If you don't know who Jeremy Clarkson is, just check out the early days of the hit BBC show Top Gear or more recently his exploits on The Grand Tour, an Amazon exclusive. Basically, he is known for his love of cars and his sardonic sense of humour. But it seems that now Clarkson has turned his hand in another direction entirely.
Having purchased a 1000 acre farm in Chipping Norton, in the Cotswolds years and years ago, it turns out that the farm manager has decided to retire. Not wanting to sell the farm Jeremy decides to take over the farm himself. The catch is that he has zero experience in farming. None whatsoever. He doesn't know a tractor from a trailer or barley from wheat. So armed with an Amazon tv crew, Jeremy ropes in the help of Charlie Ireland. A land agent, Charlie's job is to advise on when to plant and harvest crops, and how to budget for the farming year.
However, advice is all well and good but when Clarkson realises he can't even work the machinery he turns to Kaleb. Kaleb is a 21-year-old tractor driver who used to work on the farm and very quickly he becomes Clarkson's right-hand man. Between them, they charter the ups and downs of Clarkson's Farm over a period of one year. From cultivating and sowing, to raising lambs, bees, opening a farm shop, navigating disastrous weather and a pandemic, the small team do their best to keep things ticking over. And it makes for brilliant tv.
Honestly, I know nothing about farming but the joy and despair as things go right and wrong for Clarkson is quite an eye-opener. Kaleb is definitely the star of the show with his no-nonsense approach. His inability to deal with Jeremy's incompetence is hilarious and it's all tempered by the more serious Charlie, whose knowledge of farming is simply incredible. On a more serious side, Clarkson's Farm really hits home when it comes to highlighting just how much work goes into farming and sustainable agriculture with little or no financial reward. It is television gold and this reviewer is hoping for season 2!