A lot of the flagship Chelsea programs are transmitted in real time (perhaps a few hours delay with some of the inserts), and don't seem any the worse for it.
In fact they once did a Red Button feature where Carol Klein walked all around the Chelsea floral marquee, chatting to various exhibitors, and showing us various exhibits, all in real time, and shot with a single camera. It was just as though Carol Klein was giving the viewer a personal guided tour around the marquee.
The whole thing had a sense of immediacy and reality that is completely lacking in scripted and highly-reedited programs.
If the BBC can do Volcano Live from Hawaii, why is it impossible to do GW Live from Hereford.
You could- Monty goes to shed picks up spade walks to the other side of the garden goes "oh no" forgot the secateurs-walks back comes back again digs hole-dog decides this is great fun and fills in the hole-plane flies over head drowning out noise-picks up rose pricks finger swears...............
Not exactly riveting tv -that is why shots are set up so you see the nitty gritty how much can you achieve in the garden in 20 minutes-not a lot I would have thought.
Showing Chelsea over 5 nights where it is showing static exhibits but no practical gardening going on in front of you eyes is surely a different -then it also has in-fills on how the exhibitor got to Chelsea.
These are completely different programmes.