hear,” he joked to DriveTribe.
“So Hammond has an accident, May tried to be interesting which is hilarious, it’s a fun programme.
“It’s good, I think a lot of people will like Scotland.”
Richard was previously badly injured following a crash while behind the wheel of a Vampire Dragster on the Top Gear set, 15 years ago.
He has since admitted that he had “barely recovered” when he went back to film more episodes, after suffering a significant brain injury from the collision.
After leaving BBC’s Top Gear in 2015, Jeremy, James and Richard have filmed Grand Tour for Amazon Prime.
In the last televised special, the trio went to Madagascar to search for buried pirate treasure, however, due to restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, the trio will keep much closer to home in season four.
The Scotland Special started filming on September 28 in Edinburgh, with the presenters driving American cars.
James is in a red Cadillac, Richard is driving a green Buick, and Jeremy has a blue Lincoln.
The trio shot the intro for the special on the east coast of the UK, just south of the Scottish border.
Jeremy revealed that The Grand Tour began filming when coronavirus seemed to be “receding”, but the crew quickly realised that there would need to be a number of changes to how things were done.
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The motoring expert stated that he had to maintain a “six-foot” distance from his colleagues and could not touch anything on set unless it had been sterilised first.
Jeremy revealed: “In the summer, when it seemed as if the virus were receding, we decided to fire up The Grand Tour machine and head north of the border to spend a week or so watching Richard Hammond crash into things.
“I’m not suggesting for a moment that Amazon has a Terry but, my God, the rules of engagement it supplied were dizzying.
“We were to take our own testing lab on the 1,000-mile journey and the key players were to be tested every day, after filling out an online form that began by asking if we’d been tested before. ‘Yes. Yesterday’.
“Everyone on the crew had to maintain a distance of six-foot from one another, which is pretty tricky when you’re in a car. And anything anyone touched had to be sterilised before someone could touch it again,” he added to The Sunday Times.
The guidelines provided meant that locks were taken off the cars used to film, and hosts provided “their own screwdrivers to break in” with.
Jeremy continued: “The cost of meeting all these requirements was enormous. And that’s before we get to the fact we had to take over entire hotels, rather than rooms, and fly on our own plane.”
Whilst there, the columnist bumped into other TV stars who were also filming their programmes closer to home, including Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer.
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