I got a press release this morning from the people at the UK-based After5.TV advertising a new show called “Adventures in Gardening” that will air online for a fee. You get “10 Action-Packed Episodes” for $31. The show is hosted by Tony Buckland, a garden expert and popular garden celebrity.
So I thought, well, that’s interesting. I’m paying to watch TV online more and more, so why not? And if the show is not dependent upon big-time corporate sponsors or brain-dead network executives, maybe they’ll actually do something interesting. Adventures? Action-packed? British? This could be good!
So I clicked through to watch the video, which you can see here.
And..uh…adventure? Action packed? I might have dozed off during the music interlude with the slow pans across flower beds, but I’m pretty sure action and adventure are two things that this preview does not deliver.
But wait! You say. Not everything has to be about action and adventure. Gardening does not have to involve dead bodies in the hedgerow, centuries-old mysteries being solved, strange medicines and even stranger poisons, high-stakes gambling, corporate malfeasance, triumph over adversity, David-and-Goliath-style battles, sexual innuendo, or all the usual stuff that people typically associate with action and adventure.
So cut them some slack! What’s wrong with Handy Tips? What’s wrong with Simple Solutions for Beginning and Advanced Gardeners?
Nothing, except that people aren’t going to pay for it. Because it’s boring.
I mean, most of us won’t pay thirty bucks for a season of Downton Abbey, which, by the way, is full of action and adventure.
And gardening can be too, except that, once again, it isn’t.