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Mip TV Picks 2008: Around the World in 80 Gardens

Creativity is key when it comes to genres that are as old as the hills. Err' or are about the hills.
April 1, 2008


Creativity is key when it comes to genres that are as old as the hills. Err’ or are about the hills. Let’s face it, gardening shows are hardly the answer to most commissioning editors’ dreams. Where’s the drama? Where’s the adventure? Well, a good producer can find both, if they know where to look.

Around the World in 80 Gardens combines travel, horticulture, culture and history into a series that takes viewers throughout the world, including stops in South Africa, the Middle East, India, China and Japan, North, South and Central America, Europe, and New Zealand and Australia. In fact, host and gardening guru Monty Don leaves relatively few stones unturned in his quest to find the most fascinating gardens around the globe.

So if you were flipping through the EPG last night thinking ‘All these gardening shows are crap,’ here’s proof that a good producer can do right by any topic. Partners: BBC, distributed through All3Media (London)
Aired: January/February
Length: 10 x 60 minutes
Rights available: World, excluding UK

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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