Alan Titchmarsh has signed up for a new teatime chat show on ITV1, it has been announced.

The broadcaster and gardening guru is to bring a version of his regular afternoon programme to a 5pm slot next year.

ITV bosses have been so pleased with The Alan Titchmarsh Show they have now decided to relaunch it in the New Year.

The presenter has also signed up to front Titchmarsh’s Walks of Fame for ITV as well as a new factual series The Seasons, which will also go out in 2010.

There have been reports Titchmarsh was in talks to make a return to Gardener’s World which he presented on BBC2 for many years, prior to Monty Don and more recently Toby Buckland.

Titchmarsh said: “I am delighted with the success of the Alan Titchmarsh Show and I am thrilled to be taking it to 5pm, which is a challenge. But I hope even more people will get to see it and enjoy it in its new slot.”

Alison Sharman, ITV director of factual and daytime who commissioned the show for the new slot, said: “Alan is a national treasure and a great British institution. A perfect fit – the combination will deliver an exciting brew.”

There is still speculation that Paul O’Grady may return to ITV1 for a peak-time chat show after a stint on Channel 4, although a deal is still to be confirmed.