• Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May filming in Whitby
  • The trio were spotted filming episode for upcoming series, The Grand Tour
  • Trailer for The Grand Tour released online last week to the delight of fans

Amie Gordon For Mailonline

It is set to be one of the most anticipated shows of the year.

And former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have travelled the world to film episodes for their explosive, action-packed new Amazon Prime series, The Grand Tour. 

But today the crew brought their antics slightly closer to home – when they were spotted filming in Whitby, Yorkshire. 

While on set Clarkson could be seen taking a break in-between takes, enjoying a cigarette with crew members. 

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Deep in thought: The trio looked pensive on the set of The Grand Tour in Whitby

Deep in thought: The trio looked pensive on the set of The Grand Tour in Whitby

Jeremy Clarkson took a break from filming the hotly-anticipated series to enjoy a cigarette

Jeremy Clarkson took a break from filming the hotly-anticipated series to enjoy a cigarette

Clarkson and co announced they would be filming in the Yorkshire seaside town on social media a day earlier 

Clarkson and co announced they would be filming in the Yorkshire seaside town on social media a day earlier 

The trio announced their arrival in the seaside town on social media yesterday – taking to Twitter to discuss their next filming location. 

Much to the delight of fans, James May tweeted: ‘Fancy cod ‘n’ chips @Richard Hammond and @Jeremy Clarkson?’

Clarkson replied: ‘I’m up for that. Whitby?’

May responded: ‘Excellent choice. Best fish ‘n’ chips in t’ world.’ 

Filming for The Grand Tour got underway in Whitby today, on what is the team’s first stop in the UK for the upcoming series.

Recording will take place in front of a live studio audience today and tomorrow in a huge tent which has been erected in the Endeavour Wharf car park in Whitby. 

This is the first time that the former Top Gear trio will be filming in the UK for their upcoming series on Amazon, after previous recordings of the show taking them to Johannesburg and California, among other locations. 

The Grand Tour launches on November 18, exclusively for Amazon Prime members.

Recording will take place in front of a live studio audience today and tomorrow in a huge 'Grand Tour' tent

Recording will take place in front of a live studio audience today and tomorrow in a huge ‘Grand Tour’ tent

It seemed the cold and wet conditions in Yorkshire may have damped the mood of the stars on set

It seemed the cold and wet conditions in Yorkshire may have damped the mood of the stars on set

Despite his cigarette breaks, it appeared Clarkson was taking filming seriously as he was deep in discussion with James May 

Despite his cigarette breaks, it appeared Clarkson was taking filming seriously as he was deep in discussion with James May 

Whitby is the first stop in the UK for the Amazon Prime series, The Grand Tour

Whitby is the first stop in the UK for the Amazon Prime series, The Grand Tour

In between shots, the pair stood on a raised platform in Whitby Harbour - where there will, no doubt, be some action-packed scenes 

In between shots, the pair stood on a raised platform in Whitby Harbour – where there will, no doubt, be some action-packed scenes 

The presenter donned a navy cardigan and shirt as he filmed the programme later in the afternoon

The presenter donned a navy cardigan and shirt as he filmed the programme later in the afternoon

The trio announced their arrival in the seaside town on social media yesterday - taking to Twitter to discuss their next filming location

The trio announced their arrival in the seaside town on social media yesterday – taking to Twitter to discuss their next filming location

Promising to be adrenaline-fuelled and hilarious in equal parts, the first full trailer for The Grand Tour was released last week. 

The new programme which features the former Top Gear stars is set to be their most thrilling show to date.

Clarkson, 56, Hammond, 46, and May, 53, all left the BBC show last year and started filming the upcoming series on Amazon Prime.

The programme, which will be shown weekly from November 18, will show the three car enthusiasts enjoy a ‘grand tour’ – which the trailer described as being ‘one incredible adventure’. 

