Hurrah! New Gardening Prog.

Looking forward to the new programme and seeing the hosts.  What happened to Joe's arm?  Does he still have it in plaster.   I hope not.  Very good luck to all on the new programme, may it run forever!!!



  • I also have not seen anything about this programme.  Is it on now or one to look forward to?

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    Have you looked at the link in my previous message??

  • It's on tonight at 8 pm on BBC1 Called The Flowerpot Gang, Anneka Rice, Phil Tufnell and Joe Swift." transforming gardens"

  • LeggiLeggi Posts: 489

    I'll watch it but I'll get annoyed if they make gardens for people who don't have the time (or in some cases the ability) to manage them properly, like the ITV show recently. I know it's nice to give deserving people pretty gardens but if they have three disabled children to look after it's only going to add to their burden.

    As nice as they seem, I don't understand what Tufnell and Rice will be there for either.

  • nodlisabnodlisab Posts: 394

    No please not another one where they spend thousands of pounds on a garden which is so far removed from the average gardener.Im sure we will learn such a lot from knowledgable garden experts like Anneka Rice and Phil Tuffnel.

  • joslowjoslow Posts: 219

    This was truly awful, just an hour of mawkish rambling. Nothing new, nothing original, if there was any gardening I missed it. I cannot believe it was on prime time, much better suited to Channel5 in the morning.

  • Could'nt agree more, got fed up and switched channel, roll on Friday for good

    old Monty something to look forward to

  • I cannot understand why the BBC waste money producing this type of programme when it has been done over and over so many times. 

    Why not extend GW which is something they know works and gets its regular viewers every week - I don't know what the viewing figures are for each programme - I suppose it is higher in the winter months rather than the summer.  If they cannot extend GW they why not a midweek update.  I am sure it is hard work for all the presenters and it is not a matter of just filming for half an hour to produce a programme, so why not have different presenters doing a midweek update or visiting other peoples gardens.  There is so much knowledge out there so why not use it.  You only need to read this forum to see how much people have learnt and can advise from their own experiences.

    We are supposed to be encouraging people to get fit.  A lot of people have gardens or balconies and should be helped into making good use of these.  People who have no knowledge of gardening see this type of programme and think that you need a team of builders, garden experts etc to get the garden going and are not going to give it a try are they. 

    Showing people that they can start a garden from scratch (the local freecycle group is brilliant at obtaining materials or even plants from other gardeners) is the way forward I think.  Gardening doen not have to be an expensive hobby and most gardeners are all only too happy to share plants they have grown and their wealth of knowledge and tips.   Books can be obtained from the local library or charity shops. 

    So a hobby that keeps you fit, can cost little or nothing, making friends, growing your own veg for the family or creating a wildlife haven and attractive vew from your kitchen window. 

    Come on BBC change the format and give us gardeners something that will work.


  • nibbsnibbs Posts: 16

    I agree with everything  Lavendar Lady says. I watched the program last night. Phil Tuffnel  was as much use as a chocolate teapot--always buzzing off to swig tea,and Anneka seemed to use it as an excuse to hug a load of men.The real gardeners were the volunteers.

  • I only watched about 10 mins of the programme and I thought it was a load of rubbish, turned over to watch Mrs Moneypenny (superscrimpers), not much better then gave up. Totally agree with Lavender Lady! The BBC haven't a clue about gardening programmes at the moment. We often refer to books or the Internet for advice Will watch Beechgrove on I-player, much more down to earth, sorry about the punimage

  • FloBearFloBear Posts: 2,281

    It's not intended as a gardening programme, is it? It's a reality-feelgood-makeover show or whatever they call them. Personally I don't see anything wrong with these shows if viewers want to watch them - mawkish seems to be an audience-puller. It is a pity if the message is going out that this is how to 'do gardening' but I don't think it is.

    Totally agree that there should be one more proper gardening programme somewhere in the schedule. 

    PS I only watched the second half, that was long enough.
    PPS I like Phil Tuffnell

  • KezzaKezza Posts: 90

    Oh gosh and darn, did it miss itimage

    Guess I was doing something more interesting like shopping, or playing in my own gardenimage

    Was going to watch it, for a larfimage, glad I didn't bother wasting my eyes given the comments above.

  • I totally agree with the above...although I only watched a little bit during the footie half-time, I don't think I'll bother to watch again. 

    BBC have certainly lost the plot (geddit) image  when it comes to making gardening programs.


  • LowennaLowenna Posts: 88

    I like both Phil Tuffnell and Joe Swift and can take Anneka Rice in small doses. I knew it was going to be a sort of "DIYSOS" of the garden but thought I'd give it a go.

    It was even worse than I feared, mawkish,over sentimental, supposedly tearjerking and very little to do with gardening. I managed to watch about 10minutes of it, in 3 segments ( I'd recorded it and kept FFing to see if it improved - it didn't) and won't bother again. A gardening opportunity missed image

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,205

    I don't understand why homes like these are not required to have safe and stimulating outside areas where inmates, families and staff can enjoy the outdoors in security and comfort.  Why does the Beeb have to send in the "experts" and drum up help from the community.  It should be a standard feature of all care homes for the elderly, disabled, whatever.

    As for the programme, I missed the first 15 minutes and, given what we got, won't be in a hurry to watch the next three programmes.

    As LL says, we need help for people of any background and experience to cope with their plot, be it from scratch or just needing a tweak or two, so they can make it a resource for their family to relax in, play in and/or feed themselves.  This programme won't do it and nor will GW in its current form so a new series is clearly needed.

    The Vendée, France
  • DaintinessDaintiness Posts: 949

    I used to love Real Gardens when Monty used to visit gardeners in their own gardens - they planned tog. and the gardeners did the work and we revisited to see how they had got on - real gardening with all its highs and lows. I think it was on C4 - a looong time ago.Much missed by me.


  • It had all the elements of the truly aweful makeover programme:  "stars" who interviewed the hapless and the hopeless, who, on cue, dissolved into teary thanks at the end.  Armies of locals, drummed up to do the hard graft, did their bit, and seemed pleased to have their own five minutes of TV "fame".  Saddest of all, the residents of the home seemed unable to appreciate in full the work that had been done.  (And as for the Sounds of the Seaside recording - words fail me).

    Won't watch again.  What a waste of licence-payers' money. 

    And did I need to mention the weather?  On cue, it tried to de-rail the project.  Plucky participants persisted against the odds.  Oh, good.  (Not).

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