Richard Hammond sets himself on fire for new show – Daily TV round-up

Top Gear presenter returns for dangerous new project

Richard Hammond has set himself on fire in his new TV show.

The 'Top Gear' presenter also threw himself backwards off a bridge while filming in Los Angeles for 'Richard Hammond's Crash Course', to be shown on BBC America.

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Hammond's face was covered in protective Vaseline for the fire stunt, before being quickly extinguished by a crew member.

Playing with fire... Richard Hammond (Copyright: REX)

“Back from today's Beverly Hills run. No tweet-fest from me today; gotta go fall off a bridge. Weird welcome in LA: thrown thru window yesterday,” he tweeted.

Hammond is, of course, no stranger to danger.

The 42-year-old survived a 288mph crash in 2006 after a jet-powered dragster he was driving burst a tyre and flipped over.

The incident saw him spend five weeks in hospital. [Daily Mail]

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