BBC commissions new show about historical sweets

A sweet new show, Back to Work: Confectioners, is on its way from the BBC, which will see modern-day confectioners go back in time to learn about the history of British sweets.

Across three, hour-long episodes, four chefs will learn all about - and have a go at making themselves - different kinds of confectionary in various historical eras in the UK.

The Beeb says our chefs will get to discover…

  • sugar craft from the Elizabethan era
  • Georgian bon bons
  • and the beginnings of the mass production of sweets in Victorian factories.

Not only will the show let them cook up a storm, it'll also explore the role that sugar and sweet food has played in British society over the centuries. It'll cover the dark history of the slave labour-driven sugar trade, the lives of old-time sugar workers, and how the growth of the British Empire brought us more ingredients and candy-making methods.

Emily Shields, of production company Wall to Wall, said: "This series will blend the trials and tribulations of our modern day sugar workers as they get to grips with the ingredients, methods and confections of the past with the extraordinary story of sugar - from a treat only tasted by the very elite of the Tudor court to the mass produced ingredient that's become so controversial today."

Commissioning editor Rachel Morgan added: "Back to Work: Confectioners is a BBC Two living history commission at its purposeful best - enjoyable, steeped in authenticity and brimming with truth and revelation."

Look out for Back to Work: Confectioners on BBC Two and iPlayer soon. We're half wondering if it'll be hosted by Mel and Sue… but that would just be too good.

Source: BBC

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