Fern Britton proud of the Big Allotment Challenge

Fern Britton

Fern Britton

Fern Britton says filming new gardening show 'The Big Allotment Challenge' reminded her of watching 'One Born Every Minute'.

Fern Britton has compared 'The Big Allotment Challenge' to 'One Born Every Minute'.

The former 'This Morning' presenter likens her experience on the new BBC Two competitive gardening show to watching a baby's birth, much like the popular midwifery reality series, because of the long growing process and the anticipation once the fruit and vegetables are ready.

Fern told BANG Showbiz: "When you pull this carrot from the ground you don't know what it's going to look like, it's like a birth of this thing [the gardeners] have been incubating. It's like 'One Born Every Minute', or [better yet] 'One Pulled Every Minute'."

The series sees nine pairs of contestants given a series of challenges each week, including growing fruit and vegetables, flower arranging, and cooking using produce they grow in their own allotment or greenhouse.

Fern also brushed off comparisons to 'The Great British Bake Off', explaining how many months of preparation go into the art of gardening.

She said: "I personally think it's great to be anywhere near as successful of 'Bake Off' and if it is, then that's great. But if you're doing the 'Bake Off' it's a couple of hours of baking this is four months of getting ready before we've even turned up.

"So there is a hell of a lot of effort these guys put in from March until the end of August."

'The Big Allotment Challenge' airs Tuesday nights on BBC Two.


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