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September 13, 2010

half ton veg.

Once a year the crème de la crème of the UK's giant vegetable growers strap their giant pumpkins to their pick-ups and compete to see who has grown the heaviest cabbage, the longest parsnip, and the most enormous onion at the UK Giant Vegetable Championships.

This documentary follows the fortunes of three of the main contenders - and their long-suffering wives.

'Sometimes he's had me out at four o'clock in the morning just killing red spiders!' says Carmel, married to Joe Atherton. This Mansfield couple haven't been on holiday for 30 years because Joe can't be away from his out sized vegetables.

Peter Glazebrook has won every year for 10 years, thanks to meticulous planning and attention to detail. His wife Mary acknowledges: 'I have a sneaky feeling that the veg come first - especially his onions.'

The young pretender to the giant veg crown is Ian Stott, a 36-year-old from Somerset. He's struggling to fit his growing around a nine-to-five job and would take any prize.

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