Top Gear’s Richard Hammond has second BBC show axed as Secret Service is canned!
It’s been revealed today that Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond’s BBC show Secret Service has been axed after it received poor viewer ratings.
And of course, last year, the corporation called time on Total Wipeout – much to the annoyance of die-hard fans – which Richard also hosted.
But of Secret Service being canned, The Sun’s TV Biz reports, “Insiders said bosses felt Secret Service — in which Hammond heads up a team of ‘secret’ agents who carry out missions for the public — didn’t gel with viewers.”
A BBC insider said of the show, which drew just 2million viewers in its last series, “It is not being recommissioned…
“Bosses felt it didn’t connect with a big enough audience.”
Richard began his career in radio but went on to present a number of daytime shows and motoring programmes such as Motor Week on Men & Motors.
He also presented the Crufts dog show in 2005 as well as the 2004 and 2005 British Parking Awards, and has appeared on School’s Out, a quiz show on the BBC which featured celebrities answering questions about what they’d learned at school.
Later, in addition to working on Top Gear, he presented Should I Worry About…? on BBC One, Time Commanders on BBC2 and the first four series of Brainiac: Science Abuse on Sky One.
In 2006, he presented Richard Hammond and the Holy Grail, for which he travelled to various locations around the world, including the Vatican Secret Archives, where he explored the history of the Holy Grail.
He also presented Richard Hammond’s Engineering Connections in 2010 which featured the intricacies involved in building Wembley Stadium and the Sydney Opera House.
Here’s a look at him on that show…