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Charles Dickens presents a topical chat show about meals at Christmas in Victorian times. We meet celebrity chef Mrs Beeton, who describes the food eaten by a well-off Victorian family on Christmas Day. She shows us how complicated Christmas meals are prepared as well as showing us how her staff work. She talks us through what would be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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First broadcast:
30 March 2012

Classroom Ideas

Pupils could be asked if Christmas Day was much of a holiday for servants in Mrs Beeton's household, and they could use the clip to explore relations between employers and servants in Victorian times. They could use a grid sheet for the three meals, compiling a list of all the food prepared and eaten at each meal. They could then research the cost of the food in Victorian times, and see how typical of a Victorian meal Mrs Beeton's Christmas was. They might also compare this with a Christmas meal today and explore what has changed and what has stayed the same.