Former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond is heading to the rainforest to fulfil a lifelong dream and photograph some of the planet’s most amazing creatures in Richard Hammond’s Jungle Quest.

In this two-part series for Sky 1, Richard will trek through steamy impenetrable jungle, tackle the mighty River Amazon, sleep rough under the forest canopy and be hoisted hundreds of feet to the top of trees, in a bid to get the perfect wildlife shot.

We spoke to him about a breathtaking encounter he had with a sloth, dolphins that live in the forest, creating his own nature club as a young boy and how his friends Jeremy Clarkson and James May would have coped in the Amazon!

Richard Hammond’s Jungle Quest begins on Sky 1 on Wednesday, September 16 at 9pm. Watch the interview with Richard, above.