Melanie McDonagh Melanie McDonagh

Do we really need more diversity on Gardener’s World?

Monty Don (Credit: Getty images)

Boo. Monty Don is retiring in a couple of years as presenter of Gardener’s World, because it’s getting to be a slog and a treadmill. But he’s already doing his bit to influence the BBC’s choice of his successor. He told Times Radio that he thought the show needed more diversity – and that the BBC should think ‘ten times’ before picking an Oxbridge-educated middle-aged man again as its lead presenter:

‘In a truly just and fair society, we wouldn’t care what someone’s colour or race or creed or sex was.

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