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Inside the Christmas Factory

Postby Suelle » December 19th, 2017, 9:01 am

I dislike both Greg Wallace and Cherry Healey gurning through this series of programmes, but last night's programme was really interesting. I didn't realise 'hand-made' mass produced Christmas cakes really were hand made to such an extent!

Worth watching on catch up, or the repeat on Friday (7pm BBC2), if you've got a spare hour.
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Re: Inside the Christmas Factory

Postby earthmaiden » December 19th, 2017, 9:14 am

Thanks Suelle! I haven't come across the programme at all but will try to find it on catch-up.
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Re: Inside the Christmas Factory

Postby TeresaFoodie » December 19th, 2017, 5:11 pm

I missed it as I fancied watching something else rather than Greg Wallace so will try it on catch up. Thanks Sue.
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Re: Inside the Christmas Factory

Postby Zosherooney » December 19th, 2017, 5:49 pm

Yes, thanks Sue, I wanted to watch it but Mr.Z. had already set the recorder and we were watching something else so will watch it on Friday thanks for the thumbs up :tu:
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Re: Inside the Christmas Factory

Postby PatsyMFagan » December 19th, 2017, 6:11 pm

This is part of a series called 'Inside the Factory'. Series 3 covered tea, biscuits and pasta. Earlier series included bicycles and shoes.
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Re: Inside the Christmas Factory

Postby KC2 » December 20th, 2017, 12:18 pm

We've found all the foody ones really interesting and I agree, Suelle, that it was really surprising how much of a "hand-made" mass produced Christmas cake is genuinely hand-made. I'm not surprised it costs £20 in M & S!
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Re: Inside the Christmas Factory

Postby earthmaiden » December 20th, 2017, 5:09 pm

Started watching this earlier but then thought I'd wait until later when I have done my chores :). Got as far as the brandy/raisin mix being poured over the dried fruit ... wow! Had a vague feeling I had seen it before, is it the first time it's been shown? I shall watch it later anyway.

Edited to say I agree, it was quite fascinating and took a lot of manpower for something mass produced (described as 'hand made'). I learned something too. I had always wondered how the 'almond taste' got into marzipan and almond extract etc as when you eat almonds they don't taste like that. I hadn't realised that special bitter almonds are used which are different from ordinary ones. It all makes sense now!
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Re: Inside the Christmas Factory

Postby miss mouse » December 20th, 2017, 9:39 pm

Suelle wrote:Worth watching on catch up, or the repeat on Friday (7pm BBC2), if you've got a spare hour.


It was, veryinteresting. The presenters though are dire.

'What!!! 50Kg of currants, that's the size of a sack of potatoes'.

I think we know what 50 KG is likely to be like as we carefully weigh our long haul travel luggage. Isn't there a safety limit on stuff to be carried manually? I doubt that potatoes still come in 50Kg sacks.
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Re: Inside the Christmas Factory

Postby smitch » December 21st, 2017, 8:25 pm

I think the cake factory is the one we go to for bargain M&S rejects. I’ve got the programme recorded to watch it later
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Re: Inside the Christmas Factory

Postby aero280 » December 21st, 2017, 9:31 pm

Tonight's one is a repeat of one from last year. Wrapping paper, etc.
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Re: Inside the Christmas Factory

Postby miss mouse » December 21st, 2017, 10:52 pm

I am interested in theory but how much Gurning Greg is there?
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Re: Inside the Christmas Factory

Postby Suelle » December 21st, 2017, 10:56 pm

miss mouse wrote:I am interested in theory but how much Gurning Greg is there?


a lot!
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Re: Inside the Christmas Factory

Postby miss mouse » December 21st, 2017, 11:05 pm

Oh dear.

'I'm just a barrer boy, I kno nuffink about nuffink. Is that really a sheet of paper?' repeat 47times. Just guessing.
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Re: Inside the Christmas Factory

Postby Zosherooney » December 22nd, 2017, 9:47 pm

Liked the apple brandy scenario - must build a stil in the NY........
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Re: Inside the Factory ... not Christmas any more

Postby KC2 » January 2nd, 2018, 5:57 pm

I see that tonight's programme is on fish fingers ...
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Re: Inside the Christmas Factory

Postby Amber » January 2nd, 2018, 9:14 pm

I enjoyed it.
But my mind is always wandering, wondering how and why the machines were designed in such ways. Fascinating.
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Re: Inside the Christmas Factory

Postby scullion » January 2nd, 2018, 10:52 pm

Zosherooney wrote:Liked the apple brandy scenario - must build a stil in the NY........

Do it the easy way - use your freezer.
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Re: Inside the Christmas Factory

Postby KC2 » January 2nd, 2018, 11:02 pm

It certainly made us think about fish fingers differently! We may even be tempted to go out and get some Waitrose ones!!
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