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Production Team

Generally known as the Beechgrove Babes (and Mike), the production team revel in solving Friday conundrums, and playing as many practical jokes as possible. Oh, and they also plan the programme, book crews and hotels, order supplies, research items, organise Problem Corners and Community Gardens, write the Factsheets...

Gwyneth Hardy
Q: What is your role on Beechgrove?
A: Producer

Q: What do you like best about working on BG or how did you come to work on BG?
A: It's a huge privilege to care for what, to most people, is a Scottish institution. More than a privilege, it is an absolute delight. In making television generally, many programmes contain difficult or controversial subject matter, but Beechgrove is a gentle, organic part of family life.

Q: If you were a plant, what would you be and why?
A: A rose- sometimes fragrant, sometimes prickly.

Q: Has BG ever inspired you to do something in your own garden? Successes/failures of that?
A: I have a reasonably big town garden and if I haven't learned from the Beechgrove masters after all these years then I should sack myself. When you record and then edit a programme you see and hear the same information time and time again so theoretically, it should go in. Whether it does or not is another matter. Jim especially, even after the years we have worked together, still surprises me each week with something that I haven't heard before, so it's a constant and lovely learning experience.

Q: Words of wisdom about BG or gardening in general
A: Gardening is good for you. That's a fact. It's a holistic thing, good for you from the feeling of well-being and from being outside getting exercise, to the delight in growing things. And what better to be able to grow something and then eat it, to truly reap what you sow?


Evelyn Paterson
Q: What is your role on Beechgrove?
A: My role on BG is assistant producer, which means making the programmes happen each week. However, I don't work in isolation; the production team is a close knit, fun team to work in. We all work hard to produce the best quality programme we can. Our office is one which is filled with laughter and, when the going gets tough, filled with chocolate.

Q: If you were a plant, what would you be and why?
A: If I were a plant I would be Hosta 'Sum and Substance' - The reasons?: I love hostas - from the massive to the teensy tiny ones and have lots and lots in my own garden. The 'sum' of me hopefully is approachable to others and keen to help if there are problems, the 'substance' of me is that, like this hosta, I have considerable size (of heart)!

Q: Has BG ever inspired you to do something in your own garden?
A: Beechgrove inspired me to create my own garden. Prior to starting work on the programme it was a corner of a field and just like the Beechgrove I have made numbers of mistakes and freely admit it. However, a horticulturalist recently gave me a huge compliment about it when they said "I like your garden, it's very relaxed"! I do hope she meant it...

Q: Any words of wisdom on Beechgrove or gardening in general?
A: Words of wisdom: I remember many years ago, one of our other team members saying that her plants were on wheels, which meant that she moved them around her garden until they were exactly in the spot that suited them best. What sage advice that was: if a plant is struggling in your garden, perhaps you have not chosen the plant wisely or its position so think about moving it till it is happy.

Q: What is the most unusual place you've had to film/most unusual request for Beechgrove?
A: Not unusual but inspiring. I find those 'Through the Garden Gate' items on the programme where we visit people who have created the most wonderful gardens in the most difficult of situations; anyone who gardens on sand and gravel, on top of a hill, and near to the sea deserves a medal, because that precisely the conditions that I have in my own garden.


Diane Dunbar
Q: What is your role on Beechgrove?
A: Jack of all trades, but mainly creating colour coded documents and being sarcastic.

Q: If you were a plant, what would you be and why?
A: Something prickly?  No that's untrue of course, I'd be an elegant and fragrant rose.  Or maybe a pernicious weed.

Q: Has BG ever inspired you to do something in your own garden?
A: Yes, I have forced Our Don to help me turn my overgrown garden into a lovely woodland in town.  Aw, it's so purty.

Q: Any words of wisdom about Beechgrove or gardening in general?
A: Don't trim your box until after Derby day

 

Monta Burge
Q: What is your role on Beechgrove? 
A: Production Coordinator

Q: What do you like best about working on BG or how did you come to work on BG?
A: I got shipped up from Glasgow. Have been enjoying every bit of it, and especially becoming part of the Beechgrove team – a bunch of wonderfully crazy people who work extremely hard, and never take themselves too seriously.

Q: If you were a plant, what would you be and why?
A: A nettle. Can be a pain, but beneficial if used correctly.

Q: Has BG ever inspired you to do something in your own garden? Successes/failures of that?
A: I don’t have a garden yet, but I take pride in my last year’s windowsill tomato and sweet pepper harvest and a cyclamen that has survived my love and care for almost two years.

Q: Words of wisdom about BG or gardening in general
A: Don't overwater your tomatoes if you don't want to find out what 'springtails' are.

  

Callum Harley
Q: What is your role on Beechgrove?
A: I take on many roles within the Beechgrove team but mostly I dig holes.

Q: What do you like best about working on BG or how did you come to work on BG?
A: I enjoy traveling round the country and meeting different people.

Q: If you were a plant, what would you be and why?
A: Potato

Q: Has BG ever inspired you to do something in your own garden? Successes/failures of that?
A: Working on the Beechgrove makes me feel obliged to keep my garden tidy.

Q: Words of wisdom about BG or gardening in general
A: Don't buy a house on a steep slope if you intend to play lawn bowls in your garden.

 

James Fraser
Q: What is your role on Beechgrove?
A.  Jack of all and master of none...

Q: What do you like best about working on BG?
A: The people you meet and the banter

Q: If you were a plant, what would you be and why?
A:  Dierama (Angel's Fishing Rod) - a very laid back plant just like me...

Q: Has BG ever inspired you to do something in your own garden?
A: Beechgrove is a real knowledge bank - there is always someone who has done it or has a tale to tell about it.

Q: Words of wisdom about BG or gardening in general?
A: Just get out and get gardening and enjoy yourself whatever the weather, the size of garden or size of pot.