Ouch! Clarkson and co have a public dig at BBC rivals by driving past the Cenotaph VERY QUIETLY INDEED in new episode of The Grand Tour
- Latest episode of The Grand Tour makes unsubtle dig at Top Gear Cenotaph row
- In March Top Gear’s Matt LeBlanc performed doughnuts next to war memorial
- Show was roundly criticised for the ‘disrespectful and Chris Evans apologised
- Cenotaph is briefly shown in clip for the next episode of Jeremy Clarkson’s show
The latest trailer for Jeremy Clarkson’s The Grand Tour makes a none-too-subtle dig at their Top Gear rivals by showing a clip of the Cenotaph.
For episode six of the hit Amazon Prime show Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May all head to Finland for a festive special, featuring snowy tundras and an exchange of unusual presents.
But a brief clip at the beginning of the trailer shows a red sports car cruising past London‘s Cenotaph – a clear dig at a Top Gear stunt which saw Matt LeBlanc doing doughnut wheelspins next to the war memorial which prompted outrage at the time.
In March this Top Gear stunt which saw Matt LeBlanc doing doughnut wheelspins next to the Cenotaph (pictured) in central London caused outrage – the show later apologised
In March Chris Evans was forced to apologise ‘unreservedly’ for the incident.
The broadcaster used his BBC Radio 2 show to try to quell mounting anger about the sequence as filming for the BBC Two show hit yet another crisis.
Evans, who took over presenting the show after Clarkson was sacked for hitting a producer, said: ‘On behalf of the Top Gear team and Matt I would like to apologise unreservedly for what these images seem to portray.
‘There’s been some very incendiary comments involved and written alongside these pictures and I completely understand all this furore’, but in attempt to distance himself from the stunt he added: ‘This isn’t a shoot I’m particularly involved in’.
A brief clip at the beginning of the latest The Grand Tour trailer shows a red sports car cruising past London’s Cenotaph – a clear dig at a Top Gear stunt which prompted outrage at the time
The latest trailer for Clarkson’s The Grand Tour makes a none-too-subtle dig at Top Gear
Politicians and a former Army chief quickly condemned the BBC for arranging the ‘gravely disrespectful’ sequence yards from Britain’s main war memorial.
Speaking at the time, Colonel Richard Kemp, a retired commander of British forces in Afghanistan, said: ‘It beggars belief that they were ever allowed to film here. This is a sacred tribute to millions of people who have done far more for their country than [show hosts] Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc ever will.’
It’s not the first time Clarkson and the team have made barbed comments at Top Gear’s expense.
Earlier this month he made a dig at Chris Evans as he compared his Top Gear failure to a lacklustre BMW on The Grand Tour.
For episode six of the hit Amazon Prime show Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May all head to Finland for a festive special, featuring snowy tundras and ice domes (pictured)
Clarkson couldn’t resist a swipe at his much-maligned replacement as his new motoring show headed to Whitby, in Yorkshire, for its fourth episode.
During the programme Jeremy took to the track to test drive a BMW M4 GTS and made his comments while reviewing the motor to a packed studio audience.
He remarked: ‘I admire BMW for really trying with that car, I really do. But my God, they made a hash of it.
‘In fact, I’m trying to think of a metaphor for someone who’s really tried their hardest with something and it hasn’t worked.’
He then added: ‘No, nothing’s coming to mind.’
Evans left Top Gear after just one season after admitting his efforts were not good enough.
The Grand Tour’s debut was lauded it as one of Amazon Prime’s biggest ever TV successes
In a statement, he said: ‘I have never worked with a more committed and driven team than the team I have worked with over the last 12 months. I feel like my standing aside is the single best thing I can now do to help the cause.
Tweeting to his 2.3 million followers, Evans added: ‘Stepping down from Top Gear. Gave it my best shot but sometimes that’s not enough.’
As well as cast and crew complaints over Evans’ temperamental personality, the motoring show struggled to attract viewers after he took the wheel.
It launched over a bank holiday weekend with 4.4 million overnight viewers, but then plummeted to 2.8 million for the second episode. The show never went back above that figure.
The Grand Tour’s debut was a complete contrast, with Amazon Prime lauding it as one of its biggest ever TV successes.
The streaming service has also claimed Clarkson, Hammond and May’s new effort broke viewing records, but it won’t reveal how many people have watched each episode.
Amazon Prime said the first episode was the subscription service’s biggest premiere, beating previous record holder, 2015’s The Man In The High Castle.