I love Gardeners World and I love it now Monty Don has taken over. But I am bewildered by the choice of other presenters. I mentioned this on another forum, but why on earth would the BBC want to take Alys Fowler off and replace her with Rachel de Thame. Alys Fowler seems to have a far superior gardening knowledge than Rachel and, in my opinion, she is infinitely more watchable. She brought a freshness and has radical ideas that the programme badly needed. Every time Rachel de Thame comes on now, it just grates me. And I see that Alys Fowler is not even on the list of presenters on Gardeners World Live. Unless she turned it down, why on earth would they not have her, when she has such a huge contribution to make.
As for Joe Swift and Carol Klein. I know people like her but Carole Klein just irritates whenever I watch her. Her over-exaggerated enthusiam is really annoying and her constant grin. Joe Swift is a non entity. Why not keep Toby Buckland and Alys and get rid of Rachel de Thame and Joe Swift. I suspect politics has a lot to do with it, in AF's case anyway?