Richard Hammond has signed up to present a children’s TV series.

The Top Gear host will front Richard Hammond’s Lab Rats, set in the world of a secret underground laboratory.

Richard, 38, whos’ widely known as the Hamster, is jointly producing the studio-based CBBC science show through his own independent production company, Hamster’s Wheel.

The £2 million series will ask children to carry out a series of experiments and messy challenges.

Richard presents the show as the ‘Willy Wonka of the science world’, living in a stately home with a secret laboratory below the stables, where he keeps his cars.

Richard Hammond’s Lab Rats will be broadcast early next year on BBC One and on digital channel CBBC.

Peter Wyles, who devised the format, said of the former Brainiac presenter: “Richard is the perfect person to host this series – he lives and breathes the world of popular science.”