Victorian Bakers

Victorian Bakers

Series 1 - Episode 1



“Four passionate bakers” (everyone on television with any interest in anything either as an amateur or a professional, is always “passionate”) dress up to make bread the Victorian way in a Victorian kitchen.

As a couple of historical experts look on – archaeologist Dr Alex Langlands and food historian Annie Gray – the quartet bake bread using four different Victorian recipes. And that’s about it really. It’s all very beige and, well, doughy and bready, and there’s not much else to see.

There’s mild peril about whether the huge traditional bread oven will be hot enough, and some panic about how the loaves will turn out (and frankly, one loaf looks very much like another), but otherwise it’s hard to care.


Four bakers leave their businesses behind to experience what their profession was like during the Victorian era, working from a rural bake house kitted out exactly as it would have been in the 1830s, while historians Alex Langlands and Annie Gray fill in the background story. In this edition the bakers must get to grips with centuries-old methods of bread making, and that means doing everything by hand.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Annie Gray
Presenter Alex Langlands