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Beechgrove and Landward return to BBC Scotland


By David Porter

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Two perennial favourites are set to return to our TV screens next week with the return of Beechgrove and Landward.

George Anderson and the team return for a new series of Beechgrove
George Anderson and the team return for a new series of Beechgrove

Beechgrove, BBC Scotland’s much-loved gardening series, springs back onto our screens at a time when gardening and plants may be the key to mental well-being, for many of us, as never before.

The series aims to wheelbarrow its way right through to Autumn on the BBC Scotland channel on Thursday nights and on Sunday mornings on BBC Two.

Given the current situation, the series, for the first time ever will see all the presenters giving weekly updates from their own patches of Scotland, Carole Baxter at her garden in Aberdeenshire, George Anderson at his garden in Joppa, Brian Cunningham in his family garden at Scone and Kirsty Wilson in Edinburgh.

Carole Baxter will be filming in her garden in Aberdeenshire
Carole Baxter will be filming in her garden in Aberdeenshire

Speaking about the new series Carole said: “These really are extraordinary times that we find ourselves in but one thing that is for certain is that we need gardening even more than ever for so many reasons.”

Over the course of the series, Brian starts a completely new project with Top 10 Plants for a bargain border, with all round interest, for very little money.

And Beechgrove is also set to go potty for houseplants, which are bigger on Instagram than travel, and they will be blooming bigger in this series.

Landward is also back on BBC Scotland on Thursday nights for its spring run.

Euan McIlwraith returns for the new series of Landward
Euan McIlwraith returns for the new series of Landward

Presenters Dougie Vipond, Arlene Stuart, Anne Lundon and Euan McIlwraith will be reflecting on Covid-19, the effects on food production and farming in general and they will be finding out how farmers will be affected with restrictions on movement.

As well of course reports about other rural affairs, food production and wildlife matters.

Anne Lundon is the first of Landward’s presenters to reveal her favourite stretch of beach - the stunning Eoropie beach, on the Isle of Lewis.

And viewers from across the Scottish countryside will sending in their video updates on how life is continuing on farms and crofts across the country.

Landward returns to BBC Scotland on Thursday, April 16 at 8pm and BBC One Scotland, on Friday, April 10 at 7.30pm.

Beechgrove returns the same day, Thursday, April 16 on BBC Scotland from 7.30pm-8pm.

There are items in both Beechgrove and Landward that were filmed before Covid-19 measures took effect and that will be reflected in the programmes.

Latterly, items for the series, both with presenters and contributors, have been filmed remotely.


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