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.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)
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.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.
You’re literally supporting my point. Not arguing against it.
In a truly box office ‘My dads harder than your dad’, my friend worked on production of this too.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.
I wasn't arguing against your point, I was saying it was shit.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.
It's the strangest premise for a show. Jeremy Clarkson working on a farm, growing crops, building a nature habitat and talking about conservation. And a sheep called Wayne Rooney.I just started on this and like this better than James May in Japan series.
Never thought I'd enjoy a farming show, but kudos to Clarkson.
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.