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Christmas 2016

In this Christmas special, Gregg Wallace, Cherry Healey and Ruth Goodman explore the fascinating factory processes and surprising history behind our favourite festive treats.

In this Christmas special, Gregg Wallace, Cherry Healey and Ruth Goodman explore the fascinating factory processes and surprising history behind favourite festive treats.

Gregg follows 24 hours of production at the world's largest mince pie factory. As he helps to mix pastry and stew mince, Gregg discovers the challenges of producing 2,000 perfect pies every minute. He also attempts to roll the sponge on the yule log conveyor belt - with disastrous results.

Cherry travels to south Wales to meet the workers who make enough tinsel in a year to reach Hawaii, and she is given special access to a high-tech factory that produces over 400 million metres of best-selling wrapping paper.

Meanwhile, Ruth Goodman discovers the explosive history of Christmas crackers.

59 minutes

Last on

Christmas Day 2018 10:00

Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    Darlene Love

    All Alone On Christmas

  • 00:01

    Jax Jones

    Yeah Yeah Yeah

  • 00:02

    Wizzard

    I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

  • 00:03

    Little Mix

    Love Me Like You

  • 00:04

    Arlissa

    Into The Light

  • 00:06

    Clean Cut Kid

    Pick Me Up

  • 00:07

    Kylie Minogue

    Every Day's Like Christmas

  • 00:14

    Grimes

    REALiTi

  • 00:15

    Of Monsters and Men

    Human (Glastonbury 2016)

  • 00:19

    Florence + the Machine

    Ship To Wreck

  • 00:20

    Paul McCartney

    Wonderful Christmastime

  • 00:24

    First Aid Kit

    Kings Of The World (feat. Conor Oberst)

  • 00:22

    Dean Martin

    Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

  • 00:26

    Mumford & Sons

    I Will Wait

  • 00:27

    Stereophonics

    White Lies

  • 00:34

    Stereolab

    Space Moth

  • 00:35

    Booker T. & The MG’s

    Jingle Bells

  • 00:37

    Foals

    My Number

  • 00:42

    Shakin’ Stevens

    Merry Christmas Everyone

  • 00:46

    The Pogues

    Fairytale Of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl)

  • 00:46

    Craig David

    Ain’t Giving Up (feat. Sigala)

  • 00:51

    The Ventures

    Frosty The Snowman

  • 00:58

    Slade

    Merry Xmas Everybody

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Gregg Wallace
Presenter Cherry Healey
Presenter Ruth Goodman
Executive Producer Alice Harper
Executive Producer Sanjay Singhal
Producer James Buchanan
Director James Buchanan
Producer Sam Bailey
Director Sam Bailey
Producer Emma Pound
Producer Linda McCarthy
Production Company Voltage TV Productions Ltd

Broadcasts

  • Tue 20 Dec 2016 21:00
  • Fri 23 Dec 2016 18:00
  • Tue 27 Dec 2016 03:10
  • Thu 21 Dec 2017 19:00
  • Fri 22 Dec 2017 19:00
  • Christmas Day 2018 10:00

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