Clarkson’s Farm aka Diddly Squat Farm was formerly part of the Sarsden estate in Oxfordshire. Jeremy Clarkson bought about a thousand acres (4 km2) in 2008 including Curdle Hill Farm. The fields were mostly arable, growing a rotation of barley, rapeseed and wheat. These were farmed on a contract basis by a local villager called Howard but he retired in 2019. Clarkson then decided to try farming the land himself.
The farm was renamed “Diddly Squat” by Clarkson to indicate its lack of productivity, as diddly squat is slang for “the least amount”, “anything”, or “nothing”. His work was documented in the TV documentary series Clarkson’s Farm (2021) where Jeremy Clarkson as he attempts to run a farm in the countryside. With no previous farming experience, Jeremy contends with the worst farming weather in decades, disobedient animals, unresponsive crops, and an unexpected pandemic.
After a few seasons, Jeremy Clarkson recruited Kaleb Cooper, who became a fan favorite on the series.
April 11, 1960 (63)
Jeremy Clarkson is an English broadcaster, journalist, farmer, game show host and writer who specializes in motoring. He is best known for the motoring programmes Top Gear and The Grand Tour. He also wrote writes weekly columns for The Sunday Times and The Sun.
Clarkson’s television career is marked by his long tenure on “Top Gear,” from 1988 to 2015, where he, along with co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May, gained international fame. The show’s unique blend of car reviews, challenges, and journeys contributed significantly to its global appeal. Following his departure from “Top Gear,” Clarkson, alongside Hammond and May, started “The Grand Tour” on Amazon Prime, continuing their distinctive style of motoring entertainment. Clarkson has also ventured into other genres, including hosting the revival of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” in 2018 and presenting the documentary series “Clarkson’s Farm.”
Collaborations have been pivotal in Clarkson’s career. His partnership with Richard Hammond and James May is among the most notable, with their chemistry and banter being a key element of both “Top Gear” and “The Grand Tour.” Clarkson has also worked closely with producers like Andy Wilman, who played a significant role in the success of both shows. His interactions with various guests and celebrities on his shows, and more recently with farming expert Kaleb Cooper in “Clarkson’s Farm,” have continue to bring in a wider audience into his network.