The One Show: Richard Hammond discusses The Great Escapists
The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond is ditching the comfy car seats, high-speed car chases, and presenting duo Jeremy Clarkson and James May for his all-new pop-science venture, The Great Escapists. Richard has joined forces with Tory Belleci, best-known for his time on Mythbusters, for the Amazon Prime Video series in which the two will putting their scientific knowledge to the test as they battle the wilderness to survive on a desert island – all with some nail-biting drama thrown in for added effect.
And with the entire series dropping on Amazon Prime on January 29, fans will undoubtedly binge their way through the show in one go.
However, there is good news on the horizon as Richard exclusively revealed he’d be more than happy to team up with Tory once again, should the show be renewed.
Ahead of The Great Escapists premiere, Richard said when asked of a possible return to the island: “I’d love to go back.
“I’d love to make the show all over again. We had such a great time doing it.”
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He continued: “I’ve said lots of times, you know, TV folk, it filters out those who aren’t going to get on, (and they) don’t do it for long. But when you know you’re gonna be away with a bunch of people for two months, you know if I’m a pain in the backside, everybody’s life is worse.
“So everybody gets on. So they [the crew] were fabulous. They were great company, they’re a great bunch.
“We would all at the drop of a hat tomorrow go straight back out and do it all again – as I’m sure would any of us.”
The Great Escapists star did note that although filming took place in early-2020, right before the UK entered its first lockdown following a surge of coronavirus cases, it felt like they were filming in their very own quarantine.
“Bear in mind we were locked down effectively because there was only us on the island,” he explained.
“We saw no other faces for the whole time we were there – and this is before Covid was invented.
“So then we came back and four days later the country went into lockdown.
“We got off the aeroplane at Heathrow thinking, ‘Brilliant, I’m back home and go wherever I want and see my friends. What? Lockdown?’ That’s the end of that.”
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Given the stunning location The Great Escapists is filmed on, it’s no wonder Richard would be welcome to a return.
Opening up about the location, Richard divulged further: “It was off Panama, we researched the world to find somewhere where we knew we’d get the right weather at the right time of year.
“And that would be quiet, that there’d be nobody else on but that we could get 70 people onto, so we had to be able to land the plane there and boats.
“We had to ship everything we needed for the shoot. We were there for overall eight or nine weeks, so it’d be seven weeks of filming with 60 or 70 people, we had to get everything there and be able to live and work.
“So that’s why that place was chosen and it was perfect. We had beaches, a lot of flies, crocodiles, sharks, seawater, and trees.”
Richard added: “Yeah, that’s what we needed. It wasn’t a big island and we filmed all over it, we certainly saw it.
“It had everything we needed. It had all the different scenes within a small area that we wanted to create.”
Fans can explore the island along with Tory and Richard in all six episodes of the Great Escapists.
And given Richard’s eagerness for a second season, fingers crossed there will be plenty more experiments and drama to come.
The Great Escapists is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video now.
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