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Baked Beans

Series 2 - Episode 3 Baked Beans



Gregg Wallace, in a hairnet and totally unnecessary ear defenders (we need the protection, not him) yells his way through another noisy, over-excited look at food production.

“MATE! THAT’S WHAT IT TAKES TO GIVE US BEANS ON TOAST?” Yes mate, it is, as Wallace visits Heinz’s Wigan production plant, which can process up to three million cans of baked beans a day. Wallace watches, and COMMENTS ON, every step of the remarkably quick process.

It’s actually fascinating, if you can somehow tune out Wallace and a wide-eyed, shrieking Cherry Healey, who visits the Tata steel plant in Port Talbot (presumably before news of its possible demise was announced) to watch the can-making process.


Gregg Wallace helps to unload 27 tonnes of dried haricot beans from North America, and follows them on a one-and-a-half mile journey through the largest baked bean factory in the world. Meanwhile, Cherry Healey follows a discarded baked bean can through a recycling centre and on to the largest steelworks in the UK, and historian Ruth Goodman reveals how tinned food was invented to improve sailors' nutrition.

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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