Richard Hammond

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Richard Hammond
Richard Hammond.jpg
Hammond in May 2006.
Born Richard Mark Hammond
(1969-12-19) 19 December 1969 (age 44)
Solihull, Warwickshire, England
Residence Weston under Penyard, Herefordshire, England
Marylebone, London
Other names Hamster
Stuart Little
Education Solihull School
Ripon Grammar School
Alma mater Harrogate College of Art and Technology
Occupation Presenter, Journalist, Author, Voice actor
Years active 1998, 2002–present
Employer BBC, The Daily Mirror
(prev. ITV & Sky)
Known for Presenting:
Home town Solihull, West Midlands,
England
Height 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)[1]
Spouse(s) Amanda Etheridge (m. 2002)
Children 2 (Willow and Isabella Hammond)
Parents Eileen and Alan Hammond

Richard Mark Hammond (born 19 December 1969) is an English presenter, writer, and journalist. He is most noted for co-hosting the car programme Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson and James May, as well as presenting series 1–4 of Brainiac: Science Abuse on Sky1. He also co-hosted Total Wipeout with Amanda Byram on BBC One. Hammond presented Planet Earth Live alongside Julia Bradbury.

Early life[edit]

Hammond was born in Solihull, Warwickshire and is the grandson of workers in the Birmingham car industry.[2][3] In the mid-1980s Hammond moved with his family (mother Eileen, father Alan, and younger brothers Andrew, writer of the 'Crypt' Series, and Nicholas) to the North Yorkshire cathedral city of Ripon where his father ran a probate business in the market square. Originally a pupil of Solihull School, a fee-paying boys' independent school, he moved to Ripon Grammar School, and from 1987 to 1989 attended Harrogate College of Art and Technology. After his graduation he worked for several radio stations, including Radio Cleveland, Radio York, Radio Cumbria, Radio Leeds, Radio Newcastle and Radio Lancashire, before auditioning for Top Gear.[4]

Top Gear[edit]

Hammond became a presenter on Top Gear in 2002, when the show began in its present format. He is sometimes referred to as "The Hamster" by fans and his co-presenters on Top Gear due to his name and comparatively small stature.[5] His nickname was further reinforced when on three separate occasions in series 7, he ate cardboard,[6] mimicking hamster-like behaviour.

Following a high-speed dragster crash while filming in September 2006 near York, Hammond returned in the first episode of series 9 (broadcast on 28 January 2007) to a hero's welcome, complete with dancing girls, aeroplane style stairs and fireworks. The show also contained images of the crash, which had made international headlines, with Hammond talking through the events of the day after which the audience broke into spontaneous applause. Hammond then requested that the crash never be mentioned on the show again, though all three Top Gear presenters have since referred to it in jokes during the news segment of the programme. He told his colleagues, "The only difference between me now, and before the crash, is that I like celery now and I didn't before".[7]

During the third episode of series sixteen, Hammond suggested that no one would ever want to own a Mexican car, since cars are supposed to reflect national characteristics and so a Mexican car would be a "lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight oaf." Hammond finished with the remark "I'm sorry, but can you imagine waking up and remembering you're Mexican?!"[8] Following complaints, the BBC defended the broadcast of this segment on the grounds that such national stereotyping was a "robust part" of traditional British humour.[9]

Brainiac: Science Abuse[edit]

In 2003, Hammond became the first presenter of Brainiac: Science Abuse; he was joined by Jon Tickle with Charlotte Hudson in series 2.[10] After the fourth series it was announced that Hammond was no longer going to present the Sky1 show after he signed an exclusive deal with the BBC. Vic Reeves took his place as main presenter.[citation needed]

Other television work[edit]

Early in his career, as well as his radio work, Hammond presented a number of daytime lifestyle shows and motoring programmes such as Motor Week on Men & Motors.

