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11th Dec 2016

People are breaking the law in record numbers to watch The Grand Tour

It's already the biggest motoring show... in the world

Tom Victor

Jeremy Clarkson’s new Amazon Prime show ‘The Grand Tour’ has been downloaded illegally more than any other programme, reports suggest.

Figures from piracy data analysts MUSO, published by the Mail on Sunday, indicate that the first three episodes of the motoring show have been the subject of a combined 18.9m illegal downloads, with 13.7% of the total originating in the UK.

‘The Grand Tour’ reportedly costs several millions per episode to make, and encouraged a number of ‘Top Gear’ fans to fork out for Amazon subscriptions to get their fill of Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

And, while the illegal download figures have reportedly been high, the number of legal downloads has also been through the roof according to the streaming service, who claim it has broken records ‘around the world’.

Amazon Prime video costs subscribers £79 per year, and also includes shows such as ‘Westworld’, ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘The Missing’.

‘The Grand Tour’ has a rating of 9.4/10 at the time of writing, suggesting diehard fans of Clarkson et al’s previous work have already warmed to the new project.

Filming has finished on the first series, with the final episode due to come to the streaming service early next year.

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