Alan Titchmarsh

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Alan Titchmarsh

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5/2/1949, Ilkley, Yorkshire, UK

Birth Name

Alan Fred (I think that's right *hehe*) Titchmarsh

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Alan Titchmarch
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Gardener, writer and broadcaster. Educated at Ilkley County Secondary School, Shipley Art and Technology Institute, Hertfordshire College of Agriculture and Horticulture (Nat. Cert. Hort.), and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (DipHort). Apprentice gardener, Parks Department, Ilkley (1964-68), Supervisor, Staff Training, Royal Botanic gardens (1972-74), Assistant Editor, gardening books, Hamlyn…more

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  • Alan Fred Titchmarsh, born 2 May 1949, is an English broadcaster, particularly famous in the field of gardening programmes on UK television.

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    Alan Titchmarsh first few television appearances were on the long running BBC television show Nationwide as a horticulture expert. Titchmarsh admits "I suddenly tasted blood. It was - Wow!, I like this. I want to do more." This interest in television led to him being invited to present coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show for BBC television in 1983, something Titchmarsh has now hosted every year through to present (2008).

    Titchmarsh also appeared on other BBC shows, such as Breakfast Time and Open Air, again as either a guest presenter or as a gardening expert, providing commentary and answering viewers` questions.

    In 1988, Titchmarsh was offered a slot on BBC Radio 2 hosting a gardening show with Gloria Hunniford called House In A Garden, but by 1991, it was clear that Titchmarsh's future lay in television, and he was brought in to host another BBC television program, the long running (and now defunct) Pebble Mill at One talk show, hosting from 1991 through to the time the show was cancelled in 1996. Also in 1991, Titchmarsh hosted a 6 part series where he followed in the footsteps of the pilgrims, travelling around Britain and Ireland in the process.

    The cancellation of Pebble Mill at One in 1996 gave Titchmarsh the opportunity to move back towards his first love, gardening and he took over as host of another long-running BBC television program, Gardeners' World in the same year, the show being filmed in his own garden. In 1997, he took gardening to the masses with a popular BBC One television series, Ground Force in which he and fellow presenters Charlie Dimmock and Tommy Walsh would perform a makeover on a garden, Titchmarsh making full use of his horticultural skills when restocking the lucky gardens featured. The show has travelled as far as U.S. and South Africa, where a memorable episode saw the Ground Force team makeover Nelson Mandela's garden.

    Staying involved in gardening programs post Gardeners' World, Titchmarsh has hosted two series of How To Be A Gardener, which is his most recent gardening programming to date.

    Away from the gardening world, Titchmarsh has had spells presenting Songs of Praise, and a series of programs on BBC Radio 2 where he played a selection of light classical music, and more recently, hosting a BBC nature documentary series, British Isles - A Natural History. In recent years, his television and radio workload his lightened, presumably to allow Titchmarsh more time to concentrate on his growing career as a novelist and renewed interest in writing gardening books.

    Titchmarsh has also appeared in an advert for the Yorkshire Tourist Board in a series which included contributions from other Yorkshire-born celebrities including Brian Blessed, Melanie Brown, Darren Gough and Brian Turner, and occasionally does other voice over work for adverts. His recent voice over work has extended to voicing the title character in Gordon the Garden Gnome, a cartoon series for the CBeebies channel.

    Titchmarsh will be hosting a follow-up series to British Isles - A Natural History which will be titled The Nature of Britain and will focus on British plant and animal species. The series will be broadcast in Autumn, 2007.

    Other more recent various works include hosting a special edition of the Antiques Roadshow, entitled the 20th Century Roadshow, which focused on modern collectables, performing in the Children's Party At The Palace for the Queen's 80th Birthday, and being guest host of The Paul O'Grady Show while Paul was off for medical reasons. As of January 2006 Alan has a permanent slot on BBC Radio 2 from 18:30 until 20:30 on Sunday evenings named "Melodies for you" consisting of light classical and popular music, the show follows the traditional style of Sunday night broadcasting on Radio 2.

    As of June 2007, Alan can also be seen hosting The Great British Village Show, in which gardeners and cooks from all over Britain competed to be Britain's best at growing pumpkins, runner beans and tomatoes, and at knitting, baking cakes and making jam.

    Titchmarsh started his chat show for ITV, The Alan Titchmarsh Show in September 2007.moreless