The Grand Tour - has there ever been a television show that carries with it as much expectation and anticipation before its first episode has even aired?

The Grand Tour episode one - a strong, albeit familiar, start

Due to make its world debut on Amazon Prime tonight at one minute past midnight, the show brings ex-Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May back to Britain’s TV screens more than 18 months since their last episode of Top Gear.

However, while we might be expecting the trio to pick up exactly where they left off – playing clearly defined character roles in front of the stood audience of an entertainment show – legal issues surrounding the ownership of the old Top Gear formula means The Grand Tour has been forced to start anew.

Clarkson featured on The Jonathan Ross Show last weekend and confessed to having to “start again” when defining The Grand Tour’s identity. “You can't do the same show because of 'intellectual property’,” he told Ross.

Will this new design damage the on-screen relationship of the world’s most watched television trio? We won’t know for sure until tomorrow, but if the opening trailer and following YouTube clips are anything to go by, the answer is almost certainly going to be no.