He presented the Crufts dog show in 2005, the 2004 and 2005 British Parking Awards, and has appeared on School's Out, a quiz show on BBC One where celebrities answer questions about things they learned at school. He has also presented The Gunpowder Plot: Exploding The Legend.[11] Along with his work on Top Gear, he presented Should I Worry About...? on BBC One, Time Commanders on BBC Two and the first four series of Brainiac: Science Abuse on Sky One. He was also a team captain on the BBC Two quiz show, Petrolheads, in which a memorable part was one where Hammond was tricked into smashing his classic Ferrari while trying to parallel park blindfolded in another car.

From 3 January 2006 until 10 February 2006, Hammond was the eponymous star of Richard Hammond's 5 O'Clock Show with his co-star Mel Giedroyc of Light Lunch fame.[12] The programme, which discussed a wide range of topics, was shown every weekday on ITV between 17:00 and 18:00.[12]

In July 2005, Hammond was voted number one in a Heat magazine poll of top "weird celebrity crushes". Also in 2005 he was voted one of the top 10 British TV talents.[13]

He presented Richard Hammond and the Holy Grail in 2006. During the special, he travelled to various locations around the world, including the Vatican Secret Archives, exploring the history of the Holy Grail.[14]

In one episode of Top Gear, fellow presenter James May was mocked by both Hammond and Clarkson for being named the celebrity with the worst hairstyle, while Hammond was named the celebrity with the best.

As part of Red Nose Day 2007, Hammond stood for nomination via a public telephone vote, along with Andy Hamilton and Kelvin MacKenzie, to be a one-off co-presenter of BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour on 16 March 2007.[15] However, he was defeated by Andy Hamilton.

In April 2007, Hammond presented a one off special on BBC Radio 2 for Good Friday followed by another in August 2007 for the bank holiday.

Hammond driving a diesel BMW 3 Series in the 2007 Britcar 24 Hours, as part of an episode of Top Gear

Hammond recorded an interview with the famed American stuntman Evel Knievel, which aired on 23 December 2007 on BBC Two, and was Knievel's last interview before his death on 30 November 2007.[16]

In September 2008, Hammond presented the first episode of a new series; Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections on the National Geographic Channel.[17] In this show, Hammond discovered how the inventions of the past, along with assistance from nature, help designers today. Episodes include the building of the Airbus A380, Taipei 101 and the Keck Observatory.[17] Series 2 of Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections began in May 2010 and has included the building of the Wembley Stadium and the Sydney Opera House.

Hammond also filmed an advertisement for Morrisons supermarkets in 2008,[18] and joined the cast of TV show Ashes To Ashes for a special insert on the 2008 Children in Need special.

While in New Zealand for Top Gear Live 2009, Hammond filmed several television commercials for Telecom New Zealand's new XT UTMS mobile network. Telecom claimed that the new network was "faster in more places", compared to its competitors and its existing CDMA network. After the network suffered three highly publicised outages in late 2009 and early 2010, Hammond became the butt of a joke when he did not return to New Zealand for Top Gear Live 2010. His fellow Top Gear co-hosts said he was too embarrassed to come back to New Zealand, and in a supposed live feed back to Hammond, the feed suddenly drops out as the "XT Network had crashed".[19] Hammond was later given the right of reply to his colleagues during an interview with Marcus Lush on RadioLIVE's breakfast show in New Zealand.[20]

Hammond used to host the UK version of the US series Wipeout, called Total Wipeout for BBC One. It took place in Argentina, and was co-presented by Hammond and Amanda Byram. Hammond presented and performed the voiceover for the clips in a London studio, and Byram was filmed at the obstacle course in Buenos Aires.[21] The series was cancelled at the end of 2012, following the BBC's decision to cancel the show.[22]

Hammond also presented a science-themed game show for children, Richard Hammond's Blast Lab which aired on BBC Two and CBBC.[23]

In March 2010, Hammond presented a 3 episode series called Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds, which looked at things too fast for the naked eye to see, things that are beyond the visible spectrum (e.g. ultraviolet and infra-red light), as well as microscopic things.

