Jeremy Clarkson: Clarkson’s Farm Was Rejected By The BBC Before It Went To Amazon

It’s been revealed that Clarkson’s Farm, Jeremy Clarkson’s escapade into the world of farming, was initially rejected by the BBC before it went to Amazon Prime. 

Clarkson’s Farm follows The Grand Tour presenter as he struggles to build a farming business ground the ground up. Fortunately, he’s got help from not only his girlfriend Lisa Hogan, but a number of professionals such as Charlie Ireland, Kaleb Cooper, and Gerald CooperWho Is Gerald Cooper From Clarkson’s Farm? What You Need To Know

In a recent interview on DJ Andy Jaye’s podcast, the presenter admits that he went to the BBC first about this project, but was turned down. 

He said the following:

“It’s a funny little dysfunctional family we’ve got there but it’s great. It’s such a harmonious and wonderful workplace. I thought, ‘This might work on television’.

“So I started pitching it to Amazon, who immediately said yes. Actually, I first pitched it to the BBC in 2008 and all they were bothered about was, ‘Where would the production office be?’.

“I said, ‘London, I suppose’. And they said, ‘Oh no, you can’t do it in London’.”

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He continued: “That’s all they said. They never asked what the show was about or where it was going to be made. Amazon was a bit less bothered about that – and here we are.”


Clarkson’s Farm has been met with extremely positive reviews when it was released only days ago, and the fanfare around the show has only been growing as more and more fans are watching it. Hearing this news, I’m sure fans will be questioning the BBC’s choices over the last ten years or so years after seeing the success of not only The Grand Tour, but everything else Clarkson and fellow presenters Richard Hammond and James May have produced for Amazon Prime. 

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