Digging for difference: British and Australian television gardening programmes

Bonner, Frances (2008). Digging for difference: British and Australian television gardening programmes. In Gareth Palmer (Ed.), Exposing Lifestyle Television: The Big Reveal (pp. 25-38) Hampshire, U.K.: Ashgate Publishing.

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Author Bonner, Frances
Title of chapter Digging for difference: British and Australian television gardening programmes
Title of book Exposing Lifestyle Television: The Big Reveal
Place of Publication Hampshire, U.K.
Publisher Ashgate Publishing
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
ISBN 978-0-7546-7430-6
Editor Gareth Palmer
Chapter number 3
Start page 25
End page 38
Total pages 14
Total chapters 13
Language eng
Subjects B1
950204 The Media
200212 Screen and Media Culture
1902 Film, Television and Digital Media
Formatted Abstract/Summary
While most types of lifestyle programmes are concerned with portable objects like food, clothes and soft furnishings, or increasingly modifiable and readily relocatable bodies, those looking at houses, and more definitively gardens, are subject to fixed conditions less under the control of individual practices and preferences. It seemed valuable therefore, to examine the neglected area of television garden programming through the prism of a comparison of British and Australian programmes. The two countries provide very different geographic and climatic conditions for gardening, with Australia a largely dry continent ranging from the cool temperate south to the tropical north. while the smaller, wetter UK is for the most part considered temperate marine. Acting contrary to this though is the history of white colonization of Australia, under which plants, gardening practices and beliefs were brought to the colonies in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by settlers primarily from the United Kingdom. The material terms of Australian gardening, then, provide causes both for difference from and similarity to British practice and the television prograrmmes which speak to and of it.
© Gareth Palmer 2008
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