One of Hammond's lesser known television roles was as presenter of the BBC2 gameshow Time Commanders, a sophisticated warfare simulator which used a modified version of Creative Assembly's Rome: Total War game engine.[24]

Since February 2011, Hammond has presented an online technology series "Richard Hammond's Tech Head".[25]

In July 2011, Hammond presented a two-part natural science documentary Richard Hammond's Journey to the Centre of the Planet, focused on Earth geology and plate tectonics.[26][27]

In April 2012, Hammond hosted a BBC America programme titled Richard Hammond's Crash Course,[28] which was also shown in the UK from September 2012[29] on BBC Two.

In May 2012, Hammond presented a live animal documentary for BBC One called Planet Earth Live where he and others looked at animals living in tough times in different parts of the world.

In June 2014, Hammond presented a scientific fourteen part series on National Geographic Channel titled "Science Of Stupid" which focused on the application of physics in everyday life.

Personal life[edit]

Hammond has been married to Amanda "Mindy" Etheridge[30] since May 2002; the couple have two daughters.[2] The family lives in a mock castle in Herefordshire and also have an apartment in London. Hammond also plays the bass guitar, on which he accompanied the other Top Gear presenters when they performed alongside Justin Hawkins on Top Gear of the Pops for Comic Relief in 2007. Hammond likes to ride his bicycle in cities, for which he is mocked mercilessly by fellow presenter Jeremy Clarkson.[31]

Hammond is a fan of Porsche cars in particular the Porsche 911, which he has owned several models of, and claims the Pagani Zonda to be the ultimate supercar. He once owned a 1982 Porsche 911 SC (sold in the mid-2000s),[32][33] and later purchased a 2006 Porsche 911 (997) Carrera S.[34] In 2004, Hammond purchased a Porsche 928 for the purpose of daily driving.[35] Much unlike Clarkson and May, he also has an interest in American muscle cars, having owned a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T,[35] a 1967 Ford Mustang GT 390,[36] and a 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 (which was purchased in the United States on a Series 12 episode of Top Gear).[37] He also owns a BMW 850Ci, which was used to race against Clarkson's Mercedes CL600, which they both bought on the show to prove that one could purchase second-hand cars which were a better buy than the Nissan Pixo (Britain's cheapest new car at the time) for less money.

Hammond had also owned a Morgan AeroMax, in which he was involved in a car accident on 9 August 2009. He also owns a Jaguar E-Type[38] and is also a fan of monster trucks, having attended Truckfest '07.

An interview with The Sunday Times in February 2008 reported Hammond as having moved briefly from Gloucestershire to Buckinghamshire, then back again because he missed the country life.[39]

Hammond is a keen motorcyclist[40] and Land Rover Defender fan. He spent over £70,000 rebuilding his Defender 110 "Buster" in 2008.[citation needed]

During the news segment of Top Gear's 2010 USA Road Trip special, Hammond openly expressed his dislike of the band Genesis. This fact was later exploited by his co-presenters (particularly by Clarkson) in three special episodes: during the Middle East Special, when they installed a secret second stereo unit in his Fiat Barchetta that only plays the band's Live over Europe 2007 concert; in the India Special, Clarkson played the same song used in the previous special through the megaphone mounted in his Jaguar XJS, despite Hammond driving a different car (a Mini Cooper Sport). In the 2013 Africa Special, Clarkson once again played Genesis in an attempt to get Hammond to let him pass.

