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James is best known for his dry witted sense of humor, for being a typical English gent and being a third of one of BBC2’s most successful presenting teams on the ever popular Top Gear, now in its tenth series.
November 2006 brought James to our screens in a new guise, a beer swilling wine novice with Oz Clarke endeavoring to teach him the finer art of French wine in Oz & James’ Big Wine Adventure also for BBC2. The unlikely duo travelled the wine regions of France in search of wine enlightenment with James also learning a thing or two along the way. For the second series the boys traveled though California in search of affordable new world wines.
During the summer of 2006 James presented the hugely successful James May’s 20th Century, for BBC2, explaining how 20th century technology has changed our lives. The show was rerun in September to coincide with the publication of the book to go alongside the series.
Christmas 2005 saw James in his very own BBC2 special James May’s Top Toys, re-living his childhood: playing with machine guns, blowing up ‘Action Man’ and recreating model train history. The show was a great success and My Sister’s Top Toys was on our screens just before Christmas, a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
Other TV and radio accolades include Breakfast TV, BBC Radio 2, The Boat Show, ITV1, The Car of the Year Show, UKTV and Channel 4’s Driven as well as branching into the “world of music” as co-host in January 2006 on BBC2’s Top of the Pops.
A freelance writer for many years, having contributed to Car Magazine, The Scotsman, Country Life, One, the Daily Express and various technology and travel titles, today James is a regular contributor and columnist for Top Gear Magazine, and writes a weekly column for The Daily Telegraph. His first book May on Motors (a collection of his most humorous writing) was published in 2006 with a sequel Notes from the Hard Shoulder published in 2007.
James has a keen interest in cars that are either very posh or very basic and a passion for motorbikes. He is a very relaxed and professional presenter with a sharp dry wit and an exuberant personality, making him the ideal choice for after dinner speeches and corporate events, past clients have included the Royal Bank of Scotland, JP Morgan, Sun Chemicals, The Carphone Warehouse, Rabobank International & Rolls Royce PLC.
James is a highly entertaining keynote and anecdotal speaker.