Jeremy Clarkson and James May pretty jealous about Richard Hammond’s new Amazon gig

FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT! | Richard Hammond and Tory Belleci in The Great Escapists. (Photo: Amazon Prime Video)
FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT! | Richard Hammond and Tory Belleci in The Great Escapists. (Photo: Amazon Prime Video)
  • Richard Hammond just launched a new Amazon Prime Video series.
  • The Great Escapists sees him team up with Tory Belleci from MythBusters.
  • The show was filmed on a secluded island and Richard’s Grand Tour cast members are pretty miffed they missed out.

The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond and MythButsters alumni Tory Belleci star together in a brand-new Amazon Prime Video series, The Great Escapists.

The show, which is currently available on the streaming service, sees the dynamic duo surviving a shipwreck when their fishing boat gets destroyed in a massive storm - blown hundreds of miles off course they crash-land on a deserted island.

Luckily, they both made it out unscathed, but are now stuck in an unknown location surrounded by deadly currents and tides and need to think on their feet to find help or escape. With their brain powers combined, the pair uses their engineering and expert scientific prowess to develop creative solutions to get back to civilisation.

In a one-on-one interview with News24 Richard revealed that his Grand Tour cast members are pretty jealous that he got to spend seven weeks filming a new show on an island.

"You've never seen jealousy like it. Just chewing their knuckles. Crying and begging: 'Please can we do that'. I've hardly spoken to them since,” Richard told News24.

He added: "They're gutted. I'm sorry you can't all be on it. Tory is younger and better looking, and more American than them. But the show really needed someone else to do it with, and really it was only Tory that was willing."

But, Richard did pay homage to Jeremy on his new show. When he finds a "leathery old ball" on the island he calls it "Clarkson". The old soccer ball becomes a third character in the show in the way that Wilson was a character in the Tom Hanks film Cast Away.

The Great Escapists is a six-episode series that sees the competitiveness of Grand Tour meet the innovation of MythBusters.  

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE: What do you get when you put Richard Hammond and Tory Belleci on a desert island together? Fireworks and explosions!

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