Friday Night With Jonathan Ross

The season finale of Friday Night With Jonathan Ross has an exclusive interview with Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond.

Some quotes from the interview:

“I was driving and then it was two weeks later and I was in Leeds. There was a sense of oh bugger. Apparently I was awake on the way to the helicopter and I got a bit fight-y, I wanted to do a piece to camera, but my eyes were pointing in different directions. I have no recollection of that, or the first few weeks.” “[When in a coma] I sort of heard stuff going on but I wasn’t in it for very long.”

“I had a slight scab on my shin, and that was it. All the damage was to my brain. I had post-traumatic amnesia, five-second memory, it happens as a result of brain injury. In hospital I was completely useless. I’d look at the menu and order my favourite, cottage pie. Five minutes later it arrived and I said that’s great, it’s my favourite, how did you know?”

“There was a point when I couldn’t daydream. It was very frightening, very strange. You’re warned about things like personality change – but how would I know?!”

“For my whole family it wasn’t very nice to see me in that state, and [my wife] Mindy had to consider the thought of bringing up the kids on her own, but I was out of it.”

“There’s a real sense that I’ve been very lucky. They’d [the doctors] be really cross if I did anything wrong. I can’t drink for two years – only weak lager, and only one or two. I’m sending Mindy to try and negotiate that down. You just do exactly what they say. The insurance rate hasn’t gone up on my car!”

“They’ll just be trusting me with sofas to test… Jeremy’s been gushingly kind to me, it would embarrass him to read about it… I wanted a T-shirt that said ‘I’m still poorly, you know’… next series we’re doing a polar race, I’m really looking forward to it.”

Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, 10.35pm, 22 December 2006, BBC One

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