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Last Updated: Friday December 22 2006 10:11 GMT

Hammond gives first TV interview

Richard Hammond (left) with Jonathan Ross

Top Gear star Richard Hammond has given his first TV interview after his near-death high-speed crash.

And the 37-year-old told chat show host Jonathan Ross that he can't remember the two weeks after the accident.

He was left fighting for his life when he crashed while filming a 288mph stunt for the BBC2 show in September.

Hammond, nicknamed the Hamster, told Jonathan Ross that he is planning a polar race for his next stunt on Top Gear, which returns in January.

Doctors thought he'd be in hospital for months, but he miraculously was out in just weeks and is now better.

He still can't remember the fortnight after the crash in his jet-powered dragster while filming for the motoring programme.

Polar race

He said: "I was driving and then it was two weeks later and I was in Leeds (in hospital)."

In the jokey interview he said that after the crash he's probably going to be sent to test sofas when he returns to work, but added: "Next series we're doing a polar race, I'm really looking forward to it."



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