BBC TV: Grow, Make, Eat: The Great Allotment Challenge – coming 2014
‘It’s a big hope for everybody in the industry that this is going to make a garden boom time again.’
By Lucy Crossley
17 November 2013
The Great British Bake Off inspired thousands of viewers to dust off their oven mitts.
And now the BBC is hoping a new gardening show – called Grow, Make, Eat: The Great Allotment Challenge – will do for cabbages and cucumbers what Bake Off did for pies and pastries.
Presented by Fern Britton, the six-part series is expected to air on BBC Two in early 2014.
The programme will see nine pairs of passionate gardeners putting their green fingers to the test as they attempt to harvest a crop of vegetables and fruits, ready to be judged by a panel of experts.
Over the course of four months the contestants will meticulously plan, plant and nurture their allotments inside a beautiful walled garden on the Mapledurham estate in Oxfordshire.
They will then be put through their paces in a series of challenges – including flower-arranging and making jam – under the watchful eyes of the judges.
Each week the participants will be given scores based on how they perform in three trials which will be designed to test their horticultural knowledge, creativity and culinary skills.