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The Bug Grub Couple

Documentary following insect expert Dr Sarah Beynon and award-winning chef Andy Holcroft as they try to bring insect-based food products to the mainstream market.

Showing as part of the Our Lives strand.

Entomologist Dr Sarah Beynon and award-winning chef Andy Holcroft are on a mission. The Pembrokeshire couple love eating bugs and they want the UK public to eat them too. Which is why they have transformed their beef farm in west Wales into a one-stop bug shop! But will their insect food fly or get swatted?

As demand grows for a sustainable alternative protein to meat, Sarah and Andy believe bug grub is the way forward. Insects need far less land and water than beef, they can feed off waste rather than edible arable crops and don't contribute to climate change to the same degree as beef production does. But has the day of the insect arrived? Are the UK ready for bug burgers and cricket cookies?

We follow Sarah and Andy as they take their bug based food products developed on the farm to the mainstream food market. First up is the cricket cookie, a delicious concoction of cricket powder and chocolate chips! But before the duo pitch to UK buyers, they go to the Netherlands to meet the insect farmers Roland van der Ver and Bert Nostimos who they hope will provide them with a plentiful supply of bugs.

With a regular supply of safe bugs secured, the couple decide to take their cricket cookies to the prestigious Hay Literary Festival, where Sarah and Andy hand them out to the public. Receiving rave reviews, we follow the couple as they endeavour to get their cookies scientifically assessed and on to the market. Will the UK take to their sustainable protein or will they be seen as nothing more than pests?

30 minutes

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Music Played

  • London Grammar

    Strong

  • HAIM

    Want You Back

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Sarah Beynon
Presenter Andy Holcroft
Expert Roland van der Ven
Expert Bert Nostimos
Expert Rhian Jones
Interviewed Guest MG Leonard
Expert Katie Pressdee
Expert Ellen Evans
Interviewed Guest Ian Edwards
Interviewed Guest Peter Fuchs
Interviewed Guest Carwyn Jones
Camera Operator Richard Fisher
Camera Operator Mike Harrison
Camera Operator Robin Rice
Camera Operator John Hunter
Camera Operator Rhys D Williams
Camera Operator Kevin Bird
Sound Llyr Rhisiart
Sound Sam Turner
Sound Gruff Jones
Sound Brian Ullah
Associate Producer Arabella Itani
Film Editor Androo Gwynn
Executive Producer Christina Macaulay
Executive Producer Emyr Afan
Director Justin Jones
Production Company Avanti Media

Broadcasts

  • Mon 7 Aug 2017 19:30
  • Tue 8 Aug 2017 23:45
  • Wed 9 Aug 2017 00:10
  • Wed 9 Aug 2017 00:45
  • Wed 23 Aug 2017 08:00
  • Sun 10 Dec 2017 18:15
  • Sun 29 Jul 2018 19:00