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Grand Tour (2006 documentary)

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Grand Tour is a 2006 British motoring factual programme [1]. The film was sponsored by Goodyear Tyres and TVR Cars. It was presented by John L Matthews and Mike Nuttall, and produced and directed by John L Matthews [Extreme Driving, On the Limit TM, Le Mans - in the Lap of the Gods Bravo/Virgin TV, Le Mans Chasing the Dream, Deadliest Crash [2] BBC/Discovery , Grand Prix the Killer Years BBC/Discovery Channel 4 [3], Madness on Wheels BBC/Discovery [4], Madness in the Desert BBC Discovery [5], Rallying the Killer Years BBC WorldWide, Joey the Man Who Conquered the TT ITV] . The programme was initially made in 2005 and distributed from 2006 by Bigger Picture in Manchester.

The film used many innovations of the time notably on board Toshiba medical cameras and an on board mixing desk so that either presenter could mix sound at any time during filming. None of the film was set up whatsoever and it was entirely self shot, the director wishing to capture as much interaction with people and environment as possible without interruptions from any crew. There was extensive pre-production to ensure the no-set up model did not compromise the content.

Travel writer Peter Moore was consulted regarding the production after Matthews had read his book Vroom With a View [6] which inspired the production. Pilot Mark Jefferies was the weather advisor on the show. The design for the promotional material was influenced by Tim Moore's travel book cover of French Revolutions[7] which Paul Burnett used as a starting point for a cleaner less chaotic image to show a journey around Europe in a motor car.

The programme toured Europe, and described itself as "One continent. One 185 mph supercar. A once in a lifetime adventure. This is our answer to all the scripted and formulated ideas we see on the TV. Here is our dedication to being free! With no crew, no support vehicles. Life on the high road captured for real."

Jim White of the Daily Telegraph described it on Twitter as "The original Grand Tour long before Clarkson pinched the title", in reference to The Grand Tour (2016 TV series).[citation needed]

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