I knew Clarkson’s farm would be good because the BBC turned it down. Too many white men and white sheep in it for those idiots.
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I have just started watching Clarkson’s Farm on Amazon. It’s compelling. I knew it would be good because the BBC turned it down. Probably because there were too many white men and white sheep in it.
It’s a pretty simple format . Countryfile with humour. Back in 2008 Clarkson bought 1,000 acres of the Cotswolds and contracted it out.
When the old boy renting the land announced he was going to retire Clarkson decided to have a go and after the BBC idiots turned it down he went to Amazon who snapped it up.
And they were right to do so. A different Clarkson emerges. More relaxed. More commercial. Far cleverer than he allowed us to see on Top Gear. And more social.
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One of the joys of the series is his relationship with Kaleb Cooper, 21, his farm hand. Kaleb worked for the tenant and Clarkson asked him to stay on.
Although Clarkson is the owner Kaleb is the brains. He has lived in the area all his life and has only been to London once and didn’t like it. Said there were too many people.
He knows the name of every field, knows how to plough and how to seed . Clarkson knew none of this but wants to learn from the young master and its what makes great television.
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Clarkson called the farm Didly Squat because it was the amount of money he makes out of land which is worth today around £12,5million. He made £100 in his first year.
But what is going well is the farm shop which is attracting punters by the thousand to what was previously the quiet village of Chipping Norton.
In his Sunday Times column he says he was driving along a farm track in his tractor (a £40,000 Lamborghini-I kid you not) when ramblers flagged him down and with their hands on their hips and their faces red from righteous indignation asked; “ Do you have to drive that thing down here?”
Clarkson puts the success of the show down to “nice people, doing nice things.” Agree.
Just days after the show went to air he tells how Mailonline sent a reporter to the area to ask the locals what they thought about a “multi-millionaire, megamouth, petrolhead bastard opening a farm shop near their quiet, historical village.”
And needless to say a handful said their lives were being ruined by the hundreds of people who now turned up every weekend.
Yes says Clarkson, n the same way James Herriot “ruined” Swaledale and those “druids” who ruined Stonehenge. Good point.
He’s a very clever guy Clarkson. Such a shame that he kept so much of the brainbox hidden from us until he was the best part of 60. This is required viewing.
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