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Alan Titchmarsh to host ITV garden show

Alan Titchmarsh
Image caption Titchmarsh is also a novelist and a columnist for the BBC's Gardeners' World magazine

Broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh is to front ITV1's first prime-time gardening and lifestyle series, the commercial channel has announced.

The star hosted Gardeners' World on BBC Two for six years, going on to present Alan's Garden Secrets and other shows on the channel.

Titchmarsh, who already hosts a chat show for ITV1, has signed a new two-year deal with the network.

He will also host four more series of his afternoon talk show.

Alongside his ITV shows, his new deal will also cover merchandising spin-offs for the next five years.

There will be further peak-time projects too, following on from such programmes as All the Queen's Horses and Alan's Walks of Fame.

"This is a great opportunity for anyone involved in broadcasting and one that I relish taking on," said Titchmarsh, 61.

"My greatest commitment has always been to the people at home who want reliable information put over in an easily accessible manner."

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