The programme, which will be shown weekly from November 18, will show the three car enthusiasts enjoy a 'grand tour'

The programme, which will be shown weekly from November 18, will show the three car enthusiasts enjoy a ‘grand tour’

Audience members filled the tent and listened intently as the trio took centre stage

Audience members filled the tent and listened intently as the trio took centre stage

Clarkson took time out from filming the show to enjoy a smoke with crew members 

Clarkson took time out from filming the show to enjoy a smoke with crew members 

The star wrote on Twitter days earlier: 'if you think the trailer is good, which I hope you do, wait till you see the opening sequence....'

The star wrote on Twitter days earlier: ‘if you think the trailer is good, which I hope you do, wait till you see the opening sequence….’

The 56-year-old presenter was shouting into his mobile at one point, as his co-hosts gazed out the window

The 56-year-old presenter was shouting into his mobile at one point, as his co-hosts gazed out the window

Cutting a relaxed figure, Clarkson took himself outside for a number of smoking breaks

Cutting a relaxed figure, Clarkson took himself outside for a number of smoking breaks

Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond spotted taking a break from filming The Grand Tour

Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond spotted taking a break from filming The Grand Tour

The pulsating trailer shares similarities with a Hollywood blockbuster and shows a tank blowing up a car, a tense helicopter chase and Clarkson speeding past on a jet ski.

And it seems the trio – who agreed to make the new show with former Top Gear producer Andy Wilman – share the same camaraderie they had on the old show.

At the start of the 94-second clip, May got out of a car and revealed that he had broken his arm. 

And it appears the constant mocking, which featured heavily in the original series, is still present in the new show.

Promising to be adrenaline-fuelled and hilarious in equal parts, the first full trailer for The Grand Tour was released last week

Promising to be adrenaline-fuelled and hilarious in equal parts, the first full trailer for The Grand Tour was released last week

Later in the afternoon, the crew took their antics to Whitby Harbour - where Clarkson got through more cigarettes

Later in the afternoon, the crew took their antics to Whitby Harbour – where Clarkson got through more cigarettes

Inside the mammoth Grand Tour trailer, Clarkson could be seen reading what appears to be a script

Inside the mammoth Grand Tour trailer, Clarkson could be seen reading what appears to be a script

Fans of the comedic trio met the news they would be coming to Whitby with delight - suggesting places they could go in between filming 

Fans of the comedic trio met the news they would be coming to Whitby with delight – suggesting places they could go in between filming 

Keeping it casual, Clarkson and May wrapped up against the chilly Yorkshire day in jeans and hoodies

Keeping it casual, Clarkson and May wrapped up against the chilly Yorkshire day in jeans and hoodies

Clarkson and May were deep in discussion in Yorkshire, their first stop in the UK for the new series

Clarkson and May were deep in discussion in Yorkshire, their first stop in the UK for the new series

Hammond – who was sporting a new goatee beard – quipped: ‘Which arm have you broken?’ – despite seeing his friend’s right arm in a sling.

Clarkson, who was informed by the BBC that his contract would not be renewed last year, then burst out laughing after hearing Hammond’s comment.

Meanwhile, hundreds of fans can then be seen crowding around a vehicle which Hammond was driving along a busy street.

Clarkson was also seen wearing a cream suit and joked: ‘Looking good is more important than where you’re going.’ 

The pulsating trailer for the new series shares similarities with a Hollywood blockbuster and shows a tank blowing up a car, a tense helicopter chase and Clarkson speeding past on a jet ski

The pulsating trailer for the new series shares similarities with a Hollywood blockbuster and shows a tank blowing up a car, a tense helicopter chase and Clarkson speeding past on a jet ski

On the official Twitter page for The Grand Tour, the crew wrote simply, 'It's a wee bit rainy and windy isn't it now?'

On the official Twitter page for The Grand Tour, the crew wrote simply, ‘It’s a wee bit rainy and windy isn’t it now?’

James May and his co-stars have launched themselves into their new series, available to watch in November

James May and his co-stars have launched themselves into their new series, available to watch in November

The programme, which will be shown weekly from November 18, will show the three car enthusiasts enjoy a 'grand tour' - which the trailer described as being 'one incredible adventure'

The programme, which will be shown weekly from November 18, will show the three car enthusiasts enjoy a ‘grand tour’ – which the trailer described as being ‘one incredible adventure’

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