Balson the Butcher

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Episode 1 of 3

Duration: 1 hour

The first of three documentaries following the bosses of some Britain's oldest family businesses as they go on a journey into their remarkable pasts.

Richard Balson's family have been butchers for almost 500 years, since Henry VIII was on the throne. He goes back through centuries of butchery to the origin of the British high street. Along the way he discovers how the Balsons have stayed in the butchery business despite scandal and tragedy.


Margaret Mountford
Chris Durlacher
Executive Producer
Lucy Willis


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