- Nov 23, 2006
- Lisbon, Portugal
http://www.dailycamera.com/erie-news/ci_18712044Richard Hammond, co-star of the automotive-focused BBC blockbuster "Top Gear," has spent more time battling the stench of soiled diapers and rotting lettuce than palling around with Tinseltown types while in Colorado.
That's because the British star, often referred to by his fans as "Hamster" due to his diminutive size, has since Monday been shooting an episode of a brand-new TV series for the BBC -- dubbed "Richard Hammond's Crash Course" -- at the Denver Regional Landfill in Erie.
In the Erie episode, however, the Camera learned that the middle-aged TV talker is taught how to use various pieces of heavy equipment at the dump to process, compact and bury garbage.
Hammond could be seen touring the gas-to-energy plant Thursday with a crew of about 20. But a BBC publicity manager wouldn't give a Camera reporter and photographer closer access to the set without an assurance from the paper that it wouldn't publish photos or video until the show's air date on BBC America, which is scheduled for sometime in the spring.