Monty Don has been entertaining viewers with his extensive horticultural knowledge on Gardeners’ World for the past nine years, after making his return. The 65-year-old has now told eager fans that there would be no winter special of Gardeners’ World hitting screens any time soon.
His comments come after a viewer took to Twitter to ask the gardening expert if there are plans to continue the BBC programme throughout winter and into the spring.
The person in question asked: “Dear @TheMontyDon @GWandShows @BBCTwo please, please will you continue #GardenersWorld throughout the winter into spring.
“It’s so uplifting and I reckon we’ll all need this even more through the next few months. Please retweet if you agree #GardensHour.”
While Monty didn’t directly respond to the question, he later confirmed that any changes to Gardeners’ World would be agreed next year.
In view of his 188,000 followers, he penned: “Regarding winter GW programmes: All the programmes for the year ahead are scheduled in the previous autumn.
“All filming and transmission dates are fixed and crews and production team for the year booked by early February. So any proposed changes would only take place in winter 2021/2.”
Fans commented on the post, as many expressed their desire for a winter programme.
One person said: “The winter is such an important time in the garden to take stock, plan and prepare for the year ahead. How about one episode a month just to give some inspiration and motivation to get those jobs done that make the next year so much easier?”
“A one-off winter special would be lovely. Longmeadow glinting with frost. Although the team has given so much already, very grateful for the weekly fix, thank you,” a viewer remarked.
While a third person added: “Gardeners’ World is one of our weekly highlights. Hats off to you all for continuing under such trying circumstances. We have really enjoyed the new GW format. Well done to all involved!”
Monty has been keeping Britons – in desperate need of some gardening tips – entertained during the coronavirus lockdown.
The BBC’s long-running TV series Gardeners’ World has seen some of its highest ratings in a decade during lockdown, as people have been forced to spend more time at home.
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Earlier this year, Monty shot footage from his garden, with the series drawing an audience of 2.7 million, their highest ratings in a decade, according to MailOnline.
During filming, the production team remained socially distanced as they communicated with Monty through a walkie-talkie.
The show bosses are planning to air Gardeners’ World each week until October after putting in place measures to produce the show while sticking to social distancing rules.
Monty previously told the Daily Mail it was “odd” doing a day’s filming “without another human being in sight” but it was being done in a “highly professional” way.