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Grand Tour star was rescued from monsoon during season 4 filming

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 5 days ago Dan Seddon
Jeremy Clarkson wearing a military uniform: The Grand Tour presenter Jeremy Clarkson has shared that James May had to be rescued during a rowing sequence filmed in Vietnam for the Amazon Prime show. © The Grand Tour - Amazon Prime The Grand Tour presenter Jeremy Clarkson has shared that James May had to be rescued during a rowing sequence filmed in Vietnam for the Amazon Prime show.

The Grand Tour star Jeremy Clarkson has revealed that filming on the show's upcoming fourth season went terribly wrong when the team were caught up in a monsoon in Vietnam.

As viewers will know, the fourth season of the show will get rid of the studio tent segments to focus more on the "specials" that see the trio travel all over the world.

Jeremy and his co-stars James May and Richard Hammond recently filmed the first of these specials in Vietnam and Cambodia, where they embarked on a rowing trip across part of the South China Sea before extreme weather forced them to stop production.

And according to Jeremy, it was his colleague James May that was the most caught up in the incident, revealing that James had to be rescued from the dangerous waters.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond standing in front of a mountain: Grand Tour season 2 episode 1, Switzerland - James May, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond (EMB until 28/11) © Amazon Grand Tour season 2 episode 1, Switzerland - James May, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond (EMB until 28/11)

"It transpired four people were killed an inch away from us. It's about the only time health and safety has made the correct decision," Clarkson said in his column (via The Sun).

"I, of course, was fine, but May had to abandon ship as crew boats were filling with water."

Explaining further in a recent Q&A video on his DriveTribe site, Jeremy revealed that the monsoon meant that filming for the first of these specials had an "incredibly dramatic ending".

"It was entirely accidental," he explained. "The ending we'd planned, that we'd spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on, that we had researched for months, didn't happen.

"Not a mile away from where we were, four people were killed and as a result of the conditions, we simply couldn't complete it – but because of the conditions we had one hell of an ending. It'll be an astonishing show."

We'll look forward to that!

The Grand Tour airs on Amazon Prime Video.

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