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The Big Time


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Gwen Troake's Banquet
Reporter Esther Rantzen
The award-winning series which allows talented amateurs the chance of their dreams - to take part in a spectacular professional event.
This week, a chance to see again how a farmer's wife from Devon plans a banquet in honour of Edward Heath. Behind the scenes of a huge and famous hotel kitchen, we learn the secrets of haute cuisine. Nutritionist Magnus Pyke and gourmet Robert Morley give their advice, and a wonderful confrontation with Mrs Fanny Cradock occurs over a coffee pudding. So violent was the reaction from the viewers that the Daily Telegraph wrote, after it was first screened: ' Not since 1940 can the people of England have risen in such unified wrath.... '


Unknown: Gwen Troake
Unknown: Esther Rantzen
Unknown: Edward Heath.
Unknown: Magnus Pyke
Unknown: Robert Morley
Unknown: Mrs Fanny Cradock
Producer: Esther Rantzen
Director: Ian Sharp

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