BritBox North America has picked up the rights to show the BBC Scotland gardening series Beechgrove and its countryside magazine series Landward.
Both series will be available to view for BritBox subscribers in the U.S. and Canada shortly after they have aired to viewers in Scotland. This will be the first time they have been broadcast for viewers outside the U.K.
Produced by Tern TV, Beechgrove in its 43rd year will be shown first on Thursdays on the BBC Scotland channel, then on BBC Two across the U.K. on Sunday mornings, and then each episode will also be screened on BritBox North America.
Landward, produced by BBC Studios, will air across the spring on the BBC Scotland channel on Thursday nights, before its screening on BBC One Scotland on Fridays, network BBC Two on Sundays and then its North American broadcast.
Louise Thornton, BBC Scotland’s head of commissioning, said: “Both Beechgrove and Landward have been loved by the Scottish audience for decades and now viewers across Canada and the U.S.A. are going to be able to enjoy their expertise in Scottish flora, fields, foodstuffs and fauna.
“During the pandemic, many people have woken up to the intrinsic value of nature and gardens to our lives and it is lovely to know programs, which certainly provided a haven for our viewers during last year, are now going to be enjoyed on an international scale.”
Emily Powers, head of BritBox North America, said: “BritBox is the only authentically British streaming service in North America and our community will appreciate this window into Scotland, especially as spring has arrived and the interest in gardening only continues to grow.”
Harry Bell, managing director of Tern Television, part of Zinc Media, said: “Beechgrove has always led the way in gardening TV. It’s a show of firsts; the first to pioneer garden makeovers, hands-on horticulture and topical tips. From our small Scottish base in Aberdeen we’ve grown the brand into a weekly TV ‘must watch’ across the U.K. so bring on Beechgrove America!”