Heston's Fantastical Food

Series 1 - 3. Blumenthal's Big Brew

Blumenthal's Big Brew
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Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

We are a nation of tea drinkers, glugging down 185 million cups every day. Yet the break to go with it, once so important that factory workers would go on strike for the privilege, has pretty well disappeared. So in an attempt to resurrect the Great British tea break, Heston Blumenthal enlists the help of an army of tea ladies and the UK’s biggest biscuit makers.

His plan is to create the world’s largest pyramid tea bag (and supersized teapot) — a special brew, if you like — as well as a packet of giant biscuits so that the whole town of Darwen in Lancashire can have a communal cuppa and a dunk.

About this programme

3/7. Heston Blumenthal celebrates the tea break on a monumental scale, bringing the Lancashire town of Darwen together for a unique brew. He takes on the challenge of creating the world's biggest packet of biscuits - one metre in diameter and combining several of the nation's favourite varieties - and creates a huge pyramid-shaped tea bag, as well as a giant teapot to serve the crowds.

Cast and crew


Heston Blumenthal


Executive Producer
Jenny Byrom
Series Director
Jay Taylor
Series Producer
Natalie Hill