Diarmuid Gavin in talks with BBC chiefs over new show


Diarmuid Gavin in talks with BBC chiefs over new show
Gardener Diarmuid Gavin is in talks with the BBC about returning with a new style of garden show - as the days of massive television makeovers have passed.
Diarmuid, 47, fronted a number of BBC gardening shows but the station are keen to focus on the craft of gardening instead of the grand designs.
He said: "I may start back with the BBC doing gardening shows but they are not mad keen on creating gardens which is what I like to do. But we are talks with them at the moment.
"I've been very lucky because I've worked for all the channels but for eight years I was exclusively BBC. The gardening thing has changed with them.
"I was in, if you were a garden designer, for the best possible moments. Extraordinary times when gardening television was undergoing a big boom.
"They would certainly like me to come back and we are looking for the right project."
Diarmuid returns to RTE tonight with his show Dirty Old Towns and is also working with ITV on makeovers for This Morning.
He is also working on his return to the Chelsea Flower Show after winning gold last year with another dramatic creation.
Last year his Sky Garden attracted a lot of controversy - the funding for which was split between Failte Ireland and Cork City Council. Diarmuid described the controversy surrounding the project as a "dreadful scenario" but is determined not to let it beat him.
He said: "It's been difficult but you can't let that sort of scenario win or beat you. All we did was exactly as we were asked, we came in in time under budget and got the best publicity. We promoted Ireland at every turn and we did our job properly.
"It's very hard but you can't let it beat you. We'll go again and weíll do a great job and that will be our answer to that."
This is the second series of Dirty Old Towns and in tonight's show Diarmuid will visit communities in Portarlington in Co Laois, Summerhill in North Dublin and Daingean in Co Offaly. Dirty Old Towns returns to RTE One tonight (wed) at 8pm and the show will also feature on the Colm Hayes show on 2fm.

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