Jeremy Clarkson's 'The Grand Tour' Opens With Most Expensive Intro On TV; New Program To be King Of Car Shows?

Oct 03, 2016 05:53 AM EDT | Fritz Flores

After a controversial parting with BBC last year, it seems like TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson is back on his feet again as he stages an extravagant comeback through his new show called "The Grand Tour."

The former "Top Gear" host is surely on his way to make waves once again as the opening for "The Grand Tour" is considered to be the most expensive production that was ever done on television.

According to The Sun, the whole opening scene totals to about £2.5 million in cost. The said sequence, which was filmed in a desert in California, begins with Clarkson and his co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May riding customized Ford Mustangs. This is then followed by a parade of almost 150 cars, including a Bugatti Veyron and a Rolls-Royce.

On top of that, the opening bit is accompanied with more than 2,000 petrolheads, acrobats, stilt-walkers and six jets flying over the said massive parade. With a production that great, it seems like "The Grand Tour" is on the running to be the king of car shows.

Some sources have even noted the bit resembled a scene that you would see in a sci-fi movie like Mad Max, The Daily Mail reports.

Other sources that they have interviewed have even gone describing it as a groundbreaking first in television history as they haven't seen anybody ever tried pulling off such act before.

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, also believes that "The Grand Tour" will be the start of Amazon Prime's involvement into the "golden age of television".

"The investment is very high now in serialised TV, and the amount of time you have to tell a story is much greater. That format change opens up a lot of storytelling possibilities, which, when mixed with the movie-like production standards, and the A-list talent, is why we're seeing amazing television," he adds.

This show also makes Clarkson as the highest-paid television presenter so far by sealing a £10 million per year deal with the online streaming service company.

"The Grand Tour" has reportedly started recording in South Africa last July and is expected to be launched on November 18. 

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