Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May star in their new Prime Video series, The Grand Tour: A Scandi Flick and the executive producer Andy Wilman claimed the toughest cast member is easily Richard, aka ‘the Hamster’. The showrunner heaped praise on the youngest of the stars when he spoke to Express.co.uk after filming their latest adventure.
Andy has worked with The Grand Tour stars for over 20 years and knows Jeremy, James and Richard better than most people on the planet.
When asked by Express.co.uk who the toughest out of the three TV personalities is, he had no hesitation.
Andy replied: “Hammond is the one. If there’s a fight in the pub or you’re in the trenches he is the one you want. He’s like a terrier, he literally can handle anything.
“From the jet crash, I saw him in the hospital that time and his body was still fighting, he’s so tough – he’s like a little Jack Russell.”
Richard drove a jet-powered car in 2006 as part of a scene for BBC’s Top Gear when a tyre failure caused him to crash.
The TV personality spent two weeks in an induced coma and suffered brain injuries after his dramatic 318mph crash.
Andy continued: “You know when dogs don’t look in a mirror so they don’t know how big they are? So a small dog will take on an Alsatian.
“Although I don’t think he’s ever looked in the mirror anyway apart from dying his hair, so he’s the one you want by your side completely.”
For the special Scandinavian edition of their latest series, the trio travelled to the coast of Norway and one of the world’s most northerly points, before embarking on a race towards the Russian Border.
Andy also discussed the intense relationship Richard and his co-star’s still share, despite the length of time they have been working together.
He added: They bicker and do think things differently and so on, because they are so much part of it.
“So they have fallouts and then they come back together, and so on and so on.”
The producer remarked: “There’s a bit of age creeping in now, James was taking longer to get out of the hotel and they were like ‘Jesus, what is he doing now?'”
On this occasion it was James who was involved in a high speed car crash, although not as quick as Richard’s 17 years ago.
Filming for the series had to be stopped when James crashed his rally car while driving up to around 80mph into a dark tunnel as part of their latest challenge .
James survived without any serious injuries and his co-star shared the same amount of sympathy as fans of Top Gear and The Grand Tour have come to expect.
Richard admitted to Express.co.uk: “I think selfishly I was more relieved than anything else that somebody had maybe taken the focus off me and people stop asking me, ‘Oh, you’re always crashing.’ ‘Well not just me, is it?’”
“There was a brief fleeting moment of concern for James. But an overwhelming flood of concern for that fabulous car that he’d be buried in a wall. It’s unforgivable.”
The petrolhead joked: “It was quite nice for once to be on the other side of it. I decided that it’s much nicer not being the one who’s had the accident but being one of the ones watching.
“It’s a better idea. I think I might go that route in future, I prefer it.”
The Grand Tour Presents: A Scandi Flick launches on Prime Video on September 16.