Monty Don says viewers have been asking the wrong question
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Gardeners’ World presenter Monty Don, 66, took to Twitter this evening to tell fans that there is light at the end of the tunnel after viewers were left angry over news that the BBC programme won’t be airing as usual this week. It comes after Gardeners’ World was replaced in the TV schedule.
The BBC will be airing The Open 2021 instead, after golf’s oldest major was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Addressing the issue, Monty attempted to reassure fans that the upcoming episode of Gardeners’ World will be worth the wait.
He wrote in view of his 235,000 followers: “There may be no Gardeners World this work – courtesy of golf – but just completed filming next week’s show and it will be well worth the wait.”
Monty went on to tell viewers that they will still be able to get their gardening fix, as his other show, Monty Don’s Japanese Gardens, is set to air once again this week.
The horticulturalist added: “And there is another chance to see Japanese Gardens tomorrow and Friday evening at 7pm.”
Unfortunately, despite Monty’s best efforts, many fans took to the comments section of his tweet to share their frustrations about Gardeners’ World being taken off air.
One person commented: “can’t help thinking… surely there’s more folk interested in gardens…. than golf.”
Another added: “Golf? ‘A good walk ruined’ I’m not happy! Japanese gardens it is then.”
A third fan replied: “I hoped I heard wrong last week when you said see you in 2wks it’s time @BBC realize we Need Gardeners World & stop messing with the schedule.”
A fourth complained: “There’s BBC1 BBC2 BBC4 onlineBBC3 BBCiplayer various red button channels and the golf has to be on instead of Gardeners World ?”
A fifth penned: “What is it about GW that the BBC feel it ok to kick it into touch , move the time or put onto another channel at 10pm with no notice therefore missed by many? The bigwigs at the BBC clearly are not gardeners, very unfair to those of us who very much look forward to it .”
A sixth fumed: “Golf? Seriously?! How many channels could the BBC use to show one of the most boring activities known to humankind?”
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A seventh agreed: “I can forgive the BBC many things, but *golf* – the indignity of it.”
Another fan added: “Sleep inducing golf instead of Gardeners World. BBC needs to realise not everyone wants sport inflicted on them. Time they stopped interfering with scheduling.”
Speaking on Gardeners’ World, Monty broke the news to viewers and said: “I’m afraid that this is it this week and we’re off air next week.
“But I’ll be back here in a fortnight’s time at 8pm. So, I’ll see you then.”
Monty has been busy filming a special episode of the programme, which is expected to air next month.
Taking to Twitter last week on his birthday, Monty told fans: “Thanks for all birthday wishes.
“Am having a day filming in the garden for a special GW that will be aired next month.
“But wine will be taken later this evening,” he added, detailing his celebrations.
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