It is often said that when Alan Titchmarsh gets his hands dirty on the TV, gardening experiences a surge in popularity. 10 years after the heyday of Ground Force, the same theory appears to ring true.
After ITV announced that Alan is to host its new gardening series called “Love your Garden”, Channel 5 has revealed plans to expand into TV gardening.
Channel 5 has appointed garden designer David Domoney to present “Garden ER” – an initial run of 8, 30 minute programmes starting at 19:30 on Wednesday 13 July.
“We are not going for the Gardeners World audience”
David is best-known as resident gardener on GMTV, This Morning, Better Homes and House of Horrors. Garden ER will feature total garden makeovers, fixing viewers gaffes and special features like “Pimp my shed” this is where David has fun breathing new life into redundant garden sheds.
“Channel 5 has not really done gardening before, so it is dipping its toe in the water,” said producer Kerry Richardson, a former producer of Gardeners’ World and Around the World in 80 Gardens with Monty Don. Kerry said Garden ER will be aimed at “non-gardeners or people with little gardening knowledge who may feel intimidated by other garden programmes”. “We are not going for the Gardeners World audiences,” Kerry added. “Channel 5 believes David Domoney can hold the attention of non-gardeners and inspire them with his can-do attitude.
Channel 5’s viewers are young and don’t incorporate a traditional gardening audience.
David has surrounded himself with a team of specialist for this series – The Garden Angels are - Marcia, Brad, Karl, and AJ. The new gardens are created over several days – this ensures correct construction, pricing and advice by the team.
Special mention to Anglian Home Improvements.
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