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Gardeners’ World has long been popular with avid horticulturalists across the nation, all eager to learn new tricks of the trade to make their gardens flourish, and during the height of coronavirus lockdown it became a saviour for many. Now the series has wrapped, lead presenter Monty Don, shared his feelings about filming the entire show as a one-man-band from his garden, hoping he “never” has to do it again.
I am glad and proud we did it and I hope we never have to do it again!
Taking to Twitter, the 65-year-old announced the exciting news that filming had concluded for the 2020 series.
“We have now finished filming GW for 2020 and the miles of cabling all around Longmeadow are being gathered up,” he wrote.
“The final show has to be edited and assembled via a dozen home computers ready for the last broadcast on the 30th. But we will be back next March!”
Fans rushed to the comments section to applaud the team for all their hard work and dedication through such a tough time and commended them for their “effortless” filming regardless of not having a professional camera crew on hand.
One thought ahead to the usual after party the team would have to celebrate the end of another series, but this year is very different in many ways.
“Trying to guess the mood of a wrap party for one,” they replied.
“Relief tinged with sadness. Nope massive relief this year methinks.”(sic)
Monty didn’t hang about and made it clear that while he was “proud” of what they’d done, he isn’t down to do it again.
“I am glad and proud we did it,” he said.
“And I hope we never have to do it again!”
Monty has been filming the popular gardening show from his home in Herefordshire, with only his dogs and the local wildlife for company.
He is known to be an animal lover but lockdown brought with it even tougher times for the BBC presenter, as his golden retriever Nigel – who quick became a star of the show – sadly passed away early this year.
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Recalling the final heartbreaking moments he had with his best friend, Monty said: “The only good thing is that he had a long life, a happy life, and no illness.
“He suddenly started fitting one night and it got worse and worse and he had a brain tumour and that was it.
He continued: “He had gone to bed happy and was dead by midday the next day.
“It wasn’t slow or drawn out.”
Monty explained it was the sort of death we all hope for.
“It’s a proper bereavement,” he said.
“It’s true love and, as with losing anyone you love, it’s real grief.”
Monty admitted that he wept copiously after Nigel passed, and his 2016 book Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs recounts how his late friend rose to fame and had something of a fan club – he even has his own wikipedia page.
Nigel was buried with 20 tennis balls and some of his favourite biscuits.
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