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The Beechgrove Garden is a television programme broadcast since 1978 on BBC Scotland. Over the years it has been broadcast on both BBC One Scotland and BBC Two Scotland.

History

The Beechgrove Garden is a gardening programme, which started on 14 April 1978. It was inspired by the garden behind the home of WGBH in Boston, Massachusetts, named the Victory Garden.[1] The original plot of land used was the small area of garden attached to the BBC studios in Beechgrove Terrace, Aberdeen. Due to its small size, the programme's popularity and the fact the garden had been transformed several times over, a new area of ground to the west of Aberdeen was acquired for the programme by Tern Television who have produced the series since 1992. The new site covers 2.5 acres and is located at Grampian Regional Council Brotherfield Nursery,[2][3] in Westhill, Aberdeenshire.[4] Episodes were broadcast from the site in 1996.[3]

The show was once parodied in the BBC Scotland comedy sketch show Scotch and Wry, with Rikki Fulton as George Barron and Gregor Fisher as Jim McColl (dubbed the sunshine boyos) "growing" whisky.[5]

Since the 1980s, The Beechgrove Garden has been shown intermittently on the BBC in England usually in non-prime time slots during the day.[citation needed] Since 2013 The Beechgrove Garden has been broadcast in the rest of the UK,[6] usually early on a Sunday morning slot.

On 17 June 1983, the 100th show was broadcast.[2]

In 1990, the decision was made to redevelop the garden, which meant literally uprooting everything and starting again. It caused an outcry from the press and public, but it went ahead and led to a public auction for keepsake plants from The Beechgrove.[1]

There was even bigger change six years later, when the garden moved from its original home to an exposed, rural hillside on the outskirts of Aberdee

The Beechgrove Garden is a television programme broadcast since 1978 on BBC Scotland. Over the years it has been broadcast on both BBC One Scotland and BBC Two Scotland.

The Beechgrove Garden is a gardening programme, which started on 14 April 1978. It was inspired by the garden behind the home of WGBH in Boston, Massachusetts, named the Victory Garden.[1] The original plot of land used was the small area of garden attached to the BBC studios in Beechgrove Terrace, Aberdeen. Due to its small size, the programme's popularity and the fact the garden had been transformed several times over, a new area of ground to the west of Aberdeen was acquired for the programme by Tern Television who have produced the series since 1992. The new site covers 2.5 acres and is located at Grampian Regional Council Brotherfield Nursery,[2][3] in Westhill, Aberdeenshire.[4] Episodes were broadcast from the site in 1996.[3]

The show was once parodied in the BBC Scotland comedy sketch show Scotch and Wry, with Rikki Fulton as George Barron and Gregor Fisher as Jim McColl (dubbed the sunshine boyos) "growing" whisky.[5]

Since the 1980s, The Beechgrove Garden has been shown intermittently on the BBC in England usually in non-prime time slots during the day.[citation needed] Since 2013 The Beechgrove Garden has been broadcast in the rest of the UK,[6] usually early on a Sunday morning slot.

On 17 June 1983, the 100th show was broadcast.[2]

In 1990, the decision was made to redevelop the garden, which meant literally uprooting everything and starting again. It caused an outcry from the press and public, but it went ahead and led to a public auction for keepsake plants from The Beechgrove.Scotch and Wry, with Rikki Fulton as George Barron and Gregor Fisher as Jim McColl (dubbed the sunshine boyos) "growing" whisky.[5]

Since the 1980s, The Beechgrove Garden has been shown intermittently on the BBC in England usually in non-prime time slots during the day.[citation needed] Since 2013 The Beechgrove Garden has been broadcast in the rest of the UK,[6] usually early on a Sunday morning slot.

On 17 June 1983, the 100th show was broadcast.[2]

In 1990, the decision was made to redevelop the garden, which meant literally uprooting everything and starting again. It caused an outcry from the press and public, but it went ahead and led to a public auction for keepsake plants from The Beechgrove.[1]

There was even bigger change six years later, when the garden moved from its original home to an exposed, rural hillside on the outskirts of Aberdeen.[1]

In 1992, The Hit Squad with Jim McKirdy and Walter Gilmour was launched. They revamped gardens in need, according to presenter Jim McColl, they started all today's make-over shows.[2]

Episodes of the show have been transmitted across the world, from Canada, the Netherlands, Madeira, Italy and Jersey.[2]

The 1,000th episode was filmed in May 2016.[7]

The theme tune for the show is the jig "Miss Tara MacAdam", written by Johnny Cunningham.[5][1] This replaced the show's original theme tune, "Sponge".[1]

Presenters

  1. ^ a b c d e "Garden parties as Beechgrove hits 40: Birthday bash for a show that’s still bursting with life" - The Sunday Post, 12 August 2018
  2. ^ a b c d e f English, Paul (2 April 2008). "GROWING PAINS; TV legend Jim McColl takes a swipe at new-fangled shows as Beechgrove Garden celebrates 30 years". The Daily Record. Retrieved 18 March 2018.