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Inside the Christmas Factory: Christmas 2018

Summary

Gregg Wallace visits a factory that produces two million tins of festive chocolate assortments a year, with 5,500 individual sweets packaged and dropped into containers every minute. Cherry Healey learns how the Royal Mail produces Christmas stamps, and also travels to Germany to join a crew of 35 ornament decorators applying glitter and paint to glass Santas. Historian Ruth Goodman goes on the trail of the festive turkey, a tradition that began in the 16th century when these birds were first introduced from Mexico.

Review

Ah, the purple-wrapped caramel-coated hazelnut chocolate, what a thing of joy and beauty – and surely the favourite of any discerning nibbler as she or he dives headfirst into a tin of jewel-wrapped goodies.

It’s certainly Gregg Wallace’s favourite, so you can imagine he’s in all kinds of Christmas heaven as he visits the factory that produces two million tins of these festive chocolate assortments every year.

This is ripe Inside the Factory territory: not only is it tremendously festive, but also there’s a blizzard of “oh my goodness, who knew?” facts and stats. Such as in one hour 800 kilos of toffee is cut into precise 10mm x 55mm sticks; the sweets with the orange centres spend a 45-minute odyssey thundering along 400 metres of conveyors. And so on.

As Wallace rhapsodises, Cherry Healey is in Germany, where she helps to paint glass Santas.

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Credits

Cast

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PresenterGregg Wallace
PresenterCherry Healey
ContributorRuth Goodman

Crew

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DirectorMichael Rees
DirectorSam Bailey
Executive producerSanjay Singhal
ProducerPhillip Smith
ProducerSam Bailey
Series producerAmanda Lyon

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  • Inside the Christmas Factory: Christmas 2018

    Summary

    Gregg Wallace visits a factory that produces two million tins of festive chocolate assortments a year, with 5,500 individual sweets packaged and dropped into containers every minute. Cherry Healey learns how the Royal Mail produces Christmas stamps, and also travels to Germany to join a crew of 35 ornament decorators applying glitter and paint to glass Santas. Historian Ruth Goodman goes on the trail of the festive turkey, a tradition that began in the 16th century when these birds were first introduced from Mexico.

    Review

    Ah, the purple-wrapped caramel-coated hazelnut chocolate, what a thing of joy and beauty – and surely the favourite of any discerning nibbler as she or he dives headfirst into a tin of jewel-wrapped goodies.

    It’s certainly Gregg Wallace’s favourite, so you can imagine he’s in all kinds of Christmas heaven as he visits the factory that produces two million tins of these festive chocolate assortments every year.

    This is ripe Inside the Factory territory: not only is it tremendously festive, but also there’s a blizzard of “oh my goodness, who knew?” facts and stats. Such as in one hour 800 kilos of toffee is cut into precise 10mm x 55mm sticks; the sweets with the orange centres spend a 45-minute odyssey thundering along 400 metres of conveyors. And so on.

    As Wallace rhapsodises, Cherry Healey is in Germany, where she helps to paint glass Santas.

    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
    DirectorMichael Rees
    DirectorSam Bailey
    Executive producerSanjay Singhal
    ProducerPhillip Smith
    ProducerSam Bailey
    Series producerAmanda Lyon
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