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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.