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BBC Radio 4 brings Gardeners Question Time to University of Hull

20th January

Middleton Hall, a centrepiece of the University of Hull’s cultural offer, will host its first national broadcast media event this month – the hugely popular Gardeners Question Time.

Eric Robson (image by BBC)

The show is considered a cornerstone of BBC Radio 4, regularly attracting two million listeners. In 2017 it is celebrating 70 years on the air.

Tickets are now available for the show, which is recorded live and broadcast on Radio Four each week. The University of Hull recording takes place on Monday 23 January and all are welcome to attend.

The panel of experts will be: broadcaster, author and documentary film-maker Eric Robson, award-winning garden designer and lecturer Matthew Wilson, landscape architect and journalist Bunny Guinness and author and broadcaster Matt Biggs.

Middleton Hall recently underwent a £9.5m redevelopment, part of the University’s preparations to be a principal partner in Hull’s City of Culture year. With state-of-the-art acoustics, the hall will now play host to a variety of concerts ranging from classical to pop. Performances from high-profile quality bands, singers and orchestras will sit alongside talks from leading writers and regular programmed activity such as Middleton Movie Mondays will show classic and cult films. It can also be used for national media broadcasts, such as that by Gardeners Question Time, and University of Hull students get to perform and are taught in the hall too.

This event is one of many ways the University is inviting the public to explore and enjoy the campus as part of the City of Culture celebrations. The British Museum’s Lines of Thought; Drawing from Michelangelo to now, which is being hosted in the University’s library until 28 February has so far attracted more than 2,000 visitors, many who are visiting the campus for the first time. In addition, Middleton Hall will host a retrospective of former student and lecturer Anthony Minghella, the late Oscar-winning director of films such as The English Patient; concerts by internationally-acclaimed classical musicians; and inspiring lectures by renowned artists and playwrights

Urban Agriculture social enterprise, Rooted in Hull successfully applied to bring the show to Hull during its special year.

Mark Cleaver, Director of Rooted in Hull, said

We are delighted that Gardeners Question Time has agreed to come to Hull, it is confirmation of the value that community growing and gardening makes to the city’. Although Rooted in Hull are the host organisation, they needed a venue that met the needs of the show. Middleton Hall at the University was the obvious choice as it has completed a major redevelopment with a seating capacity of 400 and state of the art facilities.

Botanist and University of Hull professor Roland Ennos has been instrumental in organising the logistics at University. He said:

The University is always keen to support its local community and I am particularly pleased to be involved with Rooted in Hull and its aspirations to make Hull a greener more sustainable city. Bringing Gardeners Question Time to the University gives us a wonderful opportunity to show the community our beautiful campus.

Eric Robson and his panel of horticultural experts will answer questions from the studio audience in an hour long recording starting at 6.30pm. Doors will open from 5.30pm and questions must be prepared in advance and handed in upon arrival at the venue.

Tickets cost £4.50 including a drink upon arrival and should be booked via the Culturenet website:  

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