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I keep saying this but if you read his Sunday Times articles you can see he really is committed to that farm and going through a lot of the ups and downs that all farmers go through. This has been the case for at least a couple of years now.

Obviously, there will be a bunch of elements crowbarred in for entertainment but the central premise is about a legitimate effort to run a farm as a profitable business (albeit mainly unsuccessfully)
Nah. The Amazon money ensures it’s a profitable business. He’s made a show out of farming. Which is grand. But it’s in no way an attempt to run a profitable farm inside the show. I don’t doubt he cares about sustainability in his small town but the Tv show and the farm are Divorced from each other.
 

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Like I say, a lot of it can't be scripted. Yes you can do multiple takes, but you can't do retakes of shepherding. The animals only give birth or die once. The crops really are destroyed by pests and weather. It genuinely is a skill to drive a tractor and trailer alongside a combine harvester.

You can make it all into a watchable TV show but the basic premise of that show is real.
No. The premise is ‘Let’s watch a pretend buffoon play at farming’. Clarkson is monetising his existence and a faux character. He’s an honest as Boris at this point.

For the production cost of the show he could employ a farmer to run a profitable farm. Which he will have done. The show is 100% entertainment. Which is completely cool. But it’s scripted reality TV. Not a doco.
 

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I mostly liked when they scripted the rain and then the drought and the lamb births. Great writing.

Also @UnrelatedPsuedo you're aware that pretty much every show (even though those that present themselves as "reality TV") is scripted?
You’re literally supporting my point. Not arguing against it.

You can pithily ask if I realise that reality tv is scripted. But you know full well I’m not suggesting the weather is included in that scripting.
 

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Yeah that's my mate you're talking about there who supposedly scripted it so don't be a cnut eh? I can tell you she's got ADHD and definitely wouldn't have had the patience for millions of movie-style takes (nor would Clarkson I'm sure), but yes obviously she had to find ways to get interesting things to happen on camera. In fact most of her time was spent in the pub trying to get Gerald to turn up for spurious reasons to pass comment on things or "help out". But that's not a script.

I echo the sentiments of the vast majority of people in this thread - don't like Clarkson but the show is great and for once he's largely not being a prick.
In a truly box office ‘My dads harder than your dad’, my friend worked on production of this too.

At no point am I suggesting there are millions of takes. Nor am I pretending they scripted rain or lamb births. But they did shoot all day in the rain for days at a time and they shot multiple lamb births.

Just as they wrote a script around the lad having to cancel his perm due to Covid.

I haven’t even shot the program down in Totality. I’m hopelessly in love with a woman that giggled the whole way through it. It’s clearly loved by many.

You don’t have to talk about your buds ADHD as some Trump card. This is a scripted tv show with multiple takes. It’s often easy to see through Clarksons acting. It’s ALSO clear as day that he is moved by the births at times. But the comments on afterbirth are punched in. The lines weighing up beauty and ugly were written.

It’s a TV show. If your mate is involved she would have told you how the sausage was made. They returned for additional shots weeks after the fact that made it into episodes at the same time. Its TV.

I’m not saying anything controversial beyond ‘Clarkson is a bad actor. It’s easy to see and I can’t suspend my disbelief’.
 

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@Everyone - Judging my recent replies it does sound like Clarkson possibly fcuked my wife. I promise you all that’s not the case. As you were.
 

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The whole show was worth it just for the conversation with Gerald via walkie talkie during the harvesting.

Is Gerald also Kaleb's father? Or related in some way?
 

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The whole show was worth it just for the conversation with Gerald via walkie talkie during the harvesting.

Is Gerald also Kaleb's father? Or related in some way?
Just the same surname I think
 

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You’re literally supporting my point. Not arguing against it.

You can pithily ask if I realise that reality tv is scripted. But you know full well I’m not suggesting the weather is included in that scripting.
I wasn't arguing against your point, I was saying it was shit.
 

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I'm not saying it's scripted but apparently Gemma Colins is in the next season. no pig or cow jokes before anyone says anything, should go without saying but know what some of you are like
 

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I think most here would accept certain elements are staged, like making sure Gerald is on hand as much as possible since he’s comedy gold. That’s a given.

But “scripted” implies something else, which is what I think people here are taking issue with. Putting certain elements together and then filming what happens isn’t really the same as sitting down and writing a farm based sitcom which is what @UnrelatedPsuedo seemed to imply.
 

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Really shows up what a load of knee-jerk nonsense the hatchet piece from the Grauniad was much earlier in the thread. Bet she had most of written before she started watching.
Oh yeah definitely. I’d be amazed if she watched the whole thing at all.
 

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I enjoyed the series having binged watched it the other day. At least from an outsiders point of view, I think it does a good job of raising awareness of the costs and perils of farming, but also remained entertaining.
 

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Gotta say I really enjoyed the series and am happy to hear they got a second series. It was surprisingly informative about farming and Clarkson actually came across very well in it.
 

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https://www.theguardian.com/media/2...ers-lament-veto-of-jeremy-clarkson-restaurant


Fellow farmers, other food producers and local residents, even some who really don’t like Clarkson’s take-no-prisoners style, argued that the case illustrated a disconnect between planners and the needs of modern farmers to find new, imaginative ways of making a living.

“It’s a real shame,” said Pete Ledbury, who farms with his wife, Emma, at the North Cotswolds Dairy just a few miles from Clarkson’s Diddly Squat farm. “We know that we have to diversify to make a living and create more jobs for the countryside. Turning down projects like this doesn’t help. I think it’s pretty shortsighted of the planners.” Emma Ledbury spelled out the pressure that farms such as theirs were under. In recent years they have lost 40 of their 100-strong herd of pedigree holstein cattle to bovine tuberculosis, drastically cutting their chances of turning a profit. It costs 32p to produce a litre of milk, for which supermarket buyers have been paying them about 28p.

Selling milk directly to the customer via a vending machine at the Diddly Squat farm shop for a fairer price has helped keep them going and they were hoping to provide milk, cream and butter to the restaurant. Those hopes appear to have been dashed. “British farming is in a mess,” she said.