He might be rightfully on borrowed time after suggesting a Game of Thrones-inspired punishment for a polarising British royal, but there’s no denying one of the UK’s favourite acerbic antediluvian still makes addictive television. Jeremy Clarkson’s Grand Tours with old mates Richard Hammond and James May are arguably running on fumes, as they increasingly dice with death and seem more focused on pranking each other than actually driving anywhere.
But Clarkson’s Farm continues to delight, showcasing a softer side to the now 62-year-old, while still proving that he is just as irascible, irrepressible and irresponsible as ever.2021’s first edition was something of a revelation. What could have been just a different setting for him to unleash his now trademark boorish insolence, incompetence and indifference to others, instead offered up a Clarkson who could be insightful – and just occasionally – introspective. Underneath all the show pony posturing, it was clear he had a real affinity for his 1000-acre Chipping Norton haven and not only felt it in his wallet when things didn’t go according to plan (incredibly, it made you believe an enfant terrible and agent provocateur could cry).
Now, after a lengthy 18-month wait, we’re back on Clarkson’s Farm for the first of what is apparently two more eight-episode installments before Amazon and their “controversy-prone” star part ways.