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The Hamster with the pearly whites.
Richard Mark Hammond (born 19 December 1969) is an English television presenter, writer, and journalist best known for co-hosting the motoring programmes Top Gear (from 2002 to 2015) and The Grand Tour alongside Jeremy Clarkson (who Hammond was a huge fan of during the "Old Top Gear" days) and James May. He has also presented Brainiac: Science Abuse and Total Wipeout (the British version of the 2008 American show Wipeout), among others.

"Hamster" has a bit of infamy with crashing things; he miraculously survived a crash in a jet-powered car he was driving for a Top Gear segment on September 20 2006. The car reached speeds of 319 mph (513 km/h) at the time of the crash, which gave him brain damage. He returned to Top Gear in the first episode of series 9 that broadcast on 28 January 2007 where he got a hero's welcome. On 10 June 2017, after having completed a hill climb in a Rimac Concept One for The Grand Tour, he lost control of the electric sports car as it ran off the road and tumbled down the hill. Despite it landing upside-down, he was conscious and managed to escape with only a knee injury that needed a plate inserted.

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Conversation Street (Series 1)

Every time The Grand Tour begins the "Conversation Street" segment (courtesy of a segue from Richard Hammond announcing it with flowery prose), a video clip of presenters Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, and James May, all in silhouette against a white background, plays with something odd or unusual going on. Since the combined length of all the intro clips are just a bit too long for TV Tropes (by about fifteen seconds), they've all been divided up into smaller compilations for each series. Here are all the "Conversation Street" intro clips from series one.

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