Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Brian Cox delves into the history of sugar, learning how sugar cane fuelled a consumer revolution that has led to epidemic levels of diabetes, obesity and even addiction.

Revealing the rich and controversial past of sugar, alcohol, tobacco and opium, Hollywood actor Brian Cox embarks on a thought-provoking journey to uncover how the commercial exploitation of these products hooked the rest of the world on an appetite for a good time.

In this first episode, Brian wants to find out why (like millions of other Brits), he is a diabetic. Starting in Barbados, from which sugar cane fuelled a consumer revolution, Brian discovers how the British acquired a 'sweet tooth' and why today, this has led to epidemic levels of diabetes, obesity and even addiction to sugar.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 26 Nov 2012 21:00

More episodes

Previous

You are at the first episode

Next

See all episodes from Addicted to Pleasure

Clip

How did we become addicted to sugar?

We are swamped by sugar. It has crept into all areas of our daily diet, from the sweet treats we award ourselves to family essentials such as pre-packaged loaves of bread. Read more...

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Brian Cox
Presenter Brian Cox
Series Producer Richard Downes
Series Producer Richard Downes
Producer Sarah Barclay
Producer Sarah Barclay
Director Sarah Barclay
Director Sarah Barclay

Broadcast

  • Mon 26 Nov 2012 21:00