Channel Five shelves garden show amid controversy

Channel Five has indefinitely delayed the last two episodes of garden series I Own Britain's Best Home And Garden amid discomfort with its critical style.

The series, presented by Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen, features judge Anne Wareham analysing gardens before presenting the best with the National Garden Scheme (NGS) gold medal.

But after screening four of six programmes Channel Five has postponed the last two indefinitely.

Wareham said:

"I don’t think C5 was scared of criticism but they did get some. Someone took exception to me giving a V sign to the camera during one garden judging. [Producers] Talkback told me about the complaint from a local NGS person.

"I don’t know when or if the last two are going out. I don’t think I will do it again, though Talkback liked it and another series was planned."

The NGS charity’s deputy chief executive Valerie Caldwell said the NGS had received one letter and one email of complaint. She said UEFA football matches had bumped some programmes.

A n NGS gardener, who did not want to be named, said: The rudeness of the judges upset some in the NGS, especially Anne Wareham’s V sign to the camera.

A Talkback representative said a complaint had been made about the programme but refused to give details:

We don’t know when they are going to be rescheduled. I’d be disappointed if they weren’t shown.

She added that no new series had been commissioned.

A C5 representative said: We’re at the mercy of schedulers. I’ve no idea why it’s been delayed. She said she did not know of any complaints received.

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