Inside the Christmas Factory: Mince Pies: 2016

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Inside the Christmas Factory: Mince Pies: 2016



Inside the Factory won my prize for Unexpectedly Not Awful TV of 2016. Gregg Wallace bellowing his enthusiasm over the roar of industrial machinery might not sound like a treat, but something in the format clicked and there’s well-I-never-ish nourishment in every programme.

For this extra helping, Wallace visits the assembly line in Yorkshire where Mr Kipling makes – and pause here for a moment to ponder the scale of it – 2,000 mince pies a minute. That’s a lot of mincemeat – about 200 bathtubs’ worth a day. And once Mr K has made it, he leaves it for two days to “mature” like a fine wine.

Wallace is in his element, going all Generation Game to have a go at mixing pastry or rolling yule logs (by hand because machines can’t manage, apparently).

Elsewhere, Cherry Healey discovers the secrets of designing a good “bad” Christmas jumper and shows us a grim-looking but very clever machine that turns out miles and miles of tinsel.


Gregg Wallace, Cherry Healey and Ruth Goodman visit places where traditional Christmas items roll off the production line. Gregg goes to Britain's biggest cake factory, where 180 million mince pies are produced each year, and pitches in on the yule log conveyor belt. Cherry finds out where tinsel and wrapping paper are made and Ruth learns the history of Christmas crackers.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Gregg Wallace
Presenter Cherry Healey
Contributor Ruth Goodman
Director James Buchanan
Director Sam Bailey
Executive Producer Alice Harper
Executive Producer Sanjay Singhal
Producer Emma Pound
Producer Linda McCarthy
Producer James Buchanan
Producer Sam Bailey
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