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When they aren’t filming the international super hit Top Gear, hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond take some time to work on their own projects. In Hammond’s case, it seems those projects involve putting himself through immense levels of stress for Crash Course, his program for BBC America where he has a matter of days to master some of the most intense jobs in America.
He just seems to enjoy a good challenge. And he got one when I joined him in an unairconditioned Manhattan taxi on a blistering July day.
This is our exclusive behind-the-scenes look at The Hamster’s new show…
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Richard Hammond’s Crash Course premieres tonight, October 22 at 10/9c on BBC America
A young Richard Hammond?
Celebrating first original scripted series, ‘Copper,’ as well as the ‘The Hour,’ ‘The Nerdist,’ ‘Richard Hammond’s Crash Course,’ and the upcoming ‘Spies of Warsaw.’
We’re happy to report that Richard Hammond’s Crash Course will be back for Season Two:
Top Gear’s Richard Hammond is returning for the second season of Crash Course, which begins filming this week in Texas. The new eight-episode, 60-minute season, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for BBC America, will land Hammond in some tight situations.
“This season, we’re pulling Richard out of his comfort zone and putting him through the ultimate crash course,” reports BBC America. “Hammond will immerse himself in uniquely American – often terrifying – vocations.”
In each episode of Season Two, Hammond has less than five days to master his assigned job ranging from conquering his fear of heights and jumping from the top of a bridge as a Hollywood stuntman to mastering his mad skills in a Harlem, NY barber shop. No word on a premiere date for this upcoming season.
GQ talks with Richard Hammond ahead of tonight’s new season of Top Gear (8/7c) and the world premiere of Richard Hammond’s Crash Course (10/9c) on BBC AMERICA.
His Top 10 list includes the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette (above).
Richard Hammond: “My first car was a 1976 Toyota Corolla Liftback in red, like the one in The Blues Brothers. I painted a Union Jack on the roof. I was absolutely in love with it until I destroyed it, which broke my heart! I was waiting to pull out of a side street onto a main street, and I saw a car coming the other way and he was indicating he was turning off but he had just left the indicator on, so I ended up ramming the side of his huge Volvo with my ’76 Corolla. My parents had bought me it for my 18th birthday, but the accident happened before my 18th birthday had arrived. I was standing in front of it and its face was all crumpled up. My world fell apart! Sadly, I didn’t have another car for quite a few years.”
This is going to be fun.
TV/DVR Alert: Richard Hammond to appear on G4’s Attack of the Show, Monday April 9 at 7p ET
Richard will be appearing on G4TV’s Attack of the Show tomorrow evening talking about both the Series Premiere of Crash Course and the US season premiere of Top Gear.
Your DVR has now been warned.
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SPORT RELIEF SPECIALS THIS SUNDAY ON BBC AMERICA
Soccer legend David Beckham, TV royalty Stephen Fry, Little Britain’s David Walliams and Top Gear and Crash Course star Richard Hammond join a roll call of the biggest names in sports and entertainment as they join forces in Sport Relief, one of the UK’s biggest television events of the year, to raise money for good causes around the world.