Going To Chelsea

Going to Chelsea

Commissioned as part of ITV’s prestigious ‘Network First’ series, Going To Chelsea is an intriguing behind-the-scenes look at a year in the life of a garden in the lead up to the 1996 Chelsea Flower Show. We follow designer Stephen Woodhams in his second bid for a prestigious Gold Medal, and after months of hard work – raising sponsorship, trips to Italy, run-ins with the RHS – the big day finally arrives. Stephen is a bundle of nerves. But before the judges’ decisions are made public, he has time to meet the press and to chat to the cast of Men Behaving Badly and Her Majesty the Queen.

Produced by

Beryl Vertue

Written by

Michael Davies, Zoë Wanamaker

Directed by

Michael Davies



First transmitted

12th November 1996 at 10.40pm


60 mins

Press comments

“As we follow the blood, sweat and tears that transform [Stephen’s] design into reality, the true nature of Chelsea is revealed. Wry use of excellent music, Zoë Wanamaker’s soothing narration and the sheer niceness of Stephen make this a blooming wonderful little film.” The Times

“A great insight into the four-day wonder that is the Flower Show.” The Daily Telegraph