Posted: 11/03/2014 at 23:02
Should I. or Should I not add my two pennarth to this thread.
Firstly. I think that we all have to realise that despite the Chelsea Flower Show being, probably the world's greatest floral exhibition. The whole event is for the RHS etc to become the 'Widow of the Horticultral world.
The average tv viewer wants to be entertained. Whereas some would no doubt enjoy being lead around the venue by some Prof. of botany etc, who would without a script advise you of the name of this plant. Where it originates from etc. Everyone else would no doubt switch off. So to try and keep it as a family show, it often becomes a big joke.
So where do we go?
Let's take a look at some of the names already mentioned. Alan T. I like him in small doses. I think he has too many fingers in too many pies. I'm a bit envious of him. He's got a Kew Diploma, I haven't. Oh yes. He's got pots of stuff they call money. I think that Tv can help individuals and at the same time harm them.
The Irishman. Sorry, I have never met him, but there is just something about him I can't stand. I find some of his ideas crazy to say the least.
What we have to remember. The majority of presenters are required to work from a script or 'Q' board. Sophie is a good looking lady and very popular with viewers for her news reading etc. Monty is in my book. A great guy, he's gone through the mill in the past. He has a captivating way about him. He turned to journalism and has been casted in tv programs. However in my book. He's not a gardener. Nikie Chapman. I really like her. She's played her part in previous Chelsea Shows. To be honest. I have to admit. Whether she's showing us around Chelsea or Down Under or in Escape to the Country. I find myself looking at her, to hell with the program.
So where does that leave us? Basically that's where we came in. Do we want a knowledgeable horticulturist to show us around, or would we prefer a well shaped general presenter,or a guy who out to earn a good living.
So. Dovefromabove. As far as I am concerned. The job's all yours. However please leave the Miss Marple s hat at home.