Richard Mark Hammond, nicknamed "Hamster"
is an English broadcaster, writer and journalist most noted for
co-hosting car programme Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson and James
May, as well as presenting Brainiac: Science Abuse on Sky 1 and
Sky 3, Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections on BBC Two, Should
I Worry About...? on BBC One, Total Wipeout, also on BBC One and
Richard Hammond's Blast Lab on CBBC. He has also presented several
one-off specials such as ITV's The Gunpowder Plot: Exploding The
Legend and the annual Crufts awards.
Hammond became a presenter on Top Gear in 2002, when the show began
its present format. He is sometimes referred to as "Hamster"
by fans and his co-presenters (Jeremy Clarkson and James May) on
Top Gear due to his comparatively small stature. His nickname
was further reinforced when on three separate occasions in Series
7, Hammond ate cardboard, mimicking hamster-like behaviour. Another
running gag by co-host Jeremy Clarkson is Hammond's supposed use
of teeth whitener, and it was staged to appear that he was caught
looking at a website on teeth whiteners on Richard Hammond's 5 O'Clock
Show. Clarkson had found a pack of teeth whiteners in the Marcos
TSO GT2 Hammond had tested. Hammond had objected, saying it was
a set-up. During an episode in June 2009 which featured the presenters
in their office searching for car insurance prices while pretending
to be 17 year olds, a teeth whitening kit was pictured on his desk.
When the Peel P50 was being tested in the Top Gear office, Jeremy
Clarkson was supposedly talking to Hammond on the phone about him
whitening his teeth for ¡Ì4000 .....