At last we can tell everyone…
A few weeks ago, the people at Spun Gold Television asked if we could loan them a couple of portable toilets for use on the set of an episode of Love your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh.
Naturally we said yes, especially when we learned it was a good cause.
Identical twin sisters Rita and Betty who live in Salford have spent much of their lives devoting time to community causes and raising money to help others.
They were packed off on holiday and like it or not, Alan Titchmarsh, David Domoney and Katie Rushworth were coming round to give their garden a jolly good making over.
We sent two spanking new toilets up to Salford on a rainy Wednesday and the associate producer gave us the nod when things would be a buzziin, which was almost a week later.
We arrived to find a very busy crew tending gardens front and back and there in the midst of it all, Alan Titchmarsh busily presenting to camera.
And doesn’t this man make it look easy ? Once one take was finished, the director would have a quiet chat and then they might do another take, but shot from a different angle.
Then it was over the other side of the plot and up a ladder. There didn’t appear to be any reading of scripts, just Alan quietly working away.
Our Warrington service driver Teresa arrived out front to give the two toilets a quick spoodle. As we were chatting, another familiar face came towards us filming with his phone at the same time and enquiring what we were delivering. It was co-presenter David Domoney.
When told it was a collection and the nature of same, he commented this was something he wasn’t going to hang around for. We did however end up on his now popular video diary. David Domoney’s video diary
In the back garden, although were standing close to Alan, we didn’t actually get to speak with him as he was working non stop. David on the other hand was buzzing around like a busy bee and always had a kind word for us as he passed by.
Another crew were filming him putting together a timber archway, there was so much going on.
Out back, Katie Rushworth and Alan were exchanging banter on fence restoration. Despite the busy atmosphere, everything in front of the camera was done in a calm and professional manner.
But you needn’t take our word for it, hob-nobbing with the glitterati of the gardening world.
We made our own little video of the event and were sworn to secrecy not to release any of our film until after the episode aired on ITV..
Now fortunately for us, Tardis Times our quarterly newsletter publishes early July, so we could write about the event and put a video link in and release it today, so here we are.
But now we can talk about it. Did you see the show ? Our toilets in the driveway ?
of course the finished garden was stunning, right down to rose bushes named Rita and Elizabeth, donated by the former Dean of Salford who knows the ladies well.
We really did enjoy being part of the action and meeting up with the crew of one of TV’s best loved garden make over shows. If you missed it, try catch up on the ITV hub.
ink here (though this may expire) Catch up on the ITV Hub
Our little video is permanently on You Tube now.