27 March 2020

Leading factual producer Tern Television, part of Zinc Media, is growing its gardening slate with commissions for two major gardening shows, both for the BBC. Fronted by Alexander Armstrong, Heavenly Gardens (2 x 60 mins for BBC One) joins another 26 episodes of Tern’s hit gardening series Beechgrove (26 x 30 mins for BBC Scotland with a network repeat).


Harry Bell, Managing Director, Tern Television, says: “With almost 30 million people participating in gardening in the UK alone, there is huge interest in this genre both domestically and internationally. This gives us a dual opportunity to be a trusted source of information, as we are with Beechgrove, and also to celebrate gardening as a basis to celebrate heritage and history, as we do in Heavenly Gardens. Whilst we have been making gardening programmes for many years, the key is keeping ahead of the curve.  With the enormous surge of interest in ‘grow your own’, driven by the audience’s concerns about carbon footprint and climate change, gardening is now more relevant than ever.”


Hosted by countryman and garden lover Alexander Armstrong and garden designer Arit Anderson, Heavenly Gardens showcases six of the UK’s most spectacular sacred sites where, at the very heart of their spirituality and sanctuary, are beautiful gardens. From The Bishop’s Palace in Wells Cathedral, Somerset and Pluscarden Abbey in the Highlands of Scotland, to Cambridge University’s stunning Botanical Gardens, Alexander and Arit meet the custodians of these glorious gardens to pick up gardening tips and discover the significance of plants in each place. Heavenly Gardens celebrates the importance of sacred gardens in helping provide physical and mental sustenance, and their role in reflection, spirituality and sanctuary.


Tern’s Beechgrove is the one of the BBC’s longest-running gardening shows with over 1000 episodes made to date. This topical magazine programme sets out to deal with, glory in, and celebrate horticulture and growing conditions across Scotland. Made for BBC Scotland, it receives a weekly network repeat on BBC Two. It also has a loyal audience on social media.


Tern has a great heritage of producing high quality, returnable gardening programmes.  These commissions build its reputation in the genre following previous successes including Weed it and Reap, Get Up and Grow and The Beechgrove Garden Story.


Heavenly Gardens was commissioned by Daisy Scalchi for BBC One. It is Exec Produced by Harry Bell for Tern at Zinc Media and distributed internationally by DCD.  Exec Produced by Gwyneth Hardy for Tern at Zinc Media, Beechgrove was commissioned by Steve Carson at BBC Scotland.