Dr. Walter

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Petition to stop cancelling GW

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 08:56

As both a life long Arsenal footy-fan AND a life-long viewer of GARDENERS' WORLD - ever since Percy Thrower, then Peter Seabrook, Mr Billit, the iconic Geoff Hamilton, Titchmarsh, Buckland and, again, Monty - I am resigned to the fact that the (educational) programme has been unceremoniously thrown on to the scheduling compost heap and then tossed around in the hope that it decay ungracefully. It will not. Whilst all the BBC Boffins attempt to create new 'reality' shows - and inevitably fail - it seems that the real 'reality' show, GW, continues as a perennial - "decadial", in fact, as it has been on TV since the 1960s - favourite. Over two million viewers on a Friday night at 20:30 tune in for advice, imagination, inspiration and escapism. Long may it grow defiant of the BBC 'bean-counters'.

Monty's back with GARDENER'S WORLDS on 4th March

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 20:27

Monty's back with GARDENER'S WORLDS on 4th March. And the BBC hasn't moved the programme from its legendary time-slot of 20:30.

Welcome back, Mr. Don.

Chelsea Flower Show

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 22:28

Tonight's episode from the BBC's coverage of TCFS was the first full episode that I have seen this year and there's the same old faces. Whilst the show heralds "youth" and "new designers", the BBC's coverage is still the same as the last decade.

Yawnsville Nikki Chapman doing the "milk-run" of medal hand-outs is as dull as watching Nikki Chapman doing the "milk-run" of medal hand-outs from the past years. Might as well as dug-out the same film from the BBC Archive. Compost heap for her next year!

My wife said that in one show that a reporter interviewed two young, trendy journalists who could be prepped for next year's BBC coverage for a fresh view of this perennial TV event.

Monty Don's Blue Cotton Gardening Jacket

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 20:52

Has Monty damaged is knee of leg in some way? (Hence the walking sick).

Hidden Gardens - TV series by Geoff Hamilton

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 18:42

I was just reading THE INDEPENDENT's Obituary for Geoff Hamilton and it mentions that he was working on a TV series, Hidden Gardens. I cannot recall this at all. Was it broadcast or just in development before his death?

Thank you for any information.

GARDENERS' WORLD 27 April 2014 ratings success

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 18:00

I am glad that other fellow gardeners like BEECHGROVE GARDEN too. The Sunday morning double-header gardening hour on BBC 2 is a nice concept.

It would be nice to have BG shown before GW on a Friday night!

Come one, BBC Schedulers, be brave!

Monty Don's Blue Cotton Gardening Jacket

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 17:55

I bought a similar one - manufacturer YARMO and made in England! - Engineers Work Jacket - JK01 £18.45 - Does the job for me. Washes great (non-bio), 100% cotton.


Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 17:52

I have to say that for the last three years I have tried to sow seed on the New Moon phase and, amazingly, I have had more success. I was sceptic after 44 years of gardening experience but it, for me, it seems to work better.

Gardener's World and the average gardener

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 17:49

I do agree with some comments here that at times GW programme since Alan Titchmarsh's era has become a "middleclass" programme and has watered-down or abandoned Geoff Hamilton's era where he made-do-and-mend.

In these thrifty times - even the "middleclass" (yes, I have a well-paid job but we even do the Lidl-run or Aldi-run as well as dashing around Waitrose) need/are saving cash as everything become expensive - it would have been nice to see Monty Don attempt to say "well, I paid £700 (what's the annual £running cost, Monty Don?) for this heated bench but I need another one. You can make it yourself...."

Certainly, Geoff Hamilton inspired from 1979 to his (still) unbelievable death (in 1996) with his real down-to-earth gardening and that's why, every Christmastime without fail, I re-watch his TV series 3-disc DVD boxset to remind me that gardening shouldn't be a chore but a continual life-love affair.

Geoff Hamilton's faultless mantra re-centres me and regenerates throughout.

GARDENERS' WORLD 27 April 2014 ratings success

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 13:17

GARDENERS' WORLD on 27 April 2014 topped the BBC 2 viewers' ratings according to the official auditing company, BARB.

I think that this is the first time that the programme has ever been the no 1 watched show on the channel.

It had 2.32 million of us watching.

CONGRATULATIONS to every on involved in producing it.

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Discussions started by Dr. Walter

Monty's back with GARDENER'S WORLDS on 4th March

The best news this year! 
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Hidden Gardens - TV series by Geoff Hamilton

Was this ever broadcast? 
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GARDENERS' WORLD 27 April 2014 ratings success

Talking about the TV show 
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GW TV programme - Monty, how are the Robins in your shed?

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Hygiene and Birds (including Great Tits)

Spread of "Tit Pox" to the UK 
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December 2013 Issue - The Calendar

Why the new (disappointing) size for the Calendar? 
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TV programme - GW - 09 November 2012

Suggestion for future "Special" 
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