Clarksons Farm: How Gerald Cooper inspired Jeremy Clarksons Amazon series

Clarkson's Farm: Jeremy Clarkson stars in Amazon Prime trailer

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Jeremy Clarkson has dived into the world of farming in his Amazon Prime Video show Clarkson’s Farm. The documentary series follows The Grand Tour host as he attempts to run his own farm with the help of some local experts. However, with little farming experience, Jeremy encounters a number of setbacks along the way. The series has been a hit with viewers on the streaming service and now Jeremy’s revealed one of his co-stars was the true inspiration behind the show.

Reflecting back on the origins of the programme, Jeremy revealed Cotswolds farmer Gerald Cooper inspired him to make the show.

Speaking about the farming expert, Jeremy said: “I was talking to him and he was such a character Gerald. He was either talking about herbage or Manchester United.

“Anyway, I was chatting to him and I thought god you’d be a great character on a TV and that’s where the germ came from,” he explained.

The Amazon Prime star went on to explain the next steps in the creation of Clarkson’s Farm.

He continued: “I started meeting everyone else around and thought they’d all be quite good characters for a TV show. Then I started watching TV shows about farming.

“It always seemed to be either Kate Humble, and I like Kate it’s not a criticism, but it was Kate Humble with a bottle and a lamb and some fresh straw in a lovely barn.

“Or it was BBC News with ‘we’ve got some footage from inside the Texan cattle shed’ which was obviously awful.

“So nobody really had a clue what farming was and so once I’d got the characters I thought we could do this,” he remarked.

Jeremy also noted it was important to have farming experts like Gerald on the show.

“It’s the same as I did on Top Gear and then on The Grand Tour. We knew, James, Richard and I, what we were talking about.”

“You can afford to spread the appeal out on the basis that you have the knowledge.

“You know, if you put three people hosting a car show who didn’t know anything about cars it would be obvious straight away,” he explained to Farmers Weekly.

The star explained this was the same process he used with Clarkson’s Farm in that he wanted to ensure there were professional farmers on the show who “knew what they’re talking about”.

Gerald isn’t the only farming pro on the hit series, as young farmer Kaleb Cooper also heavily features on the show.

Kaleb has become a fan favourite on the show as he’s not afraid to put Jeremy in his place.

In a recent interview on This Morning, Kaleb opened up about his relationship with Jeremy: “I’m the boss really. Technically he is my boss but he’s a boss and a friend.

“It’s difficult to work with him because he doesn’t listen to me but the good thing is he has a genuine interest in the farming,” the young star added.

Jeremy’s farm is located in Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds, where he also runs his own farm shop.

The Diddly Squat Farm Shop has been up and running since 2020 and Jeremy sells produce from his farm and other local businesses there.

Clarkson’s Farm is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

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