The Beechgrove Garden
|The Beechgrove Garden|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Running time||29 minutes|
|Original network||BBC Two Scotland|
BBC One Scotland
|Original release||14 April 1978 –|
The Beechgrove Garden is a gardening programme, which started on 14 April 1978. It was inspired by the garden behind the home of WGBH in Boston, Massachusetts, named the Victory Garden. The original plot of land used was the small area of garden attached to the BBC studios in Beechgrove Terrace, Aberdeen. Due to its small size, the programme's popularity and the fact the garden had been transformed several times over, a new area of ground to the west of Aberdeen was acquired for the programme by Tern Television who have produced the series since 1992. The new site covers 2.5 acres and is located at Grampian Regional Council Brotherfield Nursery, in Westhill, Aberdeenshire. Episodes were broadcast from the site in 1996.
Since the 1980s, The Beechgrove Garden has been shown intermittently on the BBC in England usually in non-prime time slots during the day. Since 2013 The Beechgrove Garden has been broadcast in the rest of the UK, usually early on a Sunday morning slot.
In 1990, the decision was made to redevelop the garden, which meant literally uprooting everything and starting again. It caused an outcry from the press and public, but it went ahead and led to a public auction for keepsake plants from The Beechgrove.
The theme tune for the show is the jig "Miss Tara MacAdam", written by Johnny Cunningham. This replaced the show's original theme tune, "Sponge".
The presenters on the programme included:
- Jim McColl (1978–1988, 1993–2019)
- George Barron (1978–1984)
- Bob Weir
- Dick Gardiner (1984–1990)
- Carole Baxter (1986–current)
- Sid Robertson (1990–1994)
- Bill Torrance (1990–1999)
- Walter Gilmour (1984–)
- Jim McKirdy. (1984–)
- Carolyn Spray (1995–2014)
- Lesley Watson (1995–2013)
- Chris Beardshaw (2013–)
- George Anderson
The Beechgrove Potting Shed
A sister programme, The Beechgrove Potting Shed, was broadcast weekly on BBC Radio Scotland between 1978 and 2012. Presented in its latter years by Theresa Talbot, it was axed as part of a cost-cutting measure by the station.
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