Jeremy Clarkson details blowing up beach in Grand Tour special ‘Thorough test’

The Grand Tour: Jeremy Clarkson unveils ‘A Massive Hunt’

The Grand Tour finally returned for another globe-hopping adventure as Jeremy Clarkson and co. jetted off to Madagascar in search of pirate treasure. The former Top Gear host spoke to about his terrifying experience with dynamite in the latest Amazon Prime special.


Motorist and TV host Jeremy Clarkson opened up about blowing up the coast of Madagascar with dynamite when he spoke to about the latest instalment of The Grand Tour.

A Massive Hunt, the second special episode of season four, saw Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May journey across Madagascar in search of the pirate La Buse’s legendary buried gold.

Although the three co-hosts tried their best, Clarkson’s instinct that the stories were ‘nonsense’ turned out to be correct. 

Once at their final destination, Libertalia, the three treasure hunters tried all sorts of tactics to unearth the treasure.

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Unfortunately, Hammond’s metal detectors and May’s beach-combing contraption failed to yield anything of value; though they did stumble across what could have been the Holy Grail at the end of the episode.

Meanwhile, Clarkson opted for a less sophisticated yet undeniably more effective method and stuck several sticks of dynamite along the beach.

His tactics almost blew up in his face, quite literally, as the three minute countdown turned out to be a poor estimate, prompting Clarkson to rush back into his modded Bentley and speed off.

During promotion for the new special, the daring presenter revealed more about his heart-stopping experience with live explosives.

He revealed to that, thankfully, the noise of the detonation didn’t damage his ear drums, though he was still somewhat shaken by the experience.

Clarkson recalled: “The Bentley has got double glazing which deadened the sound somewhat.

“There was a bit of an alarm at the speed that fuse went. But, yeah it was a thorough test, let’s put it that way.”

The Grand Tour star also cast aspersions on his fellow presenters’ slower methods of searching for buried treasure.

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He said: “Never mind these metal detectorists, they want to get out there with some dynamite.”

After seemingly building a comfortable shelter/bar with his bare hands, it took Clarkson some persuading to help Hammond and May in the search for La Buse’s gold.

His attempts to work smarter, not harder, were certainly admirable, but their search for Madagascar’s buried treasure turned out to be nothing more than a wild goose chase.

Clarkson was disappointed when his attempt backfired, though the TV motorist admitted this was by no means the most frustrating portion of their adventure. 

Revealing the most challenging part of Madagascar, he said: “The road, the RM5. I’ve never seen anything like it. 

“There were boulders the size of washing machines and ruts so deep you could fall into them. It was so bloody difficult getting those three cars along that road.”

Thankfully, their arduous trip across Madagascar proved worthwhile and The Grand Tour finally delivered another thrilling episode following over a year of COVID-related delays.

The Grand Tour presents… A Massive Hunt is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. 

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