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Inside the Factory

  • Season 2
  • 6 episodes
  • Documentary
  • Education

Summary

Exclusive access to some of the largest factories in Britain to reveal the secrets behind production on an epic scale.

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Episode 6: Shoes

Summary

Gregg Wallace visits the UK's largest sports shoe factory to see how 3,500 pairs of trainers are made every day, before meeting the man who comes up with the latest designs. Cherry Healey gets hands-on in a tannery, helping to process thousands of rawhides into finished leather for the nation's shoes, and finds out how a ballet company painstakingly create 250,000 ballet shoes per year. Ruth Goodman reveals how, when the sewing machine was first introduced into shoe factories in the mid-19th century, traditional shoemakers went on strike to rebel against joining a restrictive production line.

Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Despite being in the UK’s largest sports shoe factory finding out how they make trainers, Gregg Wallace manages to refrain from making any jokes about cobblers. There’s a rather heavy use of I’m a Soul Man on the soundtrack, though.

It’s an extraordinary process that uses 27 different pieces made from eight different materials, all of which are stuck or sewn together before being finished with a “roughening robot”. That’s not the only fabulous cordwaining term we learn: there’s foxing and skiving, too.

Elsewhere, Cherry Healey sees how fashion shoes go from drawing board to reality and how satin ballet shoes are made by hand. A hammer seems to be the key tool.

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Cast

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PresenterGregg Wallace
PresenterCherry Healey
ContributorRuth Goodman

Crew

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Executive producerAlice Harper
Executive producerSanjay Singhal
ProducerEmma Pound
Series directorChris Parkin
Series producerChris Parkin
Series producerAmanda Lyon

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  • Episode 6

    Shoes

    Summary

    Gregg Wallace visits the UK's largest sports shoe factory to see how 3,500 pairs of trainers are made every day, before meeting the man who comes up with the latest designs. Cherry Healey gets hands-on in a tannery, helping to process thousands of rawhides into finished leather for the nation's shoes, and finds out how a ballet company painstakingly create 250,000 ballet shoes per year. Ruth Goodman reveals how, when the sewing machine was first introduced into shoe factories in the mid-19th century, traditional shoemakers went on strike to rebel against joining a restrictive production line.

    Review

    A star rating of 3 out of 5.

    Despite being in the UK’s largest sports shoe factory finding out how they make trainers, Gregg Wallace manages to refrain from making any jokes about cobblers. There’s a rather heavy use of I’m a Soul Man on the soundtrack, though.

    It’s an extraordinary process that uses 27 different pieces made from eight different materials, all of which are stuck or sewn together before being finished with a “roughening robot”. That’s not the only fabulous cordwaining term we learn: there’s foxing and skiving, too.

    Elsewhere, Cherry Healey sees how fashion shoes go from drawing board to reality and how satin ballet shoes are made by hand. A hammer seems to be the key tool.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show.

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterGregg Wallace
    PresenterCherry Healey
    ContributorRuth Goodman

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerAlice Harper
    Executive producerSanjay Singhal
    ProducerEmma Pound
    Series directorChris Parkin
    Series producerChris Parkin
    Series producerAmanda Lyon
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