In October it was reported he had spent over £2 million buying Bollitree Castle which is situated near Weston under Penyard, Ross-on-Wye. It has been rumoured he has also bought a large house in the small town of Wantage, Oxfordshire[citation needed].[41][42]

In 2007, Hammond went to Africa on a Top Gear special across Botswana, with his choice of car being a 1963 Opel Kadett, which he subsequently named Oliver. A week after the special was aired, Hammond announced during the news section that he had shipped Oliver back to the UK, where it was restored by a team from Practical Classics magazine. Oliver features on Hammond's children's science television show Richard Hammond's Blast Lab and in another episode of Top Gear as a kind of "Hill-holder" in the trailer truck challenge (after it acquired the fake personal plate "OLI V3R"). Oliver is also mentioned in Hammond's second autobiography As You Do.[citation needed]

In 2010, Hammond was the president of the 31st Herefordshire Country Fair held at Hampton Court in Hope under Dinmore. His involvement caused unprecedented attendance with "nearly 15,000 people" drawn to the event to meet the presenter.[44]

Later that year, Hammond gained a private pilot licence (PPL)(H) in a Robinson R44 helicopter.

During series 18 of Top Gear it was revealed that he owns a Fiat 500 TwinAir. He also owns a Ford Mustang. And during series 21 of Top Gear it was revealed that he recently bought a Porsche 911 GT3.

Charity work[edit]

Richard Hammond is a vice-president of UK children's brain injury charity the Children's Trust, Tadworth.[45]

In October 2013, terminally-ill eight-year-old Emilia Palmer was driven by Richard Hammond in a pink Lamborghini Aventador Roadster. Hammond flew his G-OHAM Robinson R44 helicopter to Shobdon Aerodrome, then picked Palmer up from her home in Kimbolton, Herefordshire and drove her back to the airport for a high-speed run on the main runway. The event was arranged at short notice by Rays of Sunshine with car "LJ13 AUX" loaned by H.R. Owen and spray painted by company Yiannamize.[46][47][48][49] Palmer died two weeks later on 18 October 2013 at Birmingham Children's Hospital.[50]

Vampire dragster crash[edit]

Hammond in the Vampire immediately before the crash. The front-right tyre has burst.

During filming of a Top Gear segment at the former RAF Elvington airbase near York on 20 September 2006, Hammond was injured in the crash of the jet-powered car he was piloting.[51][52][53]:1 Hammond was travelling at 288 mph (463 km/h) at the time of the crash.[54]

His vehicle, a dragster called Vampire, was theoretically capable of travelling at speeds of up to 370 mph (595 km/h).[52] The vehicle was the same car that in 2000, piloted by Colin Fallows, set the British land speed record at 300.3 mph (483.3 km/h).[53]:3[55] The Vampire was powered by a single Bristol-Siddeley Orpheus afterburning turbojet engine producing 10000 hp (7.5 MW).[52][54]

Some accounts suggested that the accident occurred during an attempt to break the British land speed record,[51][56] but the Health and Safety Executive report on the crash found that a proposal to try to officially break the record was vetoed in advance by Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman, due to the risks and complexities of such a venture.[53]:4 (The report stated: "Runs were to be carried out in only one direction along a pre-set course on the Elvington runway. Vampire’s speed was to be recorded using GPS satellite telemetry. The intention was to record the maximum speed, not to measure an average speed over a measured course, and for (Hammond) to describe how it felt.")[53]:1

Hammond was completing a seventh and final run to collect extra footage for the programme when his front-right tyre failed,[53]:8[57] and, according to witness and first responder Dave Ogden, "one of the parachutes had deployed but it went on to the grass and spun over and over before coming to a rest about 100 yards from us."[58] The emergency crew quickly arrived at the car, finding it inverted and partially embedded in the grass.[56] During the roll, Hammond's helmet had embedded itself into the ground, flipping the visor up and forcing soil into his mouth and damaging his left eye. Rescuers felt a pulse and heard the unconscious Hammond breathing before the car was turned upright.[56] Hammond was cut free with hydraulic shears, and placed on a backboard.[53]:9 "He was regaining consciousness at that point and said he had some lower back pain".[56] He was then transported by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance to the neurological unit of the Leeds General Infirmary.[51][53]:9[59] Hammond's family visited him at the hospital along with Top Gear co-presenters James May and Jeremy Clarkson.[58][59] Clarkson wished Hammond well, saying "Both James and I are looking forward to getting our 'Hamster' back", referring to Hammond by his nickname.[51][58]

