Inside the Factory: Cereal: Cereal

Inside the Factory: Cereal: Cereal

Series 2

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Review

How production lines work: it’s the kind of stolid, explanatory TV you used to get in the 1960s. I can still remember a clip of a milk bottling plant that mesmerised me as a child. And in this surprisingly absorbing series the informative turns informal as matey Gregg Wallace wields his bonhomie like a wooden club to make factory foremen explain their work.

He starts at the Kelloggs plant in Manchester, where we follow the route from kernel to cornflake. That means hoppers, conveyor belts, mangles, giant stainless steel drums and a brilliant star-shaped machine that makes a flat-pack into a cereal box. It shouldn’t be a great watch, but it is.

Summary

Gregg Wallace and Cherry Healey shed light on how some of Britain's biggest factories make the nation's favourite products, beginning with popular breakfast cereals. Gregg starts by receiving a boat-load of corn fresh from Argentina, and witnesses as it is cooked, milled and flavoured to become a top-selling cereal brand. Cherry learns about the immunity-boosting powers of vitamin D, which is added to many of the UK's most popular cereals, and historian Ruth Gordon samples a Victorian breakfast of lobster and pig's head, as part of a daily meal that included 4,500 calories.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Gregg Wallace
Presenter Cherry Healey
Contributor Ruth Goodman
Executive Producer Alice Harper
Executive Producer Sanjay Singhal
Producer Emma Pound
Series Director Chris Parkin
Series Producer Chris Parkin
Series Producer Amanda Lyon
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