DVDs/Downloads: Clarkson, Hammond and May back on the road in The Grand Tour
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THE GRAND TOUR – Season 2 (13 episodes, starts streaming from December 8 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, Special Interest/Comedy)
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May get their motors running as the turbo-charged second series of The Grand Tour burns rubber exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
The 13 episodes promise more thrills and spills as the trio – combined age 158 – spend more than 100 days screeching across five continents including pit stops in Colorado, Croatia, Dubai, Mozambique, New York, Spain and Switzerland.
The programme's giant studio tent may have been relocated to a permanent home in the Cotswolds but the trademark cocktail of pithy commentary, daredevil stunts and aching joints is just as potent, including a vertiginous slalom down the side of a snow-laden mountain in tribute to the 1973 James Bond film, Live And Let Die.
Episodes are released each week to ensure Clarkson, Hammond and May are delighting fans with their tomfoolery into spring 2018.
THE TUNNEL: VENGEANCE (6 episodes, starts streaming from December 14 exclusively on NOW TV, Thriller/Drama/Romance)
Emotionally-scarred detectives Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and Elise Wassermann (Clemence Poesy) reunite in the six concluding episodes of the Anglo-French co-production inspired by the critically acclaimed Scandinavian drama The Bridge, which screens on Sky Atlantic and streams exclusively on NOW TV.
This series, three British children vanish without trace from their home in Kent. On the other side of the English Channel, in Calais, a French Eurotunnel worker is attacked by a plague of ravenous rats.
Karl and Elise probe the circumstances of these two seemingly unconnected incidents and their investigations intersect in the search for a suspect, who openly questions the value that society places on the young.
In their haste to unmask the perpetrator, both detectives must make personal sacrifices to protect the people they care about – including each other.
GAME OF THRONES – The Complete Seventh Season (Cert 15, 434 mins, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, available now on Amazon Video/iTunes/NOW TV and other download and streaming services, available from December 11 on DVD £39.99/Blu-ray £49.99, Fantasy/Adventure/Drama/Action/Romance)
The Emmy Award-winning fantasy drama filmed partly in Northern Ireland blazes on to home formats after a hugely successful run on Sky Atlantic. The blood-soaked episodes of the penultimate season are laden with betrayal and jaw-dropping twists as feuding clans jostle for supremacy over bitter rivals.
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) schemes to seize back the Iron Throne of Westeros while Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), the newly crowned Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, consolidates her position.
Elsewhere, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) valiantly organises a defence of the north and faces a revolt that could undermine his fragile plans, and Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) makes his own plans to conquer Westeros.
The seven-disc DVD and Blu-ray box sets comprise all seven episodes plus cast and crew commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes and a previously unseen animated history of the seven kingdoms entitled Game Of Thrones: Conquest & Rebellion.
THE ODYSSEY (Cert PG, 122 mins, Altitude Releasing, available from December 11 on Amazon Video/BT TV Store/iTunes/Sky Store/TalkTalk TV Store and other download and streaming services, also available from December 11 on DVD £15.99/Blu-ray £17.99, Drama/Romance)
Based on Albert Falco and Yves Paccalet's non-fiction book Capitaine De La Calypso, The Odyssey is a French biographical drama that explores the relationship between biologist and adventurer Jacques-Yves Cousteau (Lambert Wilson) and his favoured son Philippe (Pierre Niney).
Director Jerome Salle opens with the 1979 plane crash involving Philippe then rewinds to chart Jacques' rise to fame from the 1940s with the unstinting support of his wife, Simone Melchior Cousteau (Audrey Tautou).
At first, Jacques makes time for Simone and his two boys, Jean-Michel (Benjamin Lavernhe) and Philippe, but new-found success places greater demands on his time. He neglects Simone and dispatches the boys to boarding school so he can focus on re-imagining the art of underwater photography, aided by friend and colleague Philippe Tailliez (Laurent Lucas).
Jacques becomes a worldwide sensation but the drug of celebrity wrecks personal relationships and the biologist fights forlornly to rebuild bridges to the people closest to him.