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Monty Don, 65, is best known as the beloved presenter of Gardeners’ World on the BBC. The show has now returned to the channel with a new series but the gardener has hit back at one viewer’s complaint.

Monty returned to BBC Two last night with the latest episode of Gardeners’ World.

He posted about the new episode in front of his 217,000 followers on Twitter.

The presenter wrote on Friday: “Gardeners World tonight at 9pm on BBC2 has exotic plants, floating plants, summer plants, prickly plants and edible plants.

“Plants to attract wildlife and plants for very specific conditions. Something for everyone.

“(Although no fritillaries as these only opened after filming).”

In response to the update, one follower replied with their own views about the episode.

They wrote: “Could do without the repeat features from last year though.

“So much going on in gardens now. It’s a bit lazy.”

Monty felt compelled to respond to his follower, reminding them “a global pandemic” is going on.

He tweeted: “There has been a global pandemic for the past year.

“It is a miracle that there has been any new filming at all.”

The criticism was in reference to some sections being repeated in the latest episode.


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This included a segment about a garden on a houseboat, which first aired last year.

While the follower wasn’t too pleased with its inclusion, plenty of other viewers praised the show.

One wrote: “Wow, I was so proud of my paltry pots until seeing your drifts of fritillaries, Fabulous.”

“Fabulous my perfect evening in,” added another fan of the gardening show.

A third penned: “Thoroughly enjoyed all of Monty Don’s garden programs. Learnt (sic) a lot.”

“Cannot wait!”, wrote another while a fifth added: “Looking forward to it.”

Monty often responds to his followers on Twitter about the show, including when he addressed a BBC complaint last week.

A viewer complained about the show being on at 9pm, which was a bit late for them.

They penned: “Slightly disappointed it’s not on until 9pm. Will it always be at this time?”

Monty agreed with them, replying: “Me too. I hope not.”

Gardeners’ World is on BBC Two at 9pm on Fridays.

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