The Grand Tour’s James May details ‘tiresome and pedantic’ filming frustrations of special

James continued: “The people I work with regularly, (the) director, the crew and so on, talked about it for several years, but as a bit of a joke. 

“And then we thought, ‘Well, why don’t we actually do it? For real? We’ve got a little bit of spare time.’ This is before COVID started. It was just quite fortunate that we ended up making a very suitable program for lockdown, I suppose. 

“But that was a pure coincidence. Obviously, we didn’t know it was coming. So we just went ahead and did it with the view that we, you know, we’ll finance it ourselves. 

“We’ll just make it and it isn’t any good, we’ll just throw it away and pretend it never happened. But then we kept going. That’s the danger with these things.”

James May: Oh Cook is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video now.

The Grand Tour: A Massive Hunt is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video from December 18.