Richard Hammond began his career in BBC local radio before moving to daytime shows and motoring programmes on cable television. It was there he claims he was able to hone his presenting skills, safe in the knowledge that no one was watching. In 2002 he landed his role in the newly launched BBC Top Gear. The series grew to become one of the BBC’s most commercially successful programmes and amongst the most widely distributed in the world.
Following numerous other television credits, newspaper columns and penning several books, Richard joined his fellow Top Gear presenters in the November 2016 launch of Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour, now in its third series. That month also saw Richard join forces with Jeremy Clarkson and James May in launching DriveTribe, an automotive social media startup combining user generated content with influencers, motoring journalists and motoring brands. DriveTribe, which began monetising in March 2018, has made strong progress developing a model that includes integrating branded content into targeted communities and specialist interest groups.
Having spent most of his career working in TV presenting, Richard recently launched Chimp Productions a media creative, film and video house that has fast amassed a growing body of promotional content and broadcast work.