Monday, 20 April 2009

Gardeners' World - Behind the Scenes Special

A whistleblower at the Beeb has sent the Sock footage of what is alleged to be meetings held by the Gardeners' World production team at the start of the new series..

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NB: Apologies if the timings on the gif are wrong for you. It is impossible to take into account different broadband speeds, internet traffic, reading speeds etc. which all vary wildly. I noticed in the last gif the 'crash' effect was rather ruined when the computer was running slowly but these fluctuations are impossible to compensate for.

14 comments:

Lia Leendertz said...

i hung around at the end waiting for it all to turn gory - must have been watching too much health and safety dogs!
That propagation class competition reminded me of the excruciating bit in masterchef where they have to be 'passionate' and fake tears or get sent home. The middle aged lady that quite likes gardening doesnt stand a chance.

Zoƫ said...

After the previous 2 weeks and the dismal display last series, I have to say Gardener's World no longer gets watched in my house. When my dear iGit called out last Friday, 'Gardener's World is on', I replied, 'so what'. Sad day in this house I can tell you.

Loved the clip though, is probably bang on the money as to how the numpties at the Beeb have managed to destroy a British institution.

Arabella Sock said...

I'm afraid I only watch it for the comedy value these days - although last Friday's was beyond parody and all the jokes were too obvious even for me!! I might have to find something else to entertain myself with. I do feel a bit sad though as I missed out on Geoff Hamilton and only saw a bit of Alan T. which I enjoyed even if he is a very irritating person. I never really took to Monty's style either. I really would like a decent programme in that slot.

Lia - you are right! I did feel there was something missing at the end of the clip. I should have arranged a nasty ending. Although sticking them all on the dole queue wouldn't have been gory enough.

Anonymous said...

Bitter sweet. Funny yet so sadly true that our great Gardeners World has come to this.

Martyn Cox said...

You've obviously worked in TV as I'm sure this is how production meetings work. Great stuff.

The Black Fingernail said...

Wonderful original (as ever) blog.

Loved the Top Gear gags. Off to buy the blue slug pellets in the morning...

BFN

Arabella Sock said...

HA ha ha! I think Blackfingernail might just be hinting that he gave me the Top Gear gags because I've never actually watched it!!! Well not all the way through... and then only because I was in Australia and it is on TV round the clock there!

Fat Rascal said...

Brilliant, or as Buckland would say -cracking!

Even the Apprentices shifted more soap than TB did seeds -and his were free!

Hope someone sits up and takes notice as it IS beyond a joke now.

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

Last episode was truly cringe-worthy and what's up with all those competitions all of a sudden? That whole masterchef thingy was mindnumbingly boring so why go for it on GW?

Having got that off my (ample) chest I have to say that I enjoyed your Behind the Scenes Special very much!

VP said...

Perhaps we need to be grateful it's got so bad and thus provides you with a rich seam of material to get on with!

Arabella Sock said...

LOL VP! The seam is too rich. I was overflowing with ideas along the lines of Cbeebies, Top Gear, etc. and then I realised that they were all too obvious! Not that I don't do obvious but it would be nice to something a little bit edgier!

Anonymous said...

Such a terrible waste of a golden opportunity. With interest in gardening at a peak once more and people craving genuine advice and information what do we get; crass, crap, dumbed down childrens television fot the lowest possible denomination.
But then it is what the BBC is doing to pretty much everything at the moment. Watch as the viewing figures crumble and then the BBC wield the axe on a programme that they themselves have destroyed. Tragic.

VP said...

The knives are out - even the expert gardeners are being critical now...

LittleGreenFingers said...

Genius! And as a gardener, I have to say, I'm more likely to watch the Apprentice than GW...