Alan Titchmarsh is to return to his role as a green-fingered guru on TV after signing a new deal with ITV.

The star spent six years hosting the BBC Two show Gardener’s World from his home in Hampshire and has subsequently presented shows for the channel such as Alan’s Garden Secrets.

Alan already hosts a chat show for ITV1, but his new two-year deal – thought to be worth around £1 million a year – will include a new ‘peak-time gardening and lifestyle series’.

It will be the first time he has fronted a gardening show for ITV.

Alongside his ITV shows, the 61-year-old’s new deal will also cover merchandising spin-offs for the next five years.

He will host four new series of The Alan Titchmarsh Show over the next two years and further ‘peak-time projects’, following ITV programmes such as All The Queen’s Horses and Alan’s Walks Of Fame.

His return to hands-on gardening comes as ex-Gardener’s World host Monty Don returns to the BBC Two show, replacing Toby Buckland.

Titchmarsh – also a successful novelist and columnist for BBC Gardener’s World magazine – said: “This is a great opportunity for anyone involved in broadcasting, and one that I relish taking on.

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

Alan will continue to present this year’s Chelsea Flower Show coverage for the BBC, and his work on Gardener’s World magazine will be unaffected by the ITV deal.