Richard Hammond will take a break from his “Grand Tour” duties to make a series about the world’s greatest structures and machines for Discovery. The former “Top Gear” presenter fronts Amazon’s “Grand Tour” with Jeremy Clarkson and James May well, but is going solo for “Richard Hammond’s Massive!”
Hammond’s Chimp Productions will make the show, which will see him travel the globe and discover how engineers go about developing, keeping and working with the featured superstructures, such as the world’s longest underground railway tunnel and a substantial cargo ship. He will discover the science behind them with a series of experiments.
Discovery has set the series up as worldwide commission. In the U.K. it will be on Discovery Channel and in the U.S. on Science Channel. In Germany, Italy, and Spain it will be on DMAX.
“I enjoy engineering and the science behind it,” Hammond stated. “And the larger the far better. It is going to be reality filled and substantial exciting. It is going to be Massive! This is a amazing commission for Chimp and I appear forward to displaying what we can bring to it.”
Fulvia Nicoli, EVP, head of solution, Discovery International added: “As a planet-renowned talent that audiences across the globe enjoy, we’re delighted to welcome Richard and his infectious brand of curiosity to the Discovery family members.”
“The Grand Tour” presenters all have solo projects outdoors of the motoring show, which is set for a revamp on Amazon. Clarkson has hosted the “Who Desires to be a Millionaire” reboot for ITV and James May well is heading to Japan for a new travel show for Amazon.
Hammond’s other operate contains fronting Sky’s “Brainiac: Science Abuse” and physical gameshow “Total Wipeout.”