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Allotment Wars- BBC1 Tuesday 22nd January

An early warning -this looks like a bit of a larkimage

It was filmed over 7 months and tells of wars between plot holders

Tuesday10.35 pm -with regional variations




  • Miss BecksMiss Becks Posts: 3,468

    image Wonder if our Deano will be on there!! imageimage

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    Bill and Ben (in the sample clip) were quite cute.

    10.35pm is a strange time to show a gardening program. A mid-afternoon slot would have seemed more appropriate. Maybe there is violence and bad language.

    I suspect it's going to be more about social gossip, rather than growing plants.

    The Horticultural Channel were inviting people to take part in this show last Spring. Their advert lists the sort of things they were looking for (and presumably what the show will be about)...

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 20,437

    The BIg Dig went out mid afternoon and everyone complained that anyone interested in allotments was either at their allotment or collecting their kids from school so an evening slot seems eminently reasonable to me.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    On their alloments in this weather? Blimey. image

    This is exactly the time of year when gardeners could welcome some daytime programs.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I had always thought that gardeners got on fairly well with each other; it's the people who don't garden, whose weed seeds smother the surrounding gardens who are generally loathed. So this programme should be interesting.image

  • Where you are growing veg for a show,which has cash prizes ( as max B would say " for BIG MONEY ")  then you are generally going to get problems.At the WMC in my town they have a leek show,and it has been running for over 30 years.In the later 80s the 1st prize was £1200 for a pair of good, big, unifromed leeks,you also usually find that the "best leek in show "was won by same person.There was about 40 members of said leek club (father in law being 1), and eveybody got a prize.( last place was £400.).There were many incidents which required sleeping out to protect leeks ,or involving the police.As artjak says "So this programme should be not to miss.

  • With iPlayer what does it matter what time it goes out if it's any good? image

  • Thanks sotongeoff just put sky on remind looking forward to itimage
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    andrewj, please tell me you are joking about people sleeping with their leeks?

  • No ,serious.Father in law had to spend a few nights beside his plot ,on the week before the show,on several occasions.He wasnt the only one.As i said when u mix, big sums of money within the working mans community ,people will try any trick to get themselves in the top ten of that leek show.The members travel all over the north for the perfect strain of leek to grow for the following season.For some its an obsession,and u also normally find that once youve made the top 3 ,you will always do well for the next few years,which makes u a target.Several years ago they reduced the prize money ,due to the above.Before it got physical i guess.

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