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Richard Hammond was worried his new show The Great Escapists ‘wouldn’t work’

Richard Hammond revealed he was worried that his new show The Great Escapists ‘wouldn’t work’.

The Grand Tour host recently launched his new Amazon Prime series which sees him and Mythbusters’ Tory Belleci stranded on a desert island as they desperately try to get back to civilisation.

What could possibly go wrong?

Speaking to Simon Rimmer and Tim Lovejoy on today’s Sunday Brunch, Richard explained that on the first day of filming, he feared he would be in trouble if the series didn’t go to plan.

‘Did you hit any point during the eight weeks where you thought “You know what, this has been a really bad idea”,’ Simon quizzed.

‘There was moment one on the beach, it’s my company making it so I felt really responsible,’ Richard laughed.

‘And standing in front of Tory, who I’d hung out with as we were writing it and planning it and it wasn’t until day one, scene one.

‘The director says “Action” and I look at Tory and think “Wait a minute, we’ve never worked together, what if it doesn’t work?”‘

‘All of these people have come here, I am going to be in a lot of trouble. But, it did thankfully,’ he added.

How do Richard and Tory cope stranded on a desert island? (Picture: Amazon Prime)

The former Top Gear presenter went on to add that he also came up with a catchphrase while filming, but no one liked it.

‘We came up with the circumstance in which we would have to use science and stuff to solve everyday problems,’ he continued.

‘And then we thought “If we’ve been stranded on a deserted island with just a shipwreck, we could salvage stuff from the shipwreck to no only make our lives possible but better.

‘Then I came up with a catchphrase, you’ll like it Tim, you like a catchphrase.

‘I’ll try it on you, I tried this at the pitch to Amazon. People from my team were grinding their teeth to powder because they hated it.

‘We don’t want to just survive, we want to surthrive…’

Sunday Brunch returns next Sunday at 9.30am on Channel 4 and The Great Escapists is available on Amazon Prime.

Credit: Original article published here.

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