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The Grand Tour season 2 28 March 2018

The Grand Tour: 2017-2018, 11 episodes. Clarkson, May and Hammond continue to pretend to make a motoring programme.

It really has nothing to do with practical motoring, just as Top Gear mostly didn't: it's sports cars and impractical challenges, alas with the return of the celebrity interview segment (not made more interesting by taking them two at a time).

It's the challenges that I find most enjoyable: taking old Jaguars round Colorado to "prove they're reliable", refuelling on the move, or trying to break the British amphibious-vehicle water speed record. I think the first season must have been regarded as too subtle: this is blatant parody, with replacement vehicles of different colours never mind models, obviously fatal crashes, and occasional explosions. Anyone who still thinks this is a serious motoring show is really not paying attention.

I don't watch much comedy, so for all I know this may be done better elsewhere; but the team has settled into the new-ish format, and apart from the tedious celebrities it works quite well.

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