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The Victorian Kitchen Garden overview

Set amongst the Berkshire countryside, The Victorian Kitchen Garden was a popular television series filmed over the course of a year (1986) in the walled gardens of Chilton Gardens in Leverton near Berkshire.

Produced for BBC 2, the 13-part series was produced by Keith Sheather and created by Jennifer Davies who later took on the role of Associate Producer, and later author of the books which accompanied the series.

The series recreates a traditional walled kitchen garden at Leverton in Berkshire, just down the road from the village of Chilton Foliat near Hungerford in Wiltshire. Throughout the show we met the presenter and narrator Peter Thoday together with Head Gardener Harry Dodson and his assistant Alison McKensie. This series was directed by Keith Sheather.

Jennifer Davies, Creator & Associate Producer
Jennifer Davies, Creator & Associate Producer
Director Keith Sheather
Director Keith Sheather

Composed by Paul Reade, the soundtrack was performed by Emma Johnson on her clarinet, it later won the Ivor Novello award for Best TV Theme music in 1991.


1987: The Victorian Kitchen Garden
1989: The Victorian Kitchen
1991: The Victorian Flower Garden
1993: The Wartime Kitchen and Garden

About Sean James Cameron

Based in London, Sean has been gardening since being a teenager. Although vegetables and fruit is the main passion, there is also room for flowers.

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