Gardeners have criticised the BBC for taking the Great British Garden Revival off air after one episode – to make way for Mandela coverage before Christmas. Great British Garden Revival

The 14-episode gardening extravaganza was booted off BBC2 for two nights last month, so the Beeb could air tributes to the former South African president.

Most gardeners agreed that the Mandela memorial should be broadcast, but were upset that gardening was given the push – in the same way as Gardeners’ World is often pulled for snooker coverage.

AG Twitter follower Gardens by the Tay tweeted: “It’s a disgrace. Coverage of Mandela should be on the BBC News Channel. Leave BBC2 alone.”

Jill Haslam said on Facebook: “Sad as the death of Mandela is, coverage has been sufficient. We get so few gardening programmes. I think it is appalling that gardeners have to put up with this treatment.”

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