Jeremy Clarkson (b.1960)
Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson is a broadcaster and writer who specialises in motoring. He writes weekly columns for The Sunday Times and The Sun, but is better known for his role on the BBC TV show Top Gear. He is renowned for abrasive and deliberately provocative remarks that have repeatedly been a source of controversy.
He was born in Doncaster in 1960. his mother was a teacher and his father a travelling salesman His parents set up a business selling teddy bears to enable Jeremy to be educated at Repton, the Derbyshire public school. Clarkson's first job was as a travelling salesman for his parents' business, selling Paddington Bear toys, after which he trained as a journalist with the Rotherham Advertiser.
Clarkson is most associated with the TV motoring programme Top Gear, which he presented from 27 October 1988 to 3 February 2000, and then again from 20 October 2002, when it was relaunched in a new format. It is now the most-watched TV show on BBC Two. He has also presented other motoring-related series such as Star Cars, Jeremy Clarkson's Motorworld, and Jeremy Clarkson's Car Years.
When he appeared on the TV programme Room 101, Clarkson listed among his pet hates the comedy show Last of the Summer Wine, as well as flies, vegetarians, caravans and the golf club mentality.
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