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Documentary series. Gregg Wallace, Cherry Healey and Ruth Goodman look at Britain's history with milk and visit one of the largest fresh milk processing plants on earth.

Gregg Wallace gets exclusive access to one of the largest fresh milk processing plants on earth to see how they get milk from cow to carton in less than 24 hours. He reveals how one factory can process 2,000 litres of milk in under a minute and visits the hi-tech British farms where the cows are milked entirely by robots.

Cherry Healey discovers how milk is used to make cheese and ice cream on an epic scale and reveals why most people in the world actually can't drink milk - and what makes us unusual in Britain.

Historian Ruth Goodman investigates our complicated history with the white stuff and discovers just how tough it would have been to work as a dairy maid.

1 hour, 1 minute

Last on

Sat 29 Dec 2018 17:10

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:11


    2 Trees

  • 00:15

    Ed Sheeran

    I'm A Mess

  • 00:18

    Florence + the Machine

    Spectrum (Say My Name) (Calvin Harris Mix)

    Remix Artist: Calvin Harris.
  • 00:20


    Around Us

  • 00:22

    Milky Chance

    Down By The River

  • 00:29

    Florence + the Machine

    Bedroom Hymns

  • 00:30

    Ed Sheeran

    Grade 8

  • 00:31

    Clare Maguire

    Break These Chains

  • 00:35

    Clare Maguire

    The Last Dance

  • 00:36

    Ed Sheeran


  • 00:37

    Clare Maguire

    Last Dance

  • 00:37

    Florence + the Machine

    Rabbit Heart

  • 00:44

    Daft Punk

    Robot Rock

  • 00:46


    Burn The Pages

  • 00:47

    Richard Strauss

    Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

  • 00:48

    Hudson Taylor


  • 00:51


    There Goes The Fear


Role Contributor
Presenter Gregg Wallace
Presenter Cherry Healey
Presenter Ruth Goodman
Executive Producer Alice Harper
Series Producer Chris Parkin
Production Company Voltage TV Productions Ltd


  • Thu 7 May 2015 20:00
  • Wed 13 May 2015 23:50
  • Fri 19 Jun 2015 00:50
  • Sat 20 Jun 2015 00:30
  • Sun 2 Jul 2017 17:00
  • Sat 29 Dec 2018 17:10

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