Jeremy Clarkson has made me want to move to the countryside.
Which seriously speaks volumes about his new show.
Those of you who have seen James May's 'Our Man in Japan' will recall all the laughs and gags and adventure that saw an old English bloke coming to terms with the year 3000 over in the Land of the Rising Sun. That show, I thought, was just brilliant. So well made and so engaging, it was a shame it had just six episodes as opposed to 600.
Then came Richard Hammond's solo, 'The Escapists', which wasn't really a solo because there was some annoying idiot on it with him. Unfortunately, that show sucked and my heart wrenched having sat through the build up to its release with great anticipation.
And now, here we are. Jezza's turn arrived, and rather oddly I thought, he'd filmed a series on a farm. But it turned out so well that it has me writing a passionate rant about how much it made me smile and how much it has literally made me want to move to northern England and start a farm. I considered this worthy of 'Drivetribe article status' because those who know me know also of my rather ill relations with the countryside as a whole. I am a true townie, and have spent all of my life within the hustle and bustle of urban areas. Farming, to me, was once my idea of a way one ticket to occupational hell.
Buried within the stereotypes, I have always seen farmers as disconnected, penny pinching, not very friendly and rather smelly outcasts in society. Such is the ignorance of urban life. Jeremy changed all of that however. What amazed me most about Clarkson's Farm was that it not only proved the whole view of farming as fundamentally inaccurate, but somehow enstilled (perhaps not in me alone?) a newfound appreciation for agriculture and the country life of which 'civil' society fears tremendously. God I've made that sound interesting huh.
Look how pwittyyyyyyyyyyy it is!!
The show was delightful. It was so fun to watch. Jeremy as we all know is as entertaining as he is incapable of manual labour, but it was also the inputs to the show made by Lisa (Queen of selling farm products using Irish financial mathematics), Kaleb (London explorer) and best of all, Head of Security and Stonewall builder Gerald, that put the pieces together for me. I have no doubt that this series managed only to scrape the surface of farming, and given that not every farm runs on a budget supplied by Amazon, I concede that it might be slightly romanticised.
Either way, my point of view is that this shows has done more than entertain, because it's made me fall in love with the countryside which we seem to rather enjoy destroying for some reason? To think that Jeremy Clarkson could make farming look attractive to the anti-christ of manual labour really made me realise how much I loved the show, so I guess let this be a little irrelevant tribute to the show if not a waste of my time and probably yours aswell.
Those who chose against viewing Clarkson's Farm on the grounds that watching fields being harvested and sheep having fun times in public spaces wasn't their scene should definetely reconsider their decision I think, just because the show was so enjoyable. Just watch it for Gerald alone even.
The only problem I've encountered having watched the series is the conundrum I have been left to figure out ever since.
I can't tell if I liked this even more than Our Man in Japan. So I guess I'll let democracy decide.
Anyway, that's enough tv talk for one day. Hope you enjoyedddd.