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Amazon sends “The Grand Tour” host James May to Japan

Amazon Studios has commissioned a six-part unscripted series following The Grand Tour host James May on a trip to Japan. Our Man In…Japan will see May (pictured) on a journey across the whole country, ...
March 11, 2019

Amazon Studios has commissioned a six-part unscripted series following The Grand Tour host James May on a trip to Japan.

Our Man In…Japan will see May (pictured) on a journey across the whole country, learning about its history, culture and people. He doesn’t speak Japanese, is clueless about Japanese etiquette, and the last time he visited, 15 years ago, he was a baffled tourist.

The series is part of an ongoing Amazon Studios deal with the hosts of The Grand Tour, signed last December, to produce new TV shows featuring each individually.

Executive produced by Will Daws for Plum Pictures and Andy Wilman for Amazon Studios, Our Man In…Japan has already started filming and will launch exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories worldwide. A premiere date has not yet been set.

“Japan is the most amazing place I’ve ever visited,” said May in a statement. “Everything about it is a surprise: a boiled sweet, a bullet train, an unexpected ancient temple, and the challenge of eating a single edamame bean with chopsticks. It’s a class A stimulant for all the senses, and an etiquette minefield for the unwary. I intend to immerse myself in it completely, in the pursuit of enlightenment and life balance. And I bet the noodles will be fantastic.”

“We’re incredibly excited to announce this new project with James, which will see him take on an epic thousand mile journey across ancient Japanese islands, mega cities, and all points in between,” added Georgia Brown, director of Prime Original Series in Europe. “The Grand Tour fans around the world will be delighted to hear that they will have even more James May on their screens.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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