From TV Host to Farmer: Jeremy Clarkson’s Agrarian Adventure


In the 21st century, food production remains an enigma for many. While people are well-versed in nutrition, exercise, and diverse cuisines, the intricacies of crop cultivation, livestock rearing, and food marketing seem almost magical. As society drifts further from agriculture into the digital age, the appreciation for farmers and their essential work dwindles.

However, TV host and England’s “Sexiest Man of the Year” Jeremy Clarkson underscores the importance of agriculture in his new series, “Clarkson’s Farm.” Running a 1,000-acre farm in Oxfordshire, Clarkson embarks on a journey to reconnect modern viewers with their agrarian roots. The series offers a blend of entertainment, education, and surprising depth, making for compelling television.

Initially, Clarkson’s venture into farming appears more gimmicky than genuine. With a background in media and urban living, he is utterly clueless about agricultural practices. Nevertheless, he tackles various farm projects with enthusiasm, facing frequent humbling setbacks. Fortunately, expert farmhand Kaleb Cooper and astute business manager Charlie Ireland assist him, creating the aptly named “Diddly Squat Farm,” alongside the antics and misadventures showcased on the show.

Each episode vividly portrays the challenges of farming. Beyond battling unfavorable weather, farmers navigate volatile prices influenced by global markets, pests, bureaucratic red tape, and stringent regulations. Despite their vital role in feeding communities and maintaining rural aesthetics, farmers often face neglect and marginalization. By highlighting these issues, “Clarkson’s Farm” has become an inadvertent champion for the farming industry.

The show transcends mere promotion of agriculture. Clarkson, although inexperienced in farming, is a masterful entertainer with dry British humor and a flair for drama. Thus, while technically a “reality television” show, “Clarkson’s Farm” delivers structured storylines that build towards climactic moments. The personalities of Clarkson and his team are well-defined, steering clear of the artificial feel of many celebrity projects.

Each season features distinct themes and conflicts. The first season covers Clarkson’s initiation into farming, including land cultivation and managing animals like sheep, cows, and chickens. Conflict arises as weather disturbances and COVID-19 restrictions impede his efforts. In the second season, Clarkson aims to expand the farm’s shop and establish a restaurant with locally sourced food, clashing with the town council’s opposition.

The richest season thus far is the third, which shifts focus from Clarkson to farmhand Kaleb Cooper. Previously, Cooper played a supporting role to Clarkson’s escapades, often cleaning up his messes. Promoted to farm manager, Cooper now leads major farm operations, while Clarkson dabbles in cultivating untamed land and raising woodland pigs.

The dynamic between Clarkson and Cooper provides constant comedic relief as they bicker incessantly. Clarkson mocks Cooper as an “uncultured simpleton” or “mere boy,” humorously calling him a “fetus” despite Cooper being 25 years old with children. In return, Cooper hilariously criticizes Clarkson’s farming ineptitude.

As in earlier seasons, Clarkson faces resistance from local authorities, while Ireland tirelessly handles bureaucracy on his behalf. Diddly Squat Farm has grown into a popular tourist attraction, much to the council’s chagrin.

“Clarkson’s Farm” potentially inspires others to consider farming, return to rural life, and engage in sincere, tangible work. Perhaps in future seasons, Diddly Squat Farm will achieve profitability.

Auguste Meyrat
Auguste Meyrat
Contributor. Auguste Meyrat is an English teacher in the Dallas area. He holds an MA in humanities and an MEd in educational leadership. He is the senior editor of The Everyman and has written essays for The Federalist, The American Conservative, and The Imaginative Conservative, as well as the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.

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