The Grand Tour

It's about blooming time, but finally Amazon Prime is going global, and you've got The Grand Tour to thank for that.

The service is hoping to piggy back the wave of anticipation building up for its new high-octane motoring show, hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond.

The trio originally hosted BBC's Top Gear show, which went on to become one of the most popular shows on TV across the globe.

The news comes as The Grand Tour is gearing up to launch in Amazon's current territories and was announced by presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond in a YouTube video on Wednesday, in which May said: "We have received a package from Amazon, which contains my glasses and a letter which says in December, we will be launching the show globally, which means you will be able to watch The Grand Tour in over 200 countries around the world."

According to Deadline, The Grand Tour's first episode, which can be downloaded or streamed on Friday, November 18, will be available to Amazon Prime subscribers in the UK, US, Germany, Austria and Japan in addition to five other territories before the service's global expansion next month.

It comes during a period of intense marketing for the new motoring series, which has included three synchronised car crashes in London, Berlin and Los Angeles, with badly damaged cars abandoned in the middle of the street labelled with the show's branding.

It became more apparent that Amazon was ultimately setting itself up for expansion with the company reshuffle announced last month, which saw Amazon Studios promote Head of Drama Development Morgan Wandell to a new post of Head of International Productions while Brad Beale, VP TV Content Acquisition for Prime Video, saw his role expand to include overseeing global selection of series for individual countries and licensing television content on a local and worldwide basis, reported Deadline.

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