The Health & Safety Executive report stated that "Hammond's instantaneous reaction to the tyre blow-out seems to have been that of a competent high performance car driver, namely to brake the car and to try to steer into the skid. Immediately afterwards he also seems to have followed his training and to have pulled back on the main parachute release lever, thus shutting down the jet engine and also closing the jet and afterburner fuel levers. The main parachute did not have time to deploy before the car ran off the runway."[53]:13 The HSE notes that, based on the findings of the North Yorkshire Police (who investigated the crash), "the accident may not have been recoverable", even if Hammond's efforts to react were as fast as "humanly possible".[53]:13

The crash was shown on an episode of Top Gear on 28 January 2007; this was the first episode of the new series, which had been postponed pending Hammond's recovery. Hammond requested at the end of the episode that his fellow presenters never mention the crash again, a request which has been generally observed by both Hammond and the other presenters, although occasional oblique references have been made. On The Edge: My Story, which contains first-hand accounts from both Hammond and his wife about the crash, immediate aftermath, and his recovery was published later that year. Hammond also appeared on the BBC chat show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross revealing he was "a bit fighty" right after the crash and then in a coma for two weeks.[60]

In February 2008 Hammond gave an interview to The Sunday Times newspaper in which he described the effects of his brain injuries and the progression of his recovery.[61] He reported suffering loss of memory, depression and difficulties with emotional experiences, for which he was consulting a psychiatrist.[61][62] He also talked about his recovery in a 2010 television programme where he interviewed Sir Stirling Moss and they discussed the brain injuries they had both received as a result of car crashes.[63]

Works[edit]

TV shows[edit]

Year Title Notes
1998-2002 Motor Week (Men & Motors TV series) Presenter
1998-2002 Car File (Men & Motors TV series) Presenter
2002–present Top Gear Presenter
2003–06 Brainiac: Science Abuse Presenter
2004–05 Crufts Presenter
Should I Worry About...? Presenter
2005 The Gunpowder Plot: Exploding The Legend Presenter
Time Commanders Presenter
Inside Britain's Fattest Man Presenter
2006 Richard Hammond's 5 O'Clock Show Presenter
Petrolheads Contestant
School's Out Contestant
Richard Hammond: Would You Believe It? Presenter
Richard Hammond: The Holy Grail Presenter
Battle of the Geeks Presenter
2007 Last Man Standing Narrator
Helicopter Heroes Narrator
Richard Hammond Meets Evel Knievel Presenter
2008 BBC Timewatch Narrator
Sport Relief Presenter
2009–2011 Richard Hammond's Blast Lab Presenter
Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections Presenter
2009–2012 Total Wipeout Presenter
2010 Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds Presenter
Sport Relief 2010 Presenter
Hammond Meets Moss Presenter
2011 Richard Hammond's Journey to the Centre of the Planet Presenter
Richard Hammond's Journey to the Bottom of the Ocean Presenter
2012 Richard Hammond's Crash Course Presenter
Planet Earth Live Presenter
Richard Hammond's Miracles of Nature Presenter
Top Gear: 50 Years of Bond Cars Presenter
2013 Richard Hammond's Secret Service Presenter
Hammond meets Moss Presenter
Richard Hammond Builds a Planet Presenter
That Puppet Game Show Contestant
2014 Science of Stupid Presenter

Books[edit]

Car books[edit]

  • Hammond, Richard (13 October 2005). What Not To Drive. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 276 pages. ISBN 978-0-297-84800-4. 
  • Hammond, Richard (5 October 2006). Richard Hammond's Car Confidential. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 144 pages. ISBN 978-0-297-84445-7. 
  • Hammond, Richard (28 May 2009). A Short History of Caravans in the UK. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 144 pages. ISBN 978-0-297-84446-4. 
  • Hammond, Richard (20 May 2010). Richard Hammond's Caravan Confidential. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 144 pages. ISBN 978-0-7538-2671-3. 

