5 minutes with Alan Titchmarsh


Alan Titchmarsh has been on our screens for over 25 years – presenting everything from Pebble Mill at One to Songs of Praise alongside exercising his green fingers transforming viewers’ gardens in Ground Force and his own garden at Barleywood for BBC Gardeners’ World. Alan’s natural presenting style has made him a firm favourite with mums everywhere!

What would be your perfect day?

Sailing in a boat on a river in the morning, lunch with my extended family, pottering in the garden in the afternoon and dinner with my wife.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I always wanted to be a gardener.

What super power would you like?

I’d like to be able to banish litter – with a wave of my hand.

Who would you most like to star as in a film?

I’d like to play Richard Hannay in The Thirty-Nine Steps.

What are you reading, watching and listening to at the moment?

I’m reading I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, I’m really enjoying Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall on the BBC and I’ve always got Classic FM on. I host a Saturday morning on there.

Who are you envious of?

People who have more time than I do!

What are you most proud of?

My two children.

What’s your most treasured possession?

My Grandfather’s spade.

Who would you like to be stranded on a desert island with?

Mary Berry.

What’s your favourite tipple?

A nice glass of Claret.

Is there a cliché that you believe you should live your life by?

If you can’t say something pleasant, then don’t say anything at all…

See your garden on TV

This summer Alan will host Britain’s Best Gardens on ITV, which promises to reveal Britain’s 30 best privately owned gardens. If you think your garden is a horticultural haven you can enter your beloved plot for consideration at itv.com/beontv/shows/britains-best-gardens before 20 July 2014.

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