King Leek (1997)

A couple of elderly men compete to grown the biggest leek on the allotment


Andy Harries, Sam Miller


William Ivory


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Healy ... Malcom Cromer
Su Elliot Su Elliot ... Maureen Cromer
Christopher Connel Christopher Connel ... David Cromer
Adam Pearson Adam Pearson ... Kevin Cromer
James Garbutt James Garbutt ... Grandpa Cromer
Leslie Schofield ... Jackie Magnion
Rebekah Joy Gilgan Rebekah Joy Gilgan ... Marilyn Magnion
Les Wilde Les Wilde ... Archie
Lyndyann Barrass Lyndyann Barrass ... Laura
Craig Heaney ... Stroker
Sammy Johnson Sammy Johnson ... Popeye
Michael Nicholson Michael Nicholson ... Copper
Trevor Fox Trevor Fox ... Plodder
Bill Seed Bill Seed ... Billy
William Ivory William Ivory ... Teacher


A couple of elderly men compete to grown the biggest leek on the allotment

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Release Date:

1 September 1997 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK


Box Office


GBP600,000 (estimated)
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Granada Television See more »
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Grim Northern English leek growing rivalry!
16 July 2017 | by khunkrumarkSee all my reviews

Two working class (English) northerners bet their houses on who can grow the biggest leeks. Meanwhile, the daughter of one of them is dating the son of the other.

Actor and writer William Ivory assembled this cautionary tale of selfish obsession after he had gained some notoriety for writing episodes of Minder. Unfortunately, the maniacal and compulsively selfish obsession around growing vegetables is so absurd and unrealistic that it distracts from the drama.

Tim Healy's energetic performance overshadows everything. If you like his type of noisy bluster you're in for a treat... almost the entire 50 minutes of this one-off TV program is consumed with it!

'King Leek' tries to be a farcical comedy but the angry lead character and the tragic consequences of his selfish obsession for his leeks are too serious to be overlooked.

Worth a watch for the brilliant (and too often overlooked) Leslie Schofield who has spent a productive career on our (UK) TV screens in everything from Dixon Of Dock Green to Eastenders!

A fast paced manic episode of adult rivalry over a vegetable! A product of its time, the industrial battle-weary north of England is now a lot more glamorous than it was portrayed here in 1997.

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