(15 Sep 2008)
Richard Hammond has sprung to prominence as one of the three presenters on BBC's TOP GEAR.
Along with co-prersenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May, Richard brings an easy charm to camera, enhanced with a gentle and often self-mocking wit.
His style was seen previously in 2000 on ITV's Motor Show which was a lifestyle motoring show aimed at a broader audience than the typical petrol-head.
In 1998-99 he presented Motorweek - a weekly magazine for Granada Sky Broadcasting (GSB) also Kits n'Cruisin', a weekly look at unusual cars (and motoring people) and he's examined motoring consumer issues for Money Matters (The Money Channel)
Still with motoring - although with a twist 'Better Cars' took the cars (and their owners) to the experts, designers and whatever, to restore, adapt, 'make-over' or whatever is needed to realize dreams and make what might be no more than a family jalopy into their particular dream machine.
Through 2000-01 he was a comfortable and witty presence on the sofa of Livetime for Granada Breeze - presenting live hour-long shows of lifestyle issues and from November 2000 had a regular 2 hours live each Saturday with Home and Garden (Livetime) while also 'tasting' Canada for Carlton Food Network.
His lively warmth enhanced his BBCTV opt out for Children in Need, a characteristic he also brings to Radio with his weekly motoring hour on LBC and previously to BBC North, BBC Radio York & BBC Radio Leeds.
In 2003-04 Richard moved out of the garage for a moment when he tackled scientific matters for Sky One with BRAINIAC - a sort of Tomorrows World meets Jackass.
He has channeled his talents into the Corporate Market as well for such clients as Ferrari Owners Club and Renault Sport.
In September 2006 whilst test driving a jet powered high speed car for an episode of Top Gear, the car went out of control whilst travelling at just over 288 mph. Richard sustained a serious head injury and was on the critical list for some time. However, after an almost miraculous recovery, he was back filming Top Gear within a couple of months and by January 2007, was back on screen in the UK. Top Gear then showed the footage of the crash with Richard commenting on what he remembered of it.