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Richard Hammond’s Miracles of Nature wins ‘Oscar’ of science filmmaking

Richard and the Richard Hammond’s Miracles of Nature team have won a major, internationally recognised accolade for the series – Best Hosted or Presenter-Led Programme at the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards.


Richard and the gang walked away with the gong ahead of prestigious competitors in the category; David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alivd 3D and COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey.

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Each episode analyses several of the very best, cringe-worthy, “oh my God” moments out there to see how and why human “test-dummies” failed to complete their task. One thing is for sure: if they do not understand the science…they will definitely get hurt!

I hope you enjoy / grimace at it! In the meantime, find out more here.

The awards are known as the science world’s equivalent to the Oscars, and all entries are critiqued by a leading panel of judges. The latest accolade follows on from a previous win at the Jackson Hole Film Festival 2013, and a CINE Golden Eagle Award for Televised Documentary and Performance Division.

More recently, Richard also saw another of his shows, How To Build a Planet, nominated for an EMMY.

Richard is currently putting the final touches to his new BBC One series, Wildest Weather, which will be on TV screens very soon!

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Science of Stupid to air on National Geographic Channel

Folk around the world - my new show, National Geographic's Science of Stupid - a 14 episode exploration of jaw-dropping foolishness and a breakdown of the science behind that said foolishness - is on your screens very soon.


For people of the UK, Science of Stupid begins on Wednesday 9 April at 10pm, and you can also see me showcasing amateur stunts-gone-wrong in France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Russia (though you may need to consult one of those old-fashioned TV guides to check when it’ll start where you are).

Each episode analyses several of the very best, cringe-worthy, “oh my God” moments out there to see how and why human “test-dummies” failed to complete their task. One thing is for sure: if they do not understand the science…they will definitely get hurt!

I hope you enjoy / grimace at it! In the meantime, find out more here.

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Top Gear returns on 2 Feb

Top Gear is back for series 21 (!!) on Sunday 2 Feb at 8pm, BBC Two where once again I'll be joined by the other two.

No expense has been spared, as demonstrated in this preview clip.

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Sunday Times serialise
On The Road

There was a sneaky preview of On The Road, my new book, in the Sunday Times last weekend.

It was an edited serialisation, so forgive any huge leaps in time (!), but hopefully it gives a flavor of what I’ve tried to do with the book.

You can read more about it in the books section.

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My two new books!

Well, I've been busy writing away in solitary confinement and I'm proud to have two books hitting the shelves on 7 November.

The first, Richard Hammond: On The Road, is one of those very grown-up autobiography-type things, and is my recalling journeys that were at particularly poignant moments of my life. We all grow up on the road; from pram to wedding car to, well, that final journey in the back of a hearse. And it’s the story of those journeys, sometimes big and important, but mostly humdrum and everyday that best tell the story of our lives. The journeys in this book are not to the North Pole or the source of the Amazon; they’re to school, to the dentist or to work. But they were the trips that took me on the bigger journey from childhood to adulthood. We’ve all made that journey, we’ve all spent those times on the road. These are mine.

The second is Richard Hammond’s Great Mysteries of the World. I’ve always been fascinated by msteries, from Atlanta to the Loch Ness Monster to the Mary Rose. This book encourages readers to consider all the evidence and decide for themselves the truth in the mystery. I’m delighted with it and hope it’s as fun to you as you read it as it was for me putting it together.

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For more, visit the book section here!

Website updates

Well, welcome to my newly shiny, updated website. It’s just a better version with some new features, sections and more regular updates on what I’ve been up to. With two books and a new Top Gear DVD out, a new Top Gear series and other TV projects coming up, there’s been plenty going on, and this is the place to find out more about all of that.

Do look around, let me know what you think and if you spot anything we’ve missed (or you just really, really, really hate something) get in touch.

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