Fifty Shades of Green with Alan Titchmarsh: To celebrate half a century spent in gardens around the world, the broadcaster visits his favourite horticultural locations around the UK with friends and experts who share his passions.
He meets food writer Mary Berry at his favourite vegetable plot, goes inside Prince Charles’ garden at Highgrove, takes a tour of Griff Rhys Jones’ epic space and and strokes the hallowed turf on Wimbledon’s Centre Court. Alan also returns to the allotment where, as a toddler, he was first introduced to gardening.
Fifty Shades of Green with Alan Titchmarsh
Alan Fred Titchmarsh is an English gardener, broadcaster, poet, and novelist. After working as a professional gardener and a gardening journalist, he established himself as a media personality through appearances on gardening programmes. He has developed a diverse writing and broadcasting career.
Titchmarsh’s first few television appearances were on the long-running BBC television show Nationwide as a horticulture expert. This led to his being invited to present coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show for BBC television in 1983. Titchmarsh hosted this every year until 2013.
In 1996 the cancellation of Pebble Mill at One gave Titchmarsh the opportunity to move back towards his first love, gardening, and he took over as host of another long-running BBC television programme, Gardeners’ World in the same year, the show being filmed in his own garden.
Mary Rosa Alleyne Hunnings, known professionally as Mary Berry, is a British food writer and television presenter. After being encouraged in domestic science classes at school, she studied catering and institutional management at college. She then moved to France at the age of 21 to study at Le Cordon Bleu school, before working in a number of cooking-related jobs.
Berry was born on 24 March 1935, the second of three children, to Margaret and Alleyne William Steward Berry (1904–1989). Alleyne was a surveyor and planner who served as Mayor of Bath in 1952 and was closely involved in establishing the University of Bath at Claverton Down. Mary’s great-great-grandfather on her father’s side, Robert Houghton, was a master baker in the 1860s who provided bread for a local workhouse in Norwich. Her mother Marjorie was a housewife who, on occasion, helped Berry’s father with bookkeeping. Her mother died in 2011 aged 105.