It’s rare a popular programme successful transitions to new less accessible circumstance, and Amazon spending on the Grand Tour betting it would bring in viewers for their new subscription service was a risky wager worthy of any big buck BetVictor punter, however fortunately for all the first series of the Grand Tour was largely very successful and you can just bet on the next series to be even better, but as the trio of petrol-heads strive to find a new formula away from Aunty, what should they axe?
- Was the first series too tentative in its approach?
- Did the transition go better than anyone at Amazon had hoped?
- Was The Grand Tour betting their big budget would see them through?
- What changes will they need to make in Series 2 to keep up the pace?
It was Kenny Everett who did it best. He transitioned from ITV to the BBC like a hostage exchange and brought his audience along to what he first coined as “Aunty Beeb”. Howard Stern was less successful at it in the US, and the Great British Bake Off has a whole host of new challenges where it now resides. Bookies won’t even take wagers on it now despite it not breaking UK gambling laws, and that says everything really. Meanwhile the Grand Tour betting boldest is best, set off on their travels.
“It’s very unlikely we’ll be fired now. We’re on the internet. I could pleasure a horse.”
Set free from the shackles of their comfortable warehouse next to a aerodrome in southern England the trio took to the Grand Tour betting that constantly changing scenery would distract from the sudden change of scenery. Without the Top Gear trademark segments, fiercely protected by the BBC legal department, they were challenged to reinvent the wheel and recreate their success without repeating it, something that not even Amazon could have known would be possible. Perhaps that’s why they opened big.
(source: Evening Standard)
New Era Heralded By The Hothouse Flowers
“He’s basically a shaved ape in a shirt.”
The opening sequence of the first episode demonstrated the Grand Tour betting on a new beginning, and bigger budget, being all they could ever wish for. To the strains of The Hothouse Flowers playing “I can see clearly now” the first scene showed just how far the trio of Richard Hammond, James May and the irrepressible Jeremy Clarkson were willing to go. From California to South Africa, Namibia to Finland this was a traveling show in their very own tent, but not all was as it should be, was it?
It was never going to be the same but the American driver they had setting timed laps was ghastly to sit through, the celebrity section seemed a tad flat, the running joke about the guests being horrifically, and in some cases savagely, killed prior to actually appearing perhaps running just a little thin in face of their wholesale inability to act (Richard Hammond way too hammy even for a hamster) but despite the teething troubles Amazon execs watched their Grand Tour betting spend pay off every single episode.
(source: Digital Spy)
TV Critics In The UK Gambling News Headlines Will Boost Amazon Profile
There hadn’t been clear odds at BetVictor on this working out, and Amazon are lucky that Clarkson, comfortable wherever he has a rapt audience, has settled in fine to the new setup, and Hammond isn’t bad at the studio chat either, and whilst James May hasn’t looked quite as at home in the new traveling circus, some episodes he appeared to be phoning it in at best, he’s manifestly going to stick it out meaning we can watch the Grand Tour betting on seeing this line up of hosts for some time to come.
“We work because we hate each other. That’s the magic formula.”
The first series of the Grand Tour proved that the 250 million pound wager Amazon had made on this tentpole marketing had worked, they staked a lot and won, something each of us should take to heart when we’re placing our bet on sports in the UK at BetVictor where we will not so easily be able to avoid paying our fair share of tax. The question is can the second series of The Grand Tour build on the first or is, ironically, the format of a motoring television show hampered by unnecessary mobility? We take a look here.