Monty Don, 64, will be heading back onto our televisions on Friday night, with Gardeners’ World entering its 52nd birthday. The presenter has spoken out about his 2008 stroke.
Monty started his TV career as the presenter of a gardening segment on ITV’s This Morning.
He subsequently made a number of appearances across various BBC and Channel 4 programmes, before landing the main presenting role of Gardeners’ World in 2003.
Succeeding Alan Titchmarsh, Monty led the BBC Two show for five years, before his health dictated a short absence from television, before making his return in 2011.
He explained, at the time, that he had a minor stroke, and needed some time off to recover.
“It felt like there was a kind of chasm in my head, as if there was a section that wasn’t working. It was the feeling that I wouldn’t be able to speak if I tried, but then when I did try I found I could.
“My rational mind was saying ‘You can do this’, but my first reaction to anything, such as moving my arm, was ‘I can’t do this’.”
Monty managed to convince himself that nothing was wrong, and decided to go for a walk in the grounds of his Herefordshire home.
“As I walked it felt as if I was tipping over, so I’d lean the other way and find myself tipping into a hedge instead,” he added.
Published at Fri, 29 May 2020 18:00:00 +0000