Children's books[edit]

  • Hammond, Richard (29 June 2006). Can You Feel the Force?: Putting the Fizz Back into Physics. Dorling Kindersley Publishers. pp. 96 pages. ISBN 978-1-4053-1543-2. 
  • Hammond, Richard (2 June 2008). Car Science (Hardback). Dorling Kindersley Publishers. pp. 96 pages. ISBN 978-1-4053-3200-2. 
  • Hammond, Richard (1 September 2008). Car Science (Paperback). Dorling Kindersley Publishers. pp. 96 pages. ISBN 978-0-7566-4026-2. 
  • Hammond, Richard (2009). Blast Lab: More than 30 Mind-Blasting Experiments!. Dorling Kindersley Publishers. pp. 96 pages. ISBN 978-0-7566-5648-5. 

Biographies[edit]

  • Hammond, Richard (20 September 2007). On The Edge: My Story (Hardback). Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 308 pages. ISBN 978-0-297-85327-5. 
  • Hammond, Richard (29 May 2008). On The Edge: My Story (Paperback). Phoenix. pp. 308 pages. ISBN 978-0-7538-2404-7. 
  • Hammond, Richard (7 August 2008). On The Edge: My Story (Abridged). Phoenix. pp. 256 pages. ISBN 978-0-7538-2330-9. 
  • Hammond, Richard (18 September 2008). As You Do: Adventures with Evel, Oliver and the Vice-President of Botswana (Hardback). Orion Publishing Co. pp. 268 pages. ISBN 978-0-297-85520-0. 
  • Hammond, Richard (28 May 2009). As You Do: Adventures with Evel, Oliver and the Vice-President of Botswana (Paperback). Orion Publishing Co. pp. 314 pages. ISBN 978-0-7538-2562-4. 
  • Hammond, Richard (1 October 2009). Or Is That Just Me? (Hardback). Phoenix. pp. 256 pages. ISBN 978-0-297-85521-7. 
  • Hammond, Richard (20 May 2010). Or Is That Just Me? (Paperback). Phoenix. pp. 352 pages. ISBN 978-0-7538-2562-4. 

Video Games[edit]

Title Developer Year Role
Forza Motorsport 5 Turn 10 Studios 2013 Voice over

DVDs[edit]

  1. Top Gear Interactive Challenge Quiz (2007, 2|Entertain).
  2. Top Gear Interactive Stunt Challenge Quiz (2008, 2|Entertain).
  3. Top Gear Uncovered: The DVD Special (2009, 2|Entertain).
  4. Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections: Series One (2009, Nat Geo DVD).
  5. Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds (2010, 2|Entertain).
  6. Top Gear: Apocalypse (With James May) (2010, 2|Entertain).
  7. Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections: Series Two (2010, Nat Geo DVD).
  8. Hammond Meets Moss (2010, Acorn Media UK).
  9. Richard Hammond's Journey To The Centre Of The Planet (2011, 2|Entertain).
  10. Top Gear: At The Movies (With James May) (2011, 2|Entertain).
  11. Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections: Series Three (2011, Nat Geo DVD).
  12. Top Gear: 50 Years of Bond Cars (2012, 2|Entertain).
  13. Total Wipeout Series 5 Celebrity Specials and Final. (2012, endemol)
  14. Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip (With Jeremy Clarkson) (2013, BBC DVD)

Television advertisements[edit]

  1. Morrisons (2008)
  2. Morrisons (Christmas 2008)
  3. Morrisons (2009)
  4. Morrisons (Christmas 2009)
  5. Top Gear Turbo Challenge Trading Cards Test Set (2009)
  6. Top Gear Turbo Challenge Trading Cards (2010)
  7. Top Gear Interactive Challenge DVD (2007)
  8. Top Gear Interactive Stunt Challenge DVD (2009)
  9. Top Gear Uncovered DVD (2009)
  10. Top Gear [Re-Runs On Dave] (2009)
  11. Telecom XT network NZ (2009)

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