Schedule move for challenge show

Poor ratings force time slot change for Great Gardening Challenge

Channel 4 programme The Great Garden Challenge has been forced to move its time slot after viewing figures fell to 55,000. Just seven per cent of the TV audience watched the daytime programme on 12 May. From 19 May, the programme moved from 2.15pm to the better time slot of 12.30pm. It also went interactive, allowing the public to vote on the 32 teams that have reached the quarter-finals of the show. Presenter James Alexander-Sinclair said he did not know what the viewing figures were but that Channel 4 was happy with the show. Channel 4 and Princess Productions also failed to come up with figures for the show, which features garden designers building £3,000 gardens at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. The final is on 1 July. # Following his move from BBC Gardeners’ World to The Great Garden Challenge, the BBC has ditched presenter Chris Beardshaw’s Winning Tatton show, which would have seen career-changers going for gold at the RHS show this July.

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