Jeremy Clarkson's life-threatening The Grand Tour scare: 'Four people died near us'

Jeremy Clarkson has hinted that The Grand Tour could undergo a format change. Prior to the release of their latest special Carnage A Trois, Mr Clarkson explained what fans could expect, and whether this could lead to longer term changes to the show. He said: “We’ll see how this one [series] is received, but there are plans to do something similar again. “But for now, we can’t wait to get back to doing more big foreign travel.

“So, it’s tricky because everything’s so fluid at the moment.

“It takes six months to plan a foreign trip for us, and who’s to know what’s going to happen in six months’ time?”

The Grand Tour has won millions of fans thanks to the trio’s ambitious trips and stunts.

But this nearly ended badly during their 2019 special filmed in Vietnam.

Mr Clarkson and his colleagues Richard Hammond and James May were hit by a monsoon in Vietnam as they rowed one of the world’s most treacherous seas — where four people had just perished.

Mr May had to be rescued when his boat was flooded by crashing waves, so producers pulled them out of the stunt.

They were travelling through the dangerous South China Sea at the time.

Speaking about the scare, Mr Clarkson said in 2019: “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.”

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

Speaking on his Drivetribe channel, the former Top Gear host added: “It was an incredibly dramatic ending, which was entirely accidental.

“The ending we’d planned, that we’d spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on, that we had researched for months, didn’t happen.

“As a result of the conditions we simply couldn’t complete [the shoot] but because of the conditions we had one hell of an ending ‒ an astonishing ending.”

Mr Hammond is no stranger to life-threatening accidents.

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“They stuck me to a spine-board. As the helicopter was starting up, I did say: ‘I need a telephone to call my wife.’

“So they got me one. ‘Mindy, you’re going to see this on social media fairly soon. I just need you to know here I have run checks on my own head. I can remember the date and so on. So, all right. It’s nothing that won’t mend.’

“But I don’t want to do that again. There would be a sense-of-humour loss. It would be disrespectful.”

Mr Hammond was asked whether he ever thought about stopping his driving stunts after the big 2006 crash.

He responded: “I didn’t consider stopping. No. I have worked in broadcasting for 33 years and I have been unbelievably lucky. My work has given me everything. So, I wouldn’t walk away from that.”