Monty Don addresses future of beloved BBC gardening series ‘I’m afraid not’

Monty Don wants to film more series of 'Big Dreams, Small Spaces'

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The nation’s favourite gardening expert Monty Don is the long-running host of Gardeners’ World and Big Dreams, Small Spaces. However, the 66-year-old has not presented either of the cosy BBC shows since last year, leaving his fans wondering when the horticulturist will return to screens. Monty has now given BBC Radio 2 listeners an update on the uncertain future of one of his beloved shows. 

Monty, who has been the lead presenter for Gardeners’ World since 2003, was invited for a chat with Zoe Ball on Thursday’s instalment of her self-titled BBC 2 Radio breakfast show on Thursday.
Zoe, 51, was intrigued to know if Monty had any plans to record more episodes of Big Dreams, Small Spaces in the near future.
The BBC show follows Monty as he works with amateur gardeners up and down the country to help them create the garden of their dreams.
Three series of Big Dreams, Small Spaces have aired on the channel, with the last episode being broadcast back in 2017.

Zoe was hoping Monty would reveal a new series of the heartwarming show had been commissioned by BBC bosses.
However, Monty explained: “There are no plans, but I would love to.
“So if anyone from the BBC is listening to that, myself and the production team would love to do more Big Dreams, Small Spaces.
“We’ve been asking the BBC about it for a number of years so watch this space. But as of yet, I am afraid not.”

The gardener also opened up to Zoe about his Christmas with his family not going as planned.

Zoe said to the gardener: “How was the festive time for you and your family?”
Monty replied: “Well, it was quiet. We, like I guess so many families, had our brush with Covid.
“Not directly but it meant all plans were rearranged at the very last minute and you know people couldn’t go one way or another.

“But we had a very, very nice time.”
While viewers will have to wait and see whether Big Dreams, Small Spaces will return to the BBC, they can look forward to Monty fronting another gardening show very soon.
Monty’s new show, named Monty Don’s Adriatic Gardens, is landing on BBC 2 tomorrow (January 7) at 8pm.
The presenter took to Twitter to update his followers about the show, saying: “Beginning in Venice, prog one before moving down the Adriatic coast through Croatia, Corfu, Mainland Greece and ending in a very personal garden on the Island of Hydra.”

In October, Monty was overjoyed after show bosses at the BBC commissioned three Christmas specials of Gardener’s World.
The Chelsea Flower Show star has helmed several BBC shows, including Monty Don’s American Gardens, Monty Don’s Japanese Gardens and Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens, all of which have consisted of either two to three episodes.
He’s appeared on the channel for two decades after taking over Alan Titchmarsh as the lead presenter of Gardener’s World.
His only absence from the network came in 2008 when he was forced to step down from his position due to issues with his health.

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