Why am I doing this? Monty Don addresses wife giving up on show as she walks away

Monty Don says his wife 'doesn't enjoy' watching Succession

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Gardeners’ World presenter Monty Don gave a rare insight into his home life with his wife Sarah Don as he addressed how the couple enjoys spending their downtime together. When the horticulturist is not tending to his luscious gardens at his Herefordshire residence, the presenter admittedly outs his feet up to enjoy the popular series.

The 66-year-old revealed that he is a big fan of the hit show Succession.

The drama series centres on the Roy family, the dysfunctional owners of Waystar RoyCo, a global media and entertainment conglomerate, who are fighting for control of the company amid uncertainty about the health of the family’s patriarch, Logan Roy (played by Brian Cox).

Speaking in a new interview on BBC Radio 5 Live with Nihal Arthanayake, the gardening expert was quizzed about the show, where he admitted his other half is not as keen.

The on-screen star was questioned about his favourite character on the show and said that he finds them all “loathsome”.

Monty explained: “That’s really difficult because they are all really loathsome. I feel sorry for most of them in the end.”

The BBC star shared that his favourite character in the series is Logan Roy.

He commented: “[His character] is a tyrant, a bully, but utterly reprehensible. But of all of them, he is the one who seems to have the most positive life force. Even though he destroys everything around him.”

Nihal remarked: “It is really interesting that you describe them all as being loathsome because I’ve not watched Succession, Monty, and that’s the reason.

“I hear from so many people that this is a loathsome array of individuals and why do I want to invest my time watching them?”

The BBC favourite shared that his partner would certainly agree with the 5Live presenter.

“My wife is with you on this. To be honest, we’ve only just started watching season three because we wanted to watch it together,” Monty commented.

“This is the first opportunity we’ve had to sit down together and watch it.”


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He continued: “We’ve watched the first four [series] and each time she says, ‘Why am I doing this? I’m walking away. I’ve just spent an hour with people I do not want to be with.’

Monty remarked: “The reason you watch it is because it’s brilliantly done.

“It’s brilliantly written, it’s brilliantly acted, superbly filmed. It’s just a fine piece of work.

“Also, to have something that has no heroes. None at all is clever.

He added: “It’s a complete contrast to the polite world that we live in. Without having to go into a knee-jerk anti-wokeness, there’s no doubt about it, there’s a lot about modern life.

“But this [show] is not timid.”

Meanwhile, Monty has returned to the BBC for his latest series where he explored stunning gardens across Europe.

Monty Don’s Adriatic Gardens airs tonight on BBC Two at 8pm.

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