Your chance to be on TV

There are two opportunities to be on TV at the moment: Spun Gold is looking for gardens for a new garden design series fronted by Charlie Dimmock and the BBC is looking for a new presenter for BBC Gardeners’ World.

Gardeners' World team
The Gardeners' World team of Rachel de Thame, Monty Don, Carol Klein and Joe Swift.
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Gardens wanted

Spun Gold (makers of ITV’s Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh) are looking for gardens for a yet-to-be-named new series on BBC. The show will be fronted by former Ground Force presenter, Charlie Dimmock and Harry and David Rich – two brothers who have designed show gardens at Chelsea for the last three years.

There is no title or transmission date yet for the series, which will provide “cutting edge design to suit the needs of the garden owner and use the presenters’ expertise and contacts to help garden owners transform their outdoor space no matter what the budget”. Apply to to take part.

Gardeners’ World seeks new talent

Meanwhile, the BBC is looking for a new presenter for Gardeners’ World. The presenter is in addition to current presenters Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swift and Rachel de Thame. The show has been running since 1968. Don has been lead presenter since 2011.

The BBC has yet to announce its 2016 schedule, saying that will be revealed in the second or third week in January. Klein said last year that the BBC did not give presenters word that they would be working on the show – which usually starts in late February and runs until November – until the New Year.

The advert for a presenter states: “BBC Bristol are currently looking for potential presenters for a new series of Gardeners’ World.  Previous television experience is desirable but not essential, as long as you are an enthusiastic and passionate communicator about plants and gardening. If you are interested and want to find out more, please get in touch with Helen Cawley or call 0117 974 2309 as soon as possible and before January 22nd.”

The position is ‘additional’ to the current presenters, who the BBC see as a ‘good solid team’. Initially the BBC wants CVs with relevant experience detailed and a photo.

Matt Appleby

About Matt Appleby

Matt is a former teacher turned journalist. He took up writing while in New Zealand and trained as a journalist there. He has since written five books (three on cricket and two on gardening) with The Children's Garden due out in spring 2016 published by Frances Lincoln. He writes for Horticulture Week and other publications. Married with two boys, aged 3 and 6 he lives in London.
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