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Chris Bavin is back to meet a new crop of green-fingered Brits

Chris Bavin is back to meet a new crop of green-fingered Brits taking part in the annual floral competition in BBC2's Britain in Bloom

The perfect antidote to all the Brexit gloom, Britain in Bloom returns with host Chris Bavin seemingly on a one-man mission to cheer us up.

Following 15 communities as they compete in the Royal Horticultural Society’s much-loved nationwide community gardening competition, Chris (pictured above with Father Michael Walsh and Keith Tordoff) starts at Pateley Bridge, in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, meeting the ‘bloomers’ hoping to add some ‘razzmatazz’ to their village and encourage more tourists to visit their sleepy High Street.

Expect dizzying floral displays, riots of colour and enthusiastic green-fingered Brits throughout the series, running Monday to Friday over the next three weeks. Uplifting TV.

TV Times rating: ****

Britain in Bloom shows Chris Baven amid the blooms

Here, Chris tells TV Times about some of the places he visits in this week's show…


‘These Bloomers are determined to win gold with as much razzmatazz as they can muster!

Their high street is in danger of becoming a ghost town, so they involve local Cubs and plant a spectacular wildflower garden near the entrance to welcome tourists, and transform an old air-raid shelter into a glorious floral display.

Best of all, they strip back undergrowth in a forgotten public grotto at the church, uncovering an incredible view of the Dales.’


‘These guys are veterans, having taken part in the competition for over 20 years.

A team of volunteers plant the town’s famous half-mile-long herbaceous border with thousands of flowers, while a neglected heritage fernery at the Botanical Gardens is brought back to life.’


‘This is the most un-Bloom entrant you can think of. It’s a buzzing, diverse, busy road, with antisocial-behaviour issues including vandalism, graffiti and, in the past, riots. This is proof that anyone can enter and transform an area.

The Sikh community brighten their temple campus with flowers, working alongside the church.

And local secondary- school kids create a relaxation area for younger pupils intimidated by the big, noisy school. How great is that?’


‘This is a great example of Bloom bringing disconnected communities together. Bloomers from the historic town centre and housing estates on the outskirts join forces.

The team brightens up a dusty, overgrown area by the car-park entrance to the town and schoolchildren create a sensory garden in the playground.’

Mandy Cooper
Mandy Cooper

As TV Times Highlights Editor I get to hear about all the latest TV shows coming soon. Here at TVT HQ we are in the privileged position of selecting the best programmes from across all the channels and streaming platforms. Our mission is to make it easier for our readers to decide what to watch - and give them lots of choice of genres - all the latest shows, plus some nostalgic choices we call hidden gems, too. My career began with a postgraduate degree in periodical journalism (ahem, yes old school!) in 1991 and I’ve worked in TV media since 2000.