Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson was born on 11th April 1960. He is an english broadcaster and writer who specialises in motoring. He writes weekly columns for The Sunday Times and The Sun, but is better known for his role on the UK BBC TV show Top Gear. The show won an International Emmy in 2005.
"Not a man given to considered opinion", according to the BBC, Clarkson is known to be opinionated and forthright in his views. In the Daily Mirror on 9th June 2000 he was described by Tony Parsons as "A Dazzling hero of political incorrectness". I really appreciate his humour as I am sick of the "Politically Correct Brigade" who seem to be erroding our irreverently British way of life!!
The Economist, on the subject of road pricing in UK, has also described him as a "skilful propogandist for the motoring lobby"-Hoorahh and God Love Jeremy for that!!
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Born in Doncaster, Clarkson was educated at Repton School, although he claims to have been expelled. His first job was as a travelling salesman for his parents' business selling Paddington Bear toys, after which he trained as a journalist with the Rotherham Advertiser.
In 2004 during an episode of the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?, Clarkson was invited to investigate his family history; including the story of his great-great-great grandfather John Kilner (1792–1857), who invented the Kilner jar; a receptacle for preserved fruit.
Clarkson currently lives in the town of Chipping Norton, situated in the Cotswolds, with his wife and three children. He formerly lived in London. His second home is a lighthouse on the Isle of Man.
In spite of his penchant for fast driving and high performance cars, Clarkson has been reported as having a clean licence. Nonetheless, he is not reluctant to discuss driving fast: In a November 2005 article in The Sunday Times, Clarkson wrote, while discussing the Bugatti Veyron, "On a recent drive across Europe I desperately wanted to reach the top speed but I ran out of road when the needle hit 240mph", and later, in the same article, "From the wheel of a Veyron, France is the size of a small coconut. I cannot tell you how fast I crossed it the other day. Because you simply wouldn’t believe me".
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Clarkson is most associated with the British motoring programme Top Gear, which he presented 27 October 1988 - 3 February 2000, in the programme's original format, and then again from 20 October 2002, when it was relaunched in a new format after a brief period off the air. His current co-presenters are James May and Richard Hammond. It is now the most-watched TV show on BBC Two,and is also shown in over 100 countries around the world. It won an International Emmy in 2005, for the best non-scripted entertainment show that was not broadcast in the United States. Clarkson said: "I didn't attend the awards ceremony because I didn't know that we had won, and I only found out after a 4am text message, whilst I was busy writing the script for the next show....". It then also received a National Television Award for best Factual Programme in 2006, defeating the likes of Planet Earth and Bad Lad's Army.
Clarkson has periodically released motoring-based videos, such as "Clarkson - Unleashed on Cars". Over the years, his videos have shown him driving many exotic cars, including a Ford GT40 which had been specially adapted to accommodate taller drivers; Clarkson is 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m). He is also known for destroying his most hated cars in various ways, including catapulting a Nissan Sunny using a trebuchet, and dropping a Porsche 911 onto a caravan (after plunging a piano onto the bonnet and dousing it in hydrochloric acid, amongst other things). He has also presented other motoring-related series such as Star Cars, Jeremy Clarkson's Motorworld, and Jeremy Clarkson's Car Years.
Although closely associated with motoring, Clarkson has appeared on and hosted a number of shows on other topics. For three years Clarkson had his own chat show, Clarkson, on which he was most noted for offending the Welsh by placing a 3D plastic map of Wales into a microwave oven and switching it on. He later defended this by saying "I put Wales in there because Scotland wouldn't fit". Similarly, he once removed the USA from a map and renamed the resultant space the 'South Canada Sea'. Clarkson also hosted a six part series, Jeremy Clarkson Meets the Neighbours, in which he took a Jaguar E-type around Europe visiting France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy. The programme explored the stereotypes of each of the countries to see whether or not they were true.
After the dismissal of Angus Deayton, Clarkson was one of a number of guest hosts recruited to present the topical panel show, Have I Got News for You. He was the first such host never to have previously been a guest of the programme. As of 13 April 2007, he has presented the show five times and been a guest once. Clarkson has also appeared as a guest on the BBC series QI 4 times, 'winning' twice. He also presented an episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, notable for the absence of long time host Mark Lamarr, featuring guests Jim Jeffries, Trisha Goddard, Rick Wakeman, and Lee Ryan, on 13 August 2006.
