Gardeners’ World presenter Monty Don, 65, has rushed to defend his team from the BBC show after a viewer declared that “there is no excuse” for the programme not to air “100 per cent original content”. The gardener hit back at the fan after they criticised the latest episode of the programme for “replaying old clips”.
The frustrated viewer penned on Twitter: “Please stop replaying old clips, there are enough people sending you clips I bet not to recycle old stuff.
“There is no excuse for a show soooo watched not to produce 100 percent original content.”(sic)
However, Monty was quick to point out that his Gardeners’ World colleagues should be praised for filming “any new material” for the show, as they are working hard amid “the strictest Covid limitations”.
The horticulturalist explained to the viewer: “We show 2 short films a week from previous episodes and about 45-50 mins of new material.
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“It is a tribute to all the team that there is ANY new material.”
Monty went on to add that due to the pandemic, he has been unable to be joined by the BBC’s production crew in his Longmeadow garden at his Hertfordshire home.
He continued: “There has been no crew at Longmeadow for over a year now and all filming is subject to the strictest Covid limitations.”
The viewer then took the opportunity to reply to Monty, writing back: “Then perhaps worth showing more videos sent to you instead, there has to be many high quality ones.
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“It’s been challenging for everyone but as a viewer I don’t really find repeat of any value.”
Other fans also commented on the exchange between Monty and the fan, with one person saying: “I really enjoy the repeated features.
“We’ve been very lucky to have 1 hour episodes from the start this series, normally we don’t.”
Another added: “This past year has been horrific & challenging for us all. I prefer to focus on my deep feelings of gratitude for all those who lift us up while we wait for happier times.
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“In the years to come we will remember Mr. Don & GW for the gifts they brought us, not repeats.”
It comes after Monty detailed his passion for gardening and filming in a recent interview with BBC Breakfast hosts Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt.
Naga said during the chat: “You love it [gardening] still, you love it!
“I was reading that you say you make every programme as if it’s the last.”
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Monty replied: “I love filming and I think you want to do well – the whole team wants to do well – and just because it’s a very calm programme.
“What you see is gentle and flows, you know as well as I do there’s a lot of paddling under the surface to made that happen and there’s a lot of skill – not from me in particular – but everybody involved is really good at it.
“And so, I certainly feel, ‘today this could be our last programme ever, let’s make it the best we’ve ever done. Let’s really go out on a high’, and tomorrow we’ll do the same!’
“And, that way, it ups the ante a bit,” he continued to explain.
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