TV gardener and presenter Alan Titchmarsh has been given his own ITV1 chat show.

The former Ground Force host will launch The Alan Titchmarsh Show in the autumn.

The 40-episode daytime series will feature a combination of music and conversation.

Alan was a host of BBC1’s chat show Pebble Mill At One in the early 90s and last year he hosted C4’s The New Paul O’Grady Show when the star was recovering from a heart attack.

The 57-year-old said: “My BBC work will continue but I have always enjoyed new challenges in my life and am very excited about the opportunities this new programme will offer.

“The chance to meet and talk with people from all walks of life – both the famous and the less well-known ‘national treasures’ – is something I have always enjoyed, and the opportunity to be back in ‘live’ television with a mixture of music, the arts and conversation is irresistible.”

Alan will present this year’s coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show on the BBC, and two other shows for BBC1 – The Great British Village Show and The Nature Of Britain.

Alison Sharman, director of factual and daytime at ITV, said: “Alan is a TV legend who has become established as one of the nation’s favourite TV personalities.

“We’re delighted that he’s coming to ITV to host this new daytime series.”

She added: “We will also be exploring opportunities with Alan to branch out and work on peaktime projects.”