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MADE IN GREAT BRI­TAIN

WELL you’re go­ing to brie (sorry) in for a shock here. Ap­par­ently Bri­tain not only pro­duces more va­ri­eties of cheese than France, but is one of the big­gest pro­duc­ers of cheese in the world. And there are plenty of other ahem, grate facts in this lat­est edi­tion of the se­ries about our pro­duc­tion past.

Pre­sen­ter Steph McGovern and a team of mak­ers ar­rive in Wens­ley­dale in the York­shire Dales and ex­plore how it started out be­ing made by French monks be­fore fi­nally be­ing cham­pi­oned by Wal­lace and Gromit.

The mak­ers at­tempt to pro­duce the very ear­li­est vari­a­tions of Wens­ley­dale. But from milk­ing a sheep, to ex­tract­ing ‘ren­net’ from a sheep’s stom­ach, then re-in­flat­ing the stom­ach like a bal­loon, the chal­lenge proves to be a bit of a stinker.

Steph McGovern

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