Inside The Factory on Sony BBC Earth, delves deeper into the process behind the making of a particular product, by visiting and shooting inside a factory. On the show, presenters Cherry Healey and Gregg Wallace get exclusive access to some of the largest factories in Britain and reveal the secrets behind production on an epic scale. Each film has an as-live feel, with an on-screen clock tracking progress over 24 fascinating hours. While Gregg meets the lively characters who work at the factories, Cherry investigates the science and innovation behind each product. Historian Ruth Goodman reveals how the product was invented and popularised.
Inside The Factory, which started in 2015 and is kicking off its 4th series, will look at how toilet paper rolls and sausages are made. In addition, the fourth and final episode takes a look at the making of curry sauce in Nottinghamshire. The show also travelled all the way to Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, to take a peek at how chillies — an integral part of UK’s curry sauce — are harvested. Series 4 features the astonishing processes behind products including Nescafé coffee, Molson Coors lager, Primula cheese, Faber-Castell pencils and Iceland pizza.
Cherry, who frequently has been featured in self-titled lifestyle documentaries on the BBC, is popular for presenting shows like The Truth About Looking Good, Inside the Christmas Factory, Britain’s Favourite Supermarket Foods, Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two and so on. She says that Inside the Factory is a fun show and explains the science of manufacturing. “We wanted to see how things are made. Most of us get to see the final product and don’t really know how they are created. People around the globe wake up, sip on coffee, have bread and jam, visit the washroom and use toilet paper and so on, totally unaware of the science and mechanism behind the products. So the idea is to give viewers a sneak peak into the factories where the things are created on such a massive scale,” she says. This series also marvels at the scale, skill and technology involved in making our favourite foods and goods.
After visiting the factories and witnessing the amount of hard work and precision that goes into making each product, Cherry says that her perception towards things has changed. “Now, I appreciate things more than ever before. It is amazing to learn that each product/ food item is a result of brainstorming, hard work and teamwork. I really marvel at the skills that people possess and the brains they put in the creation of goods — from the systematic way of making things to engineering and so on — I am simply amazed and more respectful towards everything now,” adds she.
Although the show is quite enjoyable for the viewers, shooting episodes inside a manufacturing unit/ factory isn’t that easy — the production work is extremely difficult. Says Cherry, “It is really challenging. The factories are extremely noisy with huge machines working continuously. It is not an easy environment for sure and sometimes, there is smoke or high temperatures inside them. Given that working inside a factory is very hard and meticulous, the cameraman has to put in extra effort to shoot the episodes.”
While deciding on the kind of factories that they wanted to visit for the show, their priority was variety, hence they came up with a list of factories that has a balance between food items and non-edible items. “We try not to repeat any place and attempt at making it interesting for the viewers,” says she.
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Inside The Factory series 4 will premiere on February 11, 8 pm onwards, on Sony BBC Earth