Broadcast – Sky 1 Sows Seeds to Grow 8pm with Outline Productions

Sky 1 director Adam MacDonald has lined up a Come Dine With Me style gardening format as the latest part of his push to rejuvenate the 8pm slot.

The pay-TV broadcaster has commissioned Outline Productions to make 6 x 60-minute Welcome To My Garden (working title), which will go into production this summer.

In each episode, three gardening enthusiasts will take turns to visit and judge each other’s outdoor spaces. The show will be “warm” and “fun” in tone, and will provide advice for viewers as the enthusiasts share their experiences along the way.

MacDonald is targeting 8pm as a potential area of growth, and this commission comes hot on the heels of his order for Sky 1’s fi rst fi xed-rig show, for the same slot.

Twofour’s 8 x 60-minute The Sun Set (w/t) will follow a variety of families as they share a holiday in a luxurious European villa complex that has been rigged with cameras.

Welcome To My Garden was developed by Outline head of development Shona Baldwin. Laura Mansfield and Helen Veale are the executive producers, and Alan Boyle will series produce.

Sky commissioning editor for factual and features Siobhan Mulholland ordered the show alongside MacDonald. It will be distributed by Hat Trick International.

“Welcome To My Garden will give viewers a chance to peek over the hedge into some of Britain’s most amazing private gardens – from quirky, wild country estates to stunning contemporary urban spaces – and be inspired by what ordinary people have created,” Mansfield said.

Welcome To My Garden builds on Outline’s existing BBC2 show Great British Garden Revival, which was recently commissioned for a second series, and is the indie’s first major series for Sky 1 since Fat Families.

The company now produces more than 40 hours of primetime factual programming a year for networks in the UK and beyond.