Clarkson has presented a number of shows focused on history. For example, he presented a programme looking at Victoria Cross winners, in particular focusing on his father-in-law Robert Henry Cain who won the VC during Operation Market Garden at Arnhem in World War 2. In 2007 he presented a programme about the St. Nazaire Raid (also called Operation Chariot), which took place in WWII. A subsequent programme showed how the graphics were created, the highlight being the construction and blowing up of a scale model of the HMS Campbeltown the ship that was used in the raid.
In addition to television, Clarkson also had a small role in the UK release of the 2006 Disney Pixar movie Cars as the voice of Harv, Lightning McQueen's agent. Harv is played by Jeremy Piven in the North American release.
Clarkson is passionate about engineering, especially pioneering work, as his television programmes about Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the Colossus computer have shown. Clarkson was awarded an honorary degree from Brunel University on 12 September 2003, partly because of his work in popularising engineering, and partly because of his advocacy of Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the 100 Greatest Britons programme.
In April 2004 he appeared on the talk show Parkinson and mentioned that he was writing a book about the soul he believes many machines have. The book, titled I Know You Got Soul was published in October 2004. He cited Air France Flight 4590 as his primary example: when people heard the plane had crashed, quite aside from the sadness they felt for the loss of human life, there was also almost a sadness for the machine. Clarkson was one of the passengers on the last BA Concorde flight on 24 October 2003. He paraphrased Neil Armstrong to describe the retiring of the Concorde: "This is one small step for a man, but one huge leap backwards for mankind".
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Clarkson owns various cars including a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, a Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG, a Volvo XC90, a Ford Focus, and an ex-military Land Rover Defender, and used to own a Ford GT. His experiences with his Ford GT are well documented, having had many issues with the satellite tracker/alarm system - he reported that it would tell him the car had been stolen even when he was driving it, among other problems, including the rev limit inexplicably being reset to 600 rpm. As a result of what he called "the most miserable month's motoring possible", he returned it to Ford for a full refund. After a short period, including asking Top Gear fans for advice over the Internet, he bought back his GT. He has called it "the most unreliable car ever made", due to his never being able to complete a return journey using it. In the October 2006 edition of Top Gear Magazine James May stated that Clarkson was looking to purchase a Gallardo Spyder. Clarkson announced at MPH'06 that he had ordered the Gallardo Spyder, with orange seats, and that he sold the Ford GT to make way for it. He has owned many exotic or high performance cars, including a Mercedes SL55 AMG, and a Ferrari F355. He also previously owned an XJR Jaguar and bought a BMW Z1 for his wife. He has also owned a 1970s Alfa GTV6, and has a passion for the marque, declaring famously on Top Gear, "You are not a petrol-head until you've owned an Alfa". In his book I Know You Got Soul the Alfa 166 was one of only three cars classified as having that "special something". Clarkson quotably called the Brera, Alfa's latest sports car, "Cameron Diaz on wheels".
His known passion for single- or two-passenger high-velocity transport led to his brief acquisition of an English Electric Lightning F.1A jet fighter, which was installed in the front garden of his country home. The Lightning was subsequently removed on the orders of the local council, which "wouldn't believe my claim that it was a leaf blower", according to Clarkson on a Tiscali Motoring webchat. In fact, the whole affair was a setup for the programme Speed, and English Electric Lightning XM172 is now back serving as gate guardian at Booker airfield, High Wycombe.
After winning the challenge between a Bugatti Veyron and a Cessna private aeroplane, he pondered and announced that "It's quite a hollow victory really, because I've got to go for the rest of my life knowing that I'll never own that car. I'll never experience that power again."
Clarkson is well known for his posturing and deadpan delivery. This frequently includes fairly abrasive and deliberately provocative remarks that have repeatedly been a source of controversy. However, Clarkson has been known to appear to take resultant criticism with humour, e.g. responding to being pied with "Great shot!"
Top Gear Sail the Channel!!
I Just watched Top Gear (new series as the Unholy Trinity got their new challenge-Sail the Channel in motor vehicles I laughed so hard I wet myself-Of course Jeremy Won (With a little help getting up the slipway in France)
OOps he did it again!!
Yes, Jeremy has really done it this time, after spitting the dummy out and punching his producer because he wanted a hot meal, not a cold one, the BBC has suspended him, Top Gear is now missing from our TV screens and everyone has an opinion - even David Cameron the prime minister - what will happen next?
Will be fun to find out.