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Post by Adrian on 4th June 2010, 11:12 pm

Monty Don mourns his BBC sacking

Insurrection at Hay. Festival director Peter Florence has asked for festival goers to bombard Mark Thompson, director general of the BBC, with letters to complain about the pulling of Monty Don’s last BBC2 show, Mastercrafts, which featured blacksmiths and thatchers explaining their niche trades.

Don, left, gardener and head of the Soil Association, movingly described the depression he had been suffering from during a talk yesterday, before revealing that the BBC has dispensed with his services as a presenter.

“Dream Farm will certainly be done without me because I haven’t been asked and I learned yesterday that Mastercrafts is not going to be repeated or renewed,” said Don. “I’m pretty devastated.”

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Post by Sparhawk on 4th June 2010, 11:57 pm

Grrrr, typical BBC, its not as if we are over run with crafty type programmes as you can tell from the Whats On section...

I guess it was too educational for most of todays average couch potatoes, I am also sorry to see about the depression... I guess gardening wouldn't be too much of a release for him...

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Post by Compostwoman on 5th June 2010, 12:32 am

Grrr am livid about this and have complained..........

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Post by polgara on 5th June 2010, 7:37 am

Is it not always the way? Something that is a bit specialist does not pull in enough viewers, so we will ditch it for another "reality" programme.

The minority always loose out.

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Post by Dandelion on 5th June 2010, 11:17 am

Very depressing - if this decision has been taken because crafts are supposed to be too exclusive then the decision makers have missed the fact that so much of the Mastercrafts programmes were about people - what makes them tick, how they interreact with others, how they react to a new set of circumstances etc. So of interest to everyone.

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Post by MrsC on 5th June 2010, 2:14 pm

Damn, damn, damn. Bu sadly at the same time I'm not surprised if you know what I mean...

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Post by Adrian on 5th June 2010, 3:04 pm

When you considering that courses run by Guy Mallinson, Mike Abbott and Sophie Hussain are booked solid this year as a result of the series, you would think that the Beeb would understand the pull that traditional crafts have.

Very depressing to see them drop this so quickly.

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Post by Guest on 5th June 2010, 5:04 pm

Maybe it is something to do with Monty's health??? I don't know...
If it because of minority viewing perhaps he should try BBC2...

Whatever the future, though, he made a difference with what he has done so he should be pleased with himself.

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Post by Robin Wood on 10th June 2010, 11:45 am

There is now a campaign to get BBC to change their mind. See the nice banner top left of the forum and click on Monty to find out more.

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Post by Compostwoman on 10th June 2010, 11:53 am

I've joined and will stick a button up on my Moors Wood site as well as my blog.

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Post by Sparhawk on 10th June 2010, 10:35 pm

Been on & said my piece...

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Post by Hairyloon on 10th June 2010, 11:35 pm

In the alternative, can we not come up with a better adea for a programme?

Look at what's popular, and make it useful.
Mastercrafts Acadamy, or Strictly come crafting.
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Post by Compostwoman on 10th June 2010, 11:45 pm

Well all the people I have had come to my wood for courses have gone on about the loveliness of camp fires and being in a wood and cooking over a fire...so why not a 3 day (weekend) outdoors reality TV show, real time...where they have to cope without mobiles and electricity and they have to gather the wood they want to use to cook with...if they want hot food as opposed to the cold rations they are given

and errect their own tarp shelters....if they want to sit in the dry...no tents etc!

they get basic food, water, loo roll, a toilet and washing facilities ( about as basic as at a festival...!) a waterproof sleeping bag etc BUT have to make their own "comforts" ( hot food - they need to light a fire, more comfortable shelter - they need to erect a tarp overhead...etc)

I would LOVE to host something like that.....have so many ideas for a format!


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Post by Hairyloon on 10th June 2010, 11:49 pm

Compostwoman wrote:Well all the people I have had come to my wood for courses have gone on about the loveliness of camp fires and being in a wood and cooking over a fire...so why not a 3 day (weekend) outdoors reality TV show,
Big brother goes alfresco?
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Post by Compostwoman on 11th June 2010, 12:19 am

Yep, why not?

might work, just think of how many people really love going to festivals and "slumming it"...camping, dirt, fires etc etc ...its the getting away from the norm which appeals....

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Post by Sparhawk on 11th June 2010, 12:29 am

Compostwoman wrote: loo roll, a toilet

Ah the luxuries of modern life,
when I were a lad & we went to camp,
after pitching the tent the first task that was given out was the digging of the bog,
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what a way for people to learn the difference between a dock leaf & a stinging nettle or thistle...

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Post by Compostwoman on 11th June 2010, 12:39 am

Well...my toilet is a simple commode in a toilet tent, which gets emptied either down the loo in the house (if brown) or put on the compost (if yellow) I am planning a composting loo but that is for the autumn, as a workshop....

I do not actually want people randomly "going" in the wood as it upsets the ground ecosystem by adding in high Nitrogen material, nor do I want them digging a sh1t pit, for the same reason.

A commode type loo seems the simplest solution to these issues, especially as we have a septic tank and a soak away system which feeds the trees in the wood anyway...so putting it all doen the loo ends up in the ground , eventually

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Post by Sparhawk on 11th June 2010, 12:53 am

Ah I thought it would be that or the health & safety police saying gloves would have to be worn incase somebody stung their hands...

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Post by Compostwoman on 11th June 2010, 12:58 am

If people are daft enough to still get stung in my wood after my H and S talk, identifying nettles, etc...its their issue not mine

its a WOOD....and thats why you have to sign a disclaimer, before I let you on the site...

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Post by rue_d_etropal on 30th June 2010, 11:28 pm

Hairyloon suggested
Big brother goes alfresco?

Might I suggest 'I'm a Townie, get me out of here'
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Post by Hairyloon on 1st July 2010, 12:32 am

rue_d_etropal wrote:Might I suggest 'I'm a Townie, get me out of here'
You might. Are you going to? Wink
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Post by Guest on 3rd August 2010, 10:38 am

Sigh ... more crud on TV then, I spoe ??? why do I ask these questions

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Post by Chilli-head on 23rd July 2013, 12:37 pm

Interesting.  What goes around comes around:

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Do You Have A Passion and Talent For Crafts?

Ever dream of becoming a professional crafts person and creating masterpieces with your own hands?

TV Production Company RICOCHET is making a new series that celebrates traditional and contemporary crafts for a major broadcaster. Each episode will feature a different craft with a rich heritage and modern appeal; Stonemasonry, Weaving, Glass Blowing, Greenwood, Ceramics, Metal Work and Cabinet Making.

We are looking for the UK’s most talented amateur crafts people to hone their skills under the mentorship of some of the UK’s top crafts men and women - in an opportunity that could change their lives forever.

If this is you or someone you know we would like to hear from you. Call the team on 01273224837 or email to crafts@ricochet.co.uk.
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Same company that made Mastercrafts.  And if I'm not mistaken, much the same brief.  Anyone up for it ??
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Post by freebird on 23rd July 2013, 12:52 pm

Chilli-head wrote:Interesting.  
Ricochet wrote:
Do You Have A Passion and Talent For Crafts?

Ever dream of becoming a professional crafts person and creating masterpieces with your own hands?
S'funny, that. There is always the assumption that a 'professional' must by definition be better than an amateur. Yet the amateur is usually not constrained by deadlines, clients with more money than taste or the need to make a living at their chosen craft. To quote Wikipedia, "Amateur comes from a French word meaning Lover of". In my previous field, I know plenty that make their main income through second rate work, and others who do exquisite things but just for the love of it.


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