The Beechgrove gardening series will have a 26 week run in 2020, with a further eight packages of special highlights to be shown over the winter.
The boost in the run of the series, which is initially shown on the BBC Scotland channel on Thursdays with a further transmission across the UK on BBC Two on Sunday mornings, will return the series to be onscreen across the spring, summer and autumn.
Steve Carson, Head of Multi-Platform Commissioning, says: “We tried something different with Beechgrove this year with social media packages, more outings for the presenters on Radio Scotland’s Grow It and a shortened TV run, but the response from the public has been very clear.
“We have taken on board the feedback and for 2020 there will be a 26 week run of the programme on the BBC Scotland channel and on BBC Two across the UK.”
The aim for the new extended series in 2020 is a new reinvigorated Beechgrove, continuing with features on a range of stunning gardens and practical planting advice, but also highlighting gardening possibilities and benefits for a wide spectrum of people across urban and rural landscapes.
The further eight programmes of highlights from the series will focus on themes ranging from wildlife gardening to gardening’s health benefits – physical and mental – and art in gardening.
Gwyneth Hardy, Executive Producer at Tern TV in Aberdeen, says: “We are looking forward to Beechgrove ‘blooming large’ on the BBC Scotland channel next year and building stronger roots within this new televisual ‘home’.
“We are also delighted to be bringing Beechgrove cheer over the winter with the special packages of highlights from recent series.”