Top Gear Thursday: Richard Hammond’s Back in the Saddle

Cowhand Richard Hammond

Perhaps Richard Hammond didn’t get the “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor” nursery ditty straight when he was a kid. Maybe his non-rhyming version went “cattle rancher, cab driver, stuntman, barber.” At least that’s the impression one might get from the extended trailer for season 2 of Richard Hammond’s Crash Course.

Crash Course premieres Monday, October 22, 10 pm/9c.

• Captain Slow has been sighted in the North Devon town of Ilfracombe, where he’s been filming his show, James May’s Toy Stories. The North Devon Gazette wrote: “A constant buzzing of two helicopters around the rugby club area on Friday and Saturday had the town equally abuzz and curious to find out what was going on.”

What was going on was that James’ show is trying to break a record for an unmanned glider flight of 20 miles across open sea waters.

Folks at the local rugby club, where the crew was stationed for part of the shoot, were surprised and happy to see May.

“He was telling me he quite likes working in North Devon,” said Carl Perrin, a rugby club committee member. “I believe his parents live out this way somewhere and he’s a fairly frequent visitor to the South West.”

• Meanwhile, there are reports that Jeremy Clarkson also wants to make more TV about subjects other than cars, but you might have some trouble guessing what those subjects might be. Don’t worry, we’ll tell you, or rather the Daily Star will: Clarkson apparently told the tabloid that he’d like to do a show about interior design.

He said he discovered his interest a few years ago when singer Will Young was a guest on Top Gear.

“Having discovered we shared an interest in stuff like this we said we should do a design program together, and many thought we were joking,” Clarkson said. “I wasn’t, though.”

Clarkson added that it would be great if individuals could custom design their cars.

“There are hundreds of ways you can stamp your personality on each and every corner of your house,” he said. “Sadly, none of this is possible in your car.”

• A 41-year-old public relations man who discovered he has terminal cancer has decided to spend the rest of his life making other people happy, and one of the ways that he’s started is by helping people with illnesses to meet their heroes. He’s already granted two fans’ wishes by putting them in touch with Richard Hammond and The Stig.

Simon Mitchell, who has been diagnosed with lymphoma and told he only has two years to live, told the Mirror: “If I manage this list and I die with a smile on my face, with people remembering me and with my wife proud of me, then it will all have been worth it.