Clarkson’s Farm is a television series which follows Jeremy Clarkson as he attempts to run a farm in the countryside. The series is an Amazon Original and is exclusively available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
After all coming together for the Grand Tour, it was only a matter of time before Clarkson, Hammond and May all got their own individual series’. The Grand Tour is brilliant and I’ve only heard good things about James May: Our Man in Japan, but with the disappointment of Richard Hammond’s The Great Escapists, I really didn’t know what to expect with Clarkson’s Farm. Thankfully however, Amazon get it right and Clarkson’s Farm turns out an absolute delight.
The series follows Jeremy Clarkson as he embarks on a path as Britain’s most unlikely farmer. The series starts right at the beginning, with Jeremy first delving into his farming career by purchasing a tractor and in true Jeremy Clarkson fashion, he doesn’t just purchase any old tractor, he buys a Lamborghini tractor. The series’ 8 episodes take place over the course of around a year and documents Jeremy’s struggles against unhelpful weather, disobedient animals and an unexpected pandemic.
Jeremy starts out at the beginning of the series in typical Jezza fashion; disregarding all advice and taking his classic cavalier attitude into farming. It doesn’t take long for him to realise he’s well out of his depth and teams up with the locals for some much-needed assistance. The whole concept of Jeremy as a farmer is at first hilarious, but he soon grows into it and I honestly admire the hard work and effort he puts in over the series.
Throughout the series, Jeremy is as comical as ever and the series more than showcases that he doesn’t need James May and Richard Hammond alongside him to be entertaining. What’s most interesting about Clarkson’s Farm however, is the different sides it shows to Jeremy. He’s often known as this brash, cynical character who you either love or hate, but through the trials and tribulations of running a farm, the series brilliantly captures an emotional and caring side to him.
Along his journey to becoming a fully-fledged farmer, Jeremy enlists the help of his wife Lisa, as well as numerous local farmers. Each person has a completely different character and their individual interactions with Jeremy provide for some of the most humorous and captivating moments in the series. Two of my particular favourites are Caleb, a young accomplished farmer who works for Jeremy and Gerald, an experienced farmer whom Jeremy has extreme difficulty understanding. Both of these characters are so different from Jeremy, yet the dynamic works brilliantly. It’s heart-warming to see the bond which they develop over the course of the series.
Another thing which I thoroughly enjoyed throughout the series was the fantastic camera work. From stunning aerial visuals of the Cotswolds, to trap cams capturing some of Britain’s most elusive wildlife; some of the cinematography in the series really does paint an idyllic British countryside. In conjunction with the great camera work, the titles and graphics in each episode are well designed and eloquently fit the feel to the series. Whilst they are not overly used, they add a great visual aid which is much appreciated.
You don’t need to have an interest in agriculture to enjoy Clarkson’s Farm, but you’ll certainly have a new-found perspective about farming! The series does a great job at highlighting the difficulties of running a farm and really making you appreciate what actually goes into supplying authentic local produce. I must admit, seeing the satisfaction Jeremy got from growing his own produce did make me want to start my own vegetable patch in the garden – if Jeremy can do it anyone can!
Hilarious, authentic and totally bingeable, Clarkson’s Farm is Jeremy Clarkson at his unparalleled best.
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