Clarkson’s Farm filming secrets – ‘disastrous’ incidents to tragic farm losses

Jeremy Clarkson wowed the nation when he turned his back on fast cars to take a moment to enjoy the peace and quiet of farming life.

The Grand Tour star has lived on Diddly Squat farm for many years, when it was run by a local villager – and, when he retired, Jezza decided to take over.

As well as running the harvest, investing in huge tractors and attending cattle auctions, his hit Amazon Prime series Clarkson’s Farm shows the journey of Jeremy opening up his resident farm shop.

It’s a move that proved controversial with locals due to the long queues of traffic that resulted from the shop, and there have been numerous complaints put through to the local council as a result.

But through all the chaotic and even "disastrous" moments filming, Jeremy came out smiling – we take a look at the juiciest behind-the-scenes goss in celebration.

Chaotic filming

Jeremy’s farming pal Kaleb Cooper has insisted that everything fans see on camera is what really happened.

Opening up on Channel 4 daytime show Steph’s Packed Lunch, Kaleb explained: "It’s chaotic, it really is. It’s so busy because you know, you can’t go out there and drill a field and then go right, ‘Did you get that on camera?’ and he goes, ‘No, do it again’.

"You can’t do that so if you haven’t got it, you haven’t got it, end of."

He added: "It's really difficult for the cameraman and the director to make sure they've got everything set up, which I see behind the scene.

"I help carry a tripod for them and help out with them but yeah it's really good."

Business rivals

Kaleb has also explained how he ended up working on Jeremy’s farm – and that they almost ended up being business rivals.

He told Steph’s Packed Lunch host Steph McGovern: "I worked on the farm with another chap in the village and we contract farmed Jeremy’s farm.

"I worked there for three years and then he announced that he was retiring and I said well okay no worries I’ll set up my own business.

"At the time I didn't know but Jeremy was like, ‘Well I'm going to do it myself, and he said, ‘Look, would you like to do the farming side of stuff?’

"And I thought absolutely, I know the fields like the back of my hands."

He went on: "Then all of a sudden the TV crew came along and asked, ‘Would you be interested?’ and when I started filming I was a little bit nervous."

‘Disastrous’ incidents

Between the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions enforced by Brexit, Jeremy didn’t have an easy farming year ahead of him when he decided to launch Diddly Squat.

He explained to Hello! that lambing proved particularly tricky, as there was nobody on hand to help with the birthing process.

"Ordinarily, for the lambing, we would have had a number of people there to help," he explained, "because I don’t know how to birth a sheep but because of Covid, we couldn’t have anybody.

"So I had to do it all night long, and I had no idea what I was doing."

Jeremy’s girlfriend Lisa added: “When it was raining really badly and we were trying to get the dam [going], that was just horrendous. Everything got stuck."

They eventually tried for three weeks to build the dam – but admitted it was "disaster after disaster".

Lisa revealed that originally the idea was that they’d visit the farm on the "odd weekend" in order to gently learn the ropes, but Covid-19 put a stop to that idea and resulted in a "crash course" on farming.

Family involvement

Lisa’s daughter Elizabeth ended up living in a mobile home with some family friends, who would periodically let the chickens out and get involved in the planting of the farm – so there was plenty of family hands to help out.

However, they had to remain socially distanced – though Lisa’s daughter was "really chilled" about the whole experience.

And it was up to Lisa to film plenty of the content herself, on what she deems a "very wobbly production".

Jeremy advised her on the best camera angles to use, but Lisa explained that as he’s due to wrapping filming quickly with professional film crews, it proved difficult – and he was "incredibly bossy."

Tragic losses

A far cry from lambing season, Jeremy has spoken about the slaughter of sheep for the meat industry – something his Amazon show delves into.

He said ahead of the show’s launch: "Well, it wasn’t fun. Nobody likes killing an animal. You’d be deranged. You’d be a sociopath! But you’ve got to experience the business."

He added: "And then all the lambs I gave birth to. I actually delivered them, nurtured them, raised them, watched them grow, watched their tails fall off, watched their balls fall off. It’s a process.

"I’m not prepared to go vegan; that would be silly, but it was a process you have to go through to run a farm."

Public fury

Though Jeremy owns around 1,000 acres of land, he has still managed to evoke ire from his neighbours.

As his farm shop is open to the public, it often causes traffic jams around the area – and police have even been called out to the site as a result of the immense number of visitors.

A Thames Valley Police spokesperson told MailOnline earlier this year: "Officers received reports in relation to congestion on the roads in Chadlington.

"Officers attended the scene, but no crime had been committed."

Jeremy was also forced to apologise to the locals on Twitter, as he penned: "People of Chadlington. I’m truly sorry about the traffic around our farm shop last weekend. We are doing everything we can to improve the situation."

His recent planning applications to develop the site, including making external alterations to one of the buildings, was met with concern from locals, who worry the plans will have a "negative impact on the landscape".

Chadlington parish council said it had no objections to the build but said the plans "should not confirm a change of use status for this agricultural building".

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