JEREMY CLARKSON has been praised for doing more for farmers than Countryfile has by a fellow agricultural expert.
Jeremy Clarkson has brought farming into the limelight over the past year thanks to the huge success of his Amazon Prime Video show Clarkson’s Farm. Now, a fellow farmer has claimed the star has done an awful lot for agricultural workers, taking aim at BBC Countryfile.
Jeremy’s show was one of the biggest hits on the streaming platform over the past year.
The eight-episode fly-on-the-wall show followed the former Top Gear presenter as he adjusted to life on his farm.
Viewers fell in love with his hilarious antics, as well as his eclectic farming co-workers.
Now a fellow farming star has praised him for doing more for the community than Countryfile has since it began
Author and farmer James Rebanks made the admission at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.
“I can report back from within the farming community: they all loved that programme,” said James of Clarkson’s Farm. “They loved it.
“Ok, he’s clowning around and he plays to that audience.
“A lot of farmers are lads that like machines and they would have watched Top Gear and all the rest of it.”
According to GloucestershireLive, James then went on to argue how BBC’s Countryfile only gives a superficial look into the world of farming.
The author continued: “The whole logic of Countryfile is that you can’t make a mainstream, prime-time TV programme about farming because farming is for a niche group of idiots.
“And what Clarkson has come along and gone, ‘Actually, no, everybody will watch a programme about farming, you just need to do it in a certain way’.”
He also claimed Jeremy’s series has made “working-class rural men the heroes”.
The series was a huge hit as it showed the highs and lows of farming, including its tough financial pressures.
James is known for writing books like The Shepherd’s Life and The Illustrated Herdwick Shepherd.
His latest is called English Pastoral, which recently won the Wainwright Prize for nature writing.
This chronicles his Lake District farm, which has been run by his family for more than 600 years.
Jeremy has also been widely praised by the farming community as he recently won Farmers Weekly’s farming champion of the year award.
Posting on Instagram about the achievement, he shared a look at the magazine feature.
He penned to his 559,000 followers:. “Brinkwire Summary News”.