Amazon Prime, seems to consolidate not only as a studio for self produced audiovisual contents but also as a production hub of acclaimed shows.
At least this comes out of the audience and engagement figures provided by Amazon related to The Grand Tour.
The series show the amazing travel of three friends that go around the world driving their sports cars and living all kind of high adrenaline real adventures. It has all the ingredients of a reality show or doccumentary with no way glamurous protagonists, able to hook the audience.
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Amazing response from the public and critics
The first episode of The Grand Tour was released at 00.01 GMT on Friday 18th November, and customers immediately started tweeting their thoughts on it.
Further episodes will be released weekly over the next 11 weeks for Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria and Japan, and the show will premiere worldwide for Amazon customers in over 200 countries and territories in December.
The show has been the top rated TV show or movie on IMDb, the world’s most popular source of movie and TV data, with an overall rating of 9.6 and over 10,000 votes. It is also rated 4.9 out of 5 stars by more than 15,000 customers on Amazon, and currently has a score of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.
In addition to the unprecedented customer response, The Grand Tour has received outstanding critical acclaim from media around the world. The oppinions published on The Guardian, The New York Post, The Independent, Mail Online, The London Evening Standard, The Daily Mirror, Newsweek.
“The guys are back, doing what they do best – the chemistry between Jeremy, Richard and James is what makes The Grand Tour so entertaining,” said Jeff Bezos, Chief Executive Officer of Amazon. “Their creativity, along with the amazing production quality and 4K HDR streaming, has Prime members responding in a big way. Kudos and congrats to the whole team.”
The filming set itself as an event that promotes the series
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have been filming the first season of The Grand Tour in far-flung locations across the globe. The studio portion of the show takes place in a travelling tent in locations ranging from Johannesburg to California, Scotland to Rotterdam, Lapland to Nashville, Whitby in North Yorkshire to Stuttgart and the final stop in Dubai. The first episode kicked off in California, when Jeremy, Richard and James took their famous studio tent to Dry Rabbit Lake. Thousands of fans from across the U.S. travelled to the desert near Lucerne Valley, outside of Los Angeles for The Grand Tour’s very own “Burning Van” festival which was part of the opener of the first ever episode.
Image over the headline.- Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May the protagonists of The Grand Tour show. © Amazon.
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