[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Saturday, 24 February 2007, 17:27 GMT
Hammond bid for Woman's Hour role
Richard Hammond (courtesy Top Gear Magazine)
Hammond surprised doctors with his "remarkable" recovery
Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond is competing for a guest presenting role on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

He is up against broadcaster Kelvin MacKenzie and comedian Andy Hamilton for the one-off appearance on Comic Relief's Red Nose Day, 16 March.

A public phone vote will decide who co-presents alongside Martha Kearney.

Hammond returned to presenting BBC Two's Top Gear earlier this year, four months after a 280mph crash during filming left him fighting for his life.

He was given a hero's welcome on his return to the show, which showed footage of the jet-powered car crash.

Hammond suffered serious brain injuries in the accident at Elvington airfield, near York, in September, but left hospital just five weeks later.

Woman's Hour was presented by a man, Alan Ivimey, when it launched in 1946.

It became Man's Hour, for one day only, on 1 January 2005, with Channel 4 newsreader Jon Snow at the helm.

BBC airs Top Gear crash footage
28 Jan 07 |  Entertainment
In pictures: Richard Hammond's crash
18 Jan 07 |  In Pictures
Woman's Hour reaches 60 years
02 Oct 06 |  Magazine


Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific