Jeremy Clarkson branded a 'c**k-chafer' by Chris Packham for criticism of Attenborough's climate change moans

Jeremy Clarkson branded a 'c**k-chafer' by Chris Packham for criticism of Attenborough's climate change moans

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Alex Davies

By Alex Davies


Published: 07/11/2023

- 10:49

Updated: 21/11/2023

- 09:49

The Springwatch presenter was not happy with Clarkson's thoughts on Planet Earth III

Chris Packham has unleashed a foul-mouthed rant aimed at Jeremy Clarkson after he admitted to "hating" the latest series of Planet Earth III on the BBC.

David Attenborough has returned to narrate the third series of the documentary series but the Clarkson's Farm star has grown tired of the programme's constant references to climate change.


Writing in his Sun column over the weekend, Clarkson admitted he "hated" the new series of Planet Earth III, explaining: "The photography is brilliant. Spellbinding, even. But the words are driving me insane.

"Now all we ever get is, ‘Here’s a see-through fish with an orange stomach, and its future is threatened by climate change', and then it’s, ’Here’s something with pointy teeth and soon it will be wiped out by global warming.’

"We know already. So please, in future, tell us about the animals, not the b****y weather."

Packham took exception to Clarkson's remarks about the show and Attenborough's narration as he ranted on X, formerly Twitter.

Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson has slammed the BBC's Planet Earth III

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He hit out: "Not content with fantasies of throwing s**t over members of the royal family he now slams the worlds greatest broadcaster and the man who has done more than anyone has or ever will to protect life on earth...

"What a massive c**kchafer," Packham signed off to his 626.8k followers on the social media platform.

Clarkson - who took another jibe at the Beeb's wildlife programming in his latest book - is yet to publicly respond to Packham's outburst.

And the Grand Tour star isn't the only who's been critical of Planet Earth's return to screens after the Beeb were accused of exaggerating manmade impact on wildlife's demise by experts.

Chris Packham,

Chris Packham has slammed Jeremy Clarkson

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After the show was accused of "overstating" the demise of animals, particularly the turtle population on Raine Island, a spokesperson defended the Attenborough-led show.

They said: "The evidence is clear from leading scientists and experts that some species are struggling to adapt to a world dominated by human activity and we do not shy away from including examples of this in the series.

"We also feature stories where we see animals adapting successfully to the challenges presented by the modern world."

Countryfile star James Wong also defended the Beeb in an exclusive interview with GB News last month as he insisted "highlighting the need for climate action is impartial".

David Attenborough looking away

David Attenborough narrates Planet Earth III

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He told GB News: "We are in a climate emergency. None or a very, very, very small percentage of the scientific community would disagree with that.

"I don't know what the latest data is but previous data that I've seen is we're talking one percent so there is a huge consensus on that. So I think it's really important to have - if you're into impartiality - fact-based reporting (and to) report things the way they are.

"For example, it may be contentious to some people that the Earth is round but it isn't taking a side to show a picture of the Earth taken from a satellite showing it's round. It isn't being impartial to explain about things I don't know about, geology and astronomy, those things are just facts.

"So I don't think it is taking a side to do that. I think there is a potential to be taking a side in how the mechanics of how you want to address that climate change because there is a bit more of a diversity of opinions on exactly the right way to do it.

"But that's different from talking about it as a factual reality," the BBC star said.

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