Bread: A Loaf Affair

Image for Bread: A Loaf AffairNot currently available on BBC iPlayer

Timeshift, Series 9 Episode 8 of 9

Duration: 1 hour

The aptly-named Tom Baker narrates a tale of aspiration, industrialisation and plain old-fashioned snobbery in a documentary which unwraps the story of the rise of the popular loaf and how it has shaped the way we eat.

Historically, to know the colour of one's bread was to know one's place in life. For centuries, ordinary people ate brown bread that was about as easy on the teeth as a brick. Softer, refined white bread was so expensive to make that it became the preserve of the rich. Affordable white bread was the baker's holy grail - but almost as soon as it became possible to achieve, dietary experts began to trumpet the virtues of brown. Not surprisingly, the British public proved reluctant to give up their white loaves, and even a war couldn't change their eating habits.

Credits

Narrator
Tom Baker
Director
Merryn Threadgould
Producer
John Das
Executive Producer
Michael Poole

Broadcasts

Planes, trains and automobiles

Timeshift Planes and Trains...

Timeshift has been exploring how we get about, on land, on the sea and in the sky

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss