Growing the appeal of gardening debate
The Gardeners’ Question Time debate starts with a radio show, recorded every week of the year in front of a live audience somewhere in the UK. Interaction between the expert panel and the audience sets the tone for the broad range of Gardeners’ Question Time content.
At 67-years-old, GQT is one of BBC Radio’s longest-running shows, commanding the loyalty of a committed audience demanding answers to their gardening problems or simply yearning for a relaxing escape from the rigours of life.
The expanding GQT audience includes younger people, those living in cities and from varied ethnic backgrounds. Many are vegetable growers or interested in broader conversations around issues such as wildlife and the impact of pesticides.
This growing audience can now access the debate through interactive channels: the podcast, GQT on Twitter, the ‘Listen Again’ archive episode guide, and themed clips on subjects such as “Why is my rhubarb so spindly?” Answers and inspiration are available whenever required.
From Downing Street to Leyhill Open Prison
We travel 8,000 miles a year visiting gardening groups in surprising locations. We’ve already taken the programme to a call centre in Warrington, 10 Downing Street, Highgrove House (home of Prince Charles) the gardens at the Olympic Park, a reclaimed council block in Canning Town, and Leyhill Open Prison.
Growing since 1947...
Gardeners’ Question Time is BBC Radio’s flagship gardening show.
Innovative gardening entertainment
We’ve developed innovative formats and big, one-off, ideas for special GQT content. Such as the triumphant appearance of the GQT panel in an episode of The Archers and a mash-up with I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue that delighted the audiences of both shows.
Why won’t you take a question from me?
Comedy gardening duo Can You Dig It? perform an ode to GQT as part of the Chelsea Fringe.
Celebrating 20 years on Gardeners’ Question Time
Chris Beardshaw springs a surprise on Eric Robson, Anne Swithinbank and Pippa Greenwood.
Listeners get in touch on social media
— James Wong (@Botanygeek) October 12, 2014
— Charlotte Musha (@MissMushaville) October 12, 2014
@BBCGQT Beer traps are good. Or hand-picking – cooking and eating them is optional! In extreme conditions, ferrous phosphate…
— River Cottage (@rivercottage) October 7, 2014
— Katie Hickmet (@KHickmet) September 28, 2014
— BBC Radio 4′s GQT (@BBCGQT) October 5, 2014
— GroundworkLuton&Beds (@gwklutonandbeds) October 6, 2014