Monty Don agrees with ‘disappointed’ fan on decision made by BBC over Gardeners’ World

Monty Don: 'I really miss' Gardeners' World crew

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Monty Don, 70, has responded after a fan shared they were feeling “slightly disappointed” after the BBC had scheduled Gardeners’ World to air at a later time of 9pm. The new series of the popular show began on Friday and the famed gardener has revealed he “hopes” the public broadcaster will not air it at a later time throughout the entirety of its run.

I hope not

Monty Don

Monty had typed in view of his 215,700 followers: “You have waited all winter, but the new series of Gardeners’ World is back tonight at 9pm on BBC2. 

“See you then,” he added.

One of his fans responded: “Slightly disappointed it’s not on until 9pm. Will it always be at this time.”

Monty could not resist expressing his disapproval of the timing, as he typed back: “Me too. I hope not.”

Underneath others followers expressed relief at having the gardening expert back on their screens after an extended break.

One said: “Welcome back. It’s been a long winter and we certainly need our weekly dose of Gardeners World. The first lockdown was on my birthday on 23 March so it’s a year next Tuesday.  Look forward to watching and learning with you and thank you to all your team.”

A second replied: “A rare day off today for me so into the garden with the blossom and bulbs then you on tv later. I’m in heaven!”

While a third commented: “So looking forward to your gentle and balanced approach to gardening. I learn so much from watching Gardeners World. It’s balm for the soul in a troubled world.”

Meanwhile a fourth typed: “This year, more than ever, the new series marks a brightness on the horizon. Looking forward to you and your guests sharing your gardens with us.”

Last series Gardeners’ World had also aired at 9pm, and the next episode of this series is set to be shown next Friday at 9pm.

The star began working on the popular show in 2003, before leaving the show in 2008 and returning again in 2011.

Monty has long been a strong supporter of the BBC and has hit back at sceptics of the broadcasters’ license fee in the past, as he said that he will “defend” it until the “very end”.

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The star spoke out on Twitter after “threats” have been made to “tear down the BBC”.

The Gardeners’ World presenter has said that although people criticise the public broadcaster, he will continue to “defend” it, as he has a “vested interest” in it.

Monty shared an article from The Guardian that said despite “threats” to tear it down, the BBC is “vital” in relaying accurate information during a time of “chaos”.

Alongside the post, Monty typed: “I have a vested interest.

“But I have worked a lot for ITV and Ch 4 [Channel 4] too and know that the BBC is like family: we may criticise it bitterly but should defend it to the very end. “

In response, one fan replied that the license fee model that the BBC currently operates is “doomed”.

They wrote: “With the greatest respect I am an admirer of you and your programme which has provided great respite these past months but you must see that the licence fee model is doomed?”

He wrote back: “As a state broadcaster it is paid for out of taxes and the licence fee is simply a ring-fenced tax.

“There are good arguments for paying less and reducing the BBC’s remit but on balance it is astounding good value,” he added.

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