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Greggs: More Than Meats the Pie

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The high-street bakery’s product quality manager, John, longs to feed Paul Hollywood a plaited loaf. “Then when he’s eating it, I can tell him how he should be making it rather than what he says on the telly,” he glooms. “Sometimes it’s like he’s reading it out of Enid Blyton.” Like a good drama, every docusoap needs its characters and the makers must have rubbed their hands in glee when they met lugubrious John and larger-than-life shop manager Claudette.

Yes, this is a canny marketing campaign dressed up as warts-and-all TV, but it goes down as easily as the hundreds of thousands of sticky doughnuts and plump scones Greggs churns out every day. When the big cheeses hold a tense meeting it is high drama: should
the new artisan-style bakeries stock crockery? Alas, they underestimate the picky punters of Thirsk.

Summary

Documentary going behind the scenes of high-street bakery chain Greggs, founded in the 1930s and now trading from more than 1,670 retail outlets across the UK. Filmed over a year, the programme follows key staff members from store front to boardroom and secret tasting labs, as they prepare for big changes on the horizon. Greggs' plans to go upmarket are under way, with designer Phil introducing new interiors and the master bakers whipping up new delicacies. But retail development manager Alison is feeling the pressure. She has just two months to give 10 bakeries a makeover - will it all be worth it?

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