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Charlie Dimmock warned not to go braless on Ground Force by TV legend: ‘Even now people will bring it up’

Charlie Dimmock warned not to go braless on Ground Force
Charlie Dimmock shares advice she received (Picture: The Independent/REX/Shutterstock)

Star of BBC’s Garden Rescue, Charlie Dimmock, has revealed TV legend Esther Rantzen warned her against going braless while she was on gardening makeover show Ground Force.

Charlie – who was as famous for not wearing a bra as she was for her gardening skills – specialised in water features on the programme in the late 90s and early 2000s.

The green-thumbed presenter would landscape backyards with Alan Titchmarsh and Tommy Walsh.

Now, 16 years after the gardening show ended, Charlie has shared the advice she received from Esther.

‘The TV presenter Esther Rantzen said to me, “You’ll be labelled the braless one for the rest of your life”,’ Charlie told The Independent.

‘Ground Force was a long time ago, and I have to say, even now, people will bring it up. It is very silly.’

Charlie, Alan and Tommy from Garden Force
Charlie, Alan and Tommy (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

She went on to say that the reason she decided to go braless was simply due to comfort.

‘It was always just for comfort. If you’re swinging a sledgehammer, you want to be comfortable! People say, “Why don’t you wear a sports bra?” But those are not the comfiest things in the world,’ she said.

This isn’t the first time Charlie has spoken about why she opted to go braless.

Back in 1996, Charlie told The Mirror that while she would occasionally put a bra on after work, she simply ‘cannot abide tight knickers’.

‘I only wear underwear if I have to get undressed in front of someone. So no bra. And no knickers either. But if I do wear knickers, they’re sort of Marks and Sparks 12-14s, because I cannot abide tight knickers,’ she revealed.

‘I find thongs quite uncomfortable as well. So I’m better without knickers altogether.’

Ground Force was watched by millions every episode in its heyday – attracting a peak audience of 12 million. It aired from 1997 to 2005.

Charlie, now 54, was 31 when she joined the show.

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