I finished Clarkson's Farm – here's what I thought
And saw some sides of Jeremy Clarkson I have never seen of him before, but desperately want to see of him again...
There is an old saying that goes "the more things change, the more things stay the same." Clearly whoever wrote this was a moron- it makes no sense, and yet it somehow sums up Jeremy Clarkson's segway into farming from a career prior which, let's be honest, doesn't exactly parallel the farm life.
Clarkson's Farm was released yesterday, and I finished it about an hour ago. I will not brag and say I was the first to binge watch the whole thing, but I must be up there. I can honestly say that I truly enjoyed myself, much more than I expected to.
I realize that FoodTribe is very far from a film review website, but I hope you will appease my posting this here, as I felt that this was perhaps the only television review that might have a place here on FoodTribe.
Like millions of others, I have watched Top Gear/ The Grand Tour for as long as I can remember, and since I am fairly certain you don't wish to hear anymore about that, let's stay on the topic of Clarkson's Farm and leave that be. I bring up the Top Gear/ Grand Tour topic however because, for me at least, I truly appreciated Clarkson's Farm largely because of a lifetime of watching Jeremy Clarkson, but ultimately because of Jeremy's brave departure from the motoring world to a world almost entirely foreign and alien to him. The Jeremy who is boastful, witty, offensive, and of course most glorious and upright person of genius is still there, but there is so much more present as well.
In Clarkson's Farm, another side of Jeremy begins to come out, most probably due to his genius. It is a practical side that we see, a quite literally down to earth side, and most importantly a side which interacts so wholesomely with the other characters that he shares the screen with. This side has always been there in his other works as well, but to see Jeremy interact with characters so far removed from Hammond, May, and the usual cast of celebrities and other motoring characters makes you take a step back and rewrite the image of Jeremy Clarkson that is housed in the mind. I can quite honestly say that I never thought I would see Jeremy Clarkson cry about losing a sheep, create his own line of candles (never mind the name), or get stung in the ass, and yet in some ways, I enjoyed Clarkson's Farm just as much if not more so than Top Gear and The Grand Tour, simply because of his down to earth nature and his genuine connections with the other characters in the show.
In the last year, many people have been pushed to their absolute limits, both emotionally and financially, and while in the end Clarkson's Farm could be categorized as simply just another TV show, it is so much more to me. It provided an escape to a more wholesome world, nestled in the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, where for eight episodes, I could feel like I was free from the stresses of life and simply be partaking in the joys of bee juice, cow juice, and the smell of Jeremy's bollocks.