Researching - or more accurately skimming round the various blogs and articles about his appointment - has obviously bought up the word ethical more than once. In fact if you can force your way through a blog by Adam Pasco you will find that Toby is currently making a Gardener's World special on the 'Peat Issue'. Groan. Doesn't your heart just drop.. Is anyone still so far gone enough to be using peat - apart from Peter Seaburk?
"I'm a very practical person, and a practical gardener".... I've gardened professionally as well as in my own back garden, so I have a wide range of views, opinions and experiences to share".
So what have we got now, Ethical, Practical. But wait for it.... all media buzz words go in threes so what other little linguistic gem will we have thrown at us.
Toby 'Tumnus' is in fact accessible!!! The Sock had always thought this was a word reserved for disabled toilets and wheelchair ramps. But no... the new Gardener's World lead presenter is also accessible. The Sock takes this to mean that GW will now be so dumbed down that even the most slow-witted of couch potatoes can follow it. It will form part of one of those much loved government initiatives to make us an ethical recycling veg-eating nation guided by the likes of Jamie Oliver!
Pasco's blog goes on to say
Having spoken to our colleagues at BBC Birmingham I know that a lot of audience research was undertaken prior to reaching the final decision.And then totally ignored. Or was the research undertaken with daytime TV watchers of the smaller cable channels?
It would have been so good if Toby's theme tune could have been 'Girls just want to have fun'.