The Grand Tour takes Madagascar

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have yet another special arriving on Amazon Prime, this time hunting pirate treasure in Madagascar.







‘The Grand Tour presents: A Massive Hunt’ is set to drop on the 18th of December on Amazon Prime Video, and follows the trio as they drive to find treasure supposedly hidden by an 18th century pirate called La Buse, who allegedly buried £100 million worth of treasure somewhere in Seychelles.

Many have tried and failed to locate it, and when asked by the BBC if the gang really thought they could find it, Hammond said “Yes! I did all along. I’m a massive fan of all that stuff. It’s historical fact that a lot of these people did exist, as did their treasure. So you never know, there was a chance.” However, producer Andy Wilman simply responded, “Are you mentally deranged?”, seemingly less optimistic than Hammond.

Their journey once again involved a long drive in harsh conditions, and this time the three had to follow a map that took them along what sounds like the most difficult road they’ve had to manoeuvre yet. May told the BBC “I’ve never driven on a road that difficult to simply negotiate. It’s worse than the centre of Swindon, with all those mini roundabouts.”

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JULY 17: (L-R) Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May during a press event on July 17, 2015 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/WireImage)


The boys hope their journey will encourage others to take on the adventure themselves, and have a go at deciphering the instructions left behind by the pirate La Buse (The Buzzard). May said “The coded message is available in various books and online, and there are many ways of reading it and interpreting it, as I hope I showed, but if other people want to have a crack at it, I think that would be very interesting.”

The special was filmed before the coronavirus pandemic, and meant the team had to edit over Zoom, which producers describe as “a living hell”. Lockdown also meant that they had to think a little closer to home with their next adventure, and have reportedly filmed a smaller 60-minute special in Scotland.


You can catch up on The Grand Tour and the special episodes on Amazon Prime Video. 

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