Grand Tour's Richard Hammond bringing new survival series to Amazon Prime Video

The TV presenter will be shipwrecked with Mythbusters Tory Belleci for the epic new show.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 10 August 2020 - 11.46pm

Richard Hammond is getting his own Amazon Prime Video series, and it will be dramatic departure for the Grand Tour presenter.

Hammond will be shipwrecked on a beautiful desert island for the new series and challenged to not only survive, but also create a 'paradise island'.

Rather than his usual pals Jeremy Clarkson and James May, Hammond will have some more useful suppport on the island from his Mythbusters legend Tory Bellici.

What is the new series about?

Tory Belleci doing a Mythbusters experiment Rex/Shutterstock
Tory Belleci doing a Mythbusters experiment

The series follows Richard and Tory as they masterfully construct their exotic wonderland using what they have from the shipwreck and what they can find on the island.

Each episode will see them take on huge feats of engineering to achieve epic builds in what will be a once in a lifetime operation for the two lovers of science, engineering and making the impossible, possible. The duo's hare-brained builds will range from island hopping vehicles to a supersized hydro-power waterwheel.

What is the inspiration for the new series?

Tory Belleci - Star of Discovery Channel's Mythbusters Rex/Shutterstock
Tory Belleci - Star of Discovery Channel's Mythbusters

"Somebody needs to take hold of Popular Science as a genre and reinvent it for a new age.  And there are only two people to do that job. Unfortunately neither of them are available so it’s me and Tory Belleci," said Richard Hammond. 

"Working with Amazon, who have demonstrated their faith in us by commissioning this hugely ambitious show, we shall create something genuinely fresh and new on a scale of greatness never before seen. There’s every chance that both Tory and I shall make it back from the island alive and sane...Probably."

Tory Belleci said: "I'm so excited to be working with Richard for the first time. This is gonna get crazy!"

Georgia Brown, Amazon Originals director said: "This show is all about going to the extremes to pull off the impossible.

"And with this outstanding duo at the helm, I can't wait to see what lengths they will go to in order to create a series that is sure to stun and delight our viewers across the globe."


When will the Richard Hammond series be released?

Richard Hammond on Lorraine Rex/Shutterstock
Richard Hammond has promised an "epic" pop science series

The currently untitled Richard Hammond series will air in 2020 on Amazon Prime Video.

In an interview with Drive Tribe (below), Hammond speaks about his great excitment at bringing back 'pop science' to TV - in a similar style to his former series Brainiac.

Although more details about the series are top secret, Hammond promises fans that the survival series features "epic" moments and TV "unlike anything that's been done before".

When is The Grand Tour back?

The Grand Tour Amazon Prime Video
Clarkson, Hammond and May at the Grand Tour launch

A new Grand Tour special featuring Clarkson, Hammond and May on their biggest adventure yet - a road trip across Madagascar is coming in 2020 on Amazon Prime Video.

Jeremy Clarkson is currently filming his own Prime Video series I Bought The Farm.

James May released travel series Our Man in Japan earlier this year and returns in the autumn with his own cookery series, Oh Cook!

Amazon Prime Video is now on BT TV.