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Amazon Studios greenlights Japan with James May

March 11, 2019

Amazon Studios thas commissioned the six-part unscripted series Our Man In… Japan with James May (presenter of The Grand Tour and Top Gear). The new UK Prime Original series will be directed by nominee Tom Whitter for Plum Pictures where it will be exec produced by Will Daws. The team start filming immediately and it will launch exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories worldwide.

Fifteen years after May first visited Japan as a baffled tourist, he embarks on a quest to understand the unique, extraordinary and complex country. He will embark on an epic journey across all of Japan from North to South, determined to understand why this unique land and its people are the way they are, what drives their whole culture and what their approach to life can teach the rest of us.

“Japan is the most amazing place I’ve ever visited,” said May. “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,” said 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. We can’t wait to see what James and his talented team produce from this ambitious adventure.”


Amazon announced in December that they have entered into a deal with The Grand Tour hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, May and Executive Producer Andy Wilman, to develop brand new TV shows with them individually, which will see more of the popular presenters on Prime Video in the coming years.

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