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Jeremy Clarkson is most famously associated with the British motoring programme Top Gear. It is now the most watched TV show on BBC Two,and is also shown in over 100 countries around the world. It won an International Emmy in 2005, for the best non-scripted entertainment show that was not broadcast in the United States. It then also received a National Television Award for best Factual Programme in 2006.
Jeremy is also known for destroying his most hated cars in various ways, including catapulting a Nissan Sunny using a trebuchet, and dropping onto a caravan a Porsche 911 (after plunging a piano onto the bonnet and dousing it in hydrochloric acid).
For three years Jeremy had his own chat show, Clarkson, on which he was most noted for offending the Welsh by placing a 3D plastic map of Wales into a microwave oven and switching it on. He later defended this by saying "I put Wales in there because Scotland wouldn't fit". Similarly, he once removed the USA from a map and renamed the resultant space the 'South Canada Sea'.
After the dismissal of Angus Deayton, Jeremy was one of a number of guest hosts recruited to present the topical panel show, Have I Got News for You. He was the first such host never to have previously been a guest of the programme. Clarkson has also appeared as a guest on the BBC series QI 4 times, and presented an episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
In addition to television, Clarkson also had a small role in the UK release of the 2006 Disney Pixar movie Cars as the voice of Harv.
Jeremy is passionate about engineering, especially pioneering work, Clarkson was awarded an honorary degree from Brunel University, partly because of his work in popularising engineering, and partly because of his advocacy of Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the 100 Greatest Britons programme.
Jeremy owns various cars including a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, a Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG, a Volvo XC90, a Ford Focus, and an ex-military Land Rover Defender, and used to own a Ford GT.
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