Clarkson hints of return to TV at Belfast show

Jeremy Clarkson during the opening night of Clarkson, Hammond and May Live
Jeremy Clarkson during the opening night of Clarkson, Hammond and May Live

Jeremy Clarkson dropped his broadest hint yet of a return to television as he teamed up with his former Top Gear presenters during a live show.

He entered to the theme of boxing anthem ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ as he made his first public appearance with Richard Hammond and James May since he was dropped by the BBC in March following a “fracas” with a producer.

Richard Hammond (left) and James May

Richard Hammond (left) and James May

The show, which kicks off a global super car tour, saw him arrive in a hovercraft.

“We have had a lot of interest from all around the world in our TV programme and who knows what may happen,” he told the audience.

Clarkson told of his liking for the Alfa Romeo, with an engine he compared to somebody screaming in your ear, which he demonstrated on Hammond.

“All of us have friends who have got flaws, they turn up late, they have smelly armpits,” he said.

It is the first time the trio have embarked on a live stage show since being dumped from the BBC

It is the first time the trio have embarked on a live stage show since being dumped from the BBC

“To err is human, that is the great thing about the car, it has faults like we all do, that is the great thing about that car, it has faults like we all do, me in particular.”

One of the cast supporting Clarkson, Hammond and May was injured earlier in the day and taken to hospital.

But the trio survived during a performance packed with ribald jokes.

The performance was laced with repeated swipes at paperwork and lawyers.

It was also predictably politically incorrect, with jokes about the French and disability.

They have not appeared on the same stage since Clarkson left the BBC.

The BBC stripped its branding from the live show after Clarkson’s departure.

Clarkson made several references to his former career as a TV presenter.

“This TV lark is much harder, you have to remember your lines, remember where to stand, you cannot be rude about your colleagues, you cannot swear.”

They raced three-wheeled Reliant Robins around the track, inevitably all ending up on their sides, and 55-year-old Clarkson squeezed delicately from his.

“Can I have a Caesarean?” he asked.

The six-month global tour of the ‘Clarkson, Hammond and May Live’ team will end in London in November.