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01Salt Cod On The Mary Rose20170814

Historian Lizzie Collingham explains how salt cod helped to create the British Empire.

This culinary journey through history examines how the growing Empire allowed Britain to harness the globe's edible resources; from cod fish and salt beef to sugar, spices and opium. Historian Lizzie Collingham brings a fresh perspective to the making of the realm, uncovering its decisive role in the shaping of the modern diet and revealing how almost every meal we eat still contains a taste of empire.

Today we board the Mary Rose to discover how salt cod helped to create the British Empire.

Written by Lizzie Collingham
Read by Melody Grove
Abridged by Siân Preece
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

02Salt Beef Succotash In New England20170816

The Puritan settlers struggle to recreate the ideal English diet in new surroundings.

This culinary journey through history examines how the growing Empire allowed Britain to harness the globe's edible resources; from cod fish and salt beef to sugar, spices and opium. Historian Lizzie Collingham brings a fresh perspective to the making of the realm, uncovering its decisive role in the shaping of the modern diet and revealing how almost every meal we eat still contains a taste of empire.

There are compromises to be made as the Puritan settlers struggle to recreate the perfect English diet in their New England colonial farmsteads.

Written by Lizzie Collingham
Read by Melody Grove
Abridged by Siân Preece
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

03Dining At Sea20170816

As the Empire expands the colonial trade in ships' provisions races to keep up.

This culinary journey through history examines how the growing Empire allowed Britain to harness the globe's edible resources; from cod fish and salt beef to sugar, spices and opium. Historian Lizzie Collingham brings a fresh perspective to the making of the realm, uncovering its decisive role in the shaping of the modern diet and revealing how almost every meal we eat still contains a taste of empire.

As the Empire expands into the eighteenth century, the colonial trade in ships' provisions races to keep up.

Written by Lizzie Collingham
Read by Melody Grove
Abridged by Siân Preece
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

04Opium And The East India Company20170817

In 19th-century India, British companies are profiting from arms-length drug trading.

This culinary journey through history examines how the growing Empire allowed Britain to harness the globe's edible resources; from cod fish and salt beef to sugar, spices and opium. Historian Lizzie Collingham brings a fresh perspective to the making of the realm, uncovering its decisive role in the shaping of the modern diet and revealing how almost every meal we eat still contains a taste of empire.

International relations are under threat as illicit opium trading is encouraged by British companies operating at the edge of the Empire.

Written by Lizzie Collingham
Read by Melody Grove
Abridged by Siân Preece
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

05Feeding A Wartime Empire20170818

North Africa, 1941. Wartime strictures reveal the brutal reality behind feeding an empire.

This culinary journey through history examines how the growing Empire allowed Britain to harness the globe's edible resources; from cod fish and salt beef to sugar, spices and opium. Historian Lizzie Collingham brings a fresh perspective to the making of the realm, uncovering its decisive role in the shaping of the modern diet and revealing how almost every meal we eat still contains a taste of empire.

Wartime strictures reveal the brutal reality behind feeding an Empire, beginning in North Africa in 1941.

Written by Lizzie Collingham
Read by Melody Grove
Abridged by Siân Preece
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.