The Grand Tour boss addresses why filming was stopped on Lochdown mid-production

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The Grand Tour presents: Lochdown sees the three hosts – Jeremy Clarkson, 61, Richard Hammond, 51, and James May, 58 – travel to the Outer Hebrides for their latest venture. Due to the ongoing restrictions imposed as a result of the pandemic, the presenters and film crew travelled to the Scottish highlands instead of somewhere more exotic. However, the executive producer for the Amazon Prime series, Andy Wilman, 58, sat down for an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk and spoke about the production having to be shut down on certain days because of certain rules.

Andy explained of the location: “I’d say visually, it stands out, even though it’s not far away and in relative terms, it stands up to anywhere in the world in terms of beauty.

“It’s stunning,” he added, before giving a reason for why the production had to be stopped at the weekends.

“It is quite out there in that we couldn’t work on a Sunday, because of the religious rules in the local community.

“If we lifted a finger, it’s a dispensation. So you are going to a community that is very distinct and very of its own rules, customs and so on.”

However, it seems the production crew weren’t the only ones who headed to the Scottish location to film some content.

The executive producer explained: “It was out there but also it’s quite hilarious that wherever we went, we were tripping over other film crews because everyone had the same idea.

“‘Where’s the nearest most beautiful place I could go?’ So we walk into this hotel in the middle of nowhere.

“Joanna Lumley’s in the reception with her film crew and she should have been in Timbuktu, but now she’s in Scotland.

“I walk out the door and a cameraman comes around the corner. I’m like, ‘You’re not on our show,'” Andy continued.

It’s a dispensation

Andy Wilman

“He goes, ‘No, I’m doing SAS down the road’. Every b****y show you can think of; League of Their Own, Top Gear,” Andy added.

“We’re all piling into Scotland. So that was quite funny,” the executive producer remarked and despite all the logistical difficulties, the episode was completed in time to air this July.

Lochdown is the third instalment to come from season four of the Amazon Prime series.

Instead of a whole 14 episodes dropping on the streaming service at once, the consequences of the pandemic has meant one instalment of the iconic programme has been broadcast each year since 2019.

Taking to social media, The Grand Tour fans have been sharing their reaction to the new episode, with one writing: “The new #grandtour episode is great I loved it @JeremyClarkson.”

Another posted: “Brilliant stuff #Lochdown #grandtour Crying with laughter at one point. Anyone know where the Chinese themed sports bar is?”

Whilst a third commented: “@JeremyClarkson @MrJamesMay @RichardHammond Great show again Thumbs up look forward to all the others #grandtour.”

Not everyone was pleased as a fourth shared: “The new #grandtour wasn’t as good as it was anticipated to be. It was good don’t get me wrong, but they’ve done so much better before. Little bit disappointed #Lochdown.”

Andy explained the team were actually meant to go to Russia for the latest episode, but restrictions meant they couldn’t travel.

The executive producer said: “Managing it was what was one job and the genesis of it was, we were supposed to be shooting two big movie-length specials in 2020.

“We’ve done one in Madagascar and we were supposed to be going to Russia to do one, northern Russia in winter.

“We were supposed to go somewhere else in the summer of 2020, and all that obviously, when Boris Johnson said to stay at home and the world shut down, that all went to s**t.”

The Grand Tour presents: Lochdown is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

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