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Hammond addicted to Downton Abbey

Richard Hammond has revealed he is an unlikely Downton Abbey fan.

The Top Gear presenter said he likes nothing more than settling down to watch the period drama with his wife.

"I can embrace early middle-age, I'm 44, it's time I watch things like Downton, so I do," he declared.

"My wife and I sit there and then it finishes and we both just stare at the screen waiting for the next week. But now the series has finished... Oh God! It's not very cool, but there you go."

The TV host, who is presenting new BBC One series Wild Weather, said that because he spends so much time on the road for work and away from his family, when he's home he likes to fit in around them - even if it means watching "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Dancing Out Of The House type things".

"The thing is, I travel so much that when I get home, I want to spend time with the girls. Unfortunately, they want to spend time watching things I wouldn't choose to watch," he said of his two daughters.

"I've perfected the art of sitting in the room on the sofa but staring at the wall above the fireplace instead of the television."

:: Wild Weather With Richard Hammond begins on BBC One on Monday, December 1. Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip 2 is available now on DVD and Blu-Ray from www.bbcshop.com.

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