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The Supersizers Go… Victorian

Just discovered an excellent episode of a most excellent show about historical eating habits can be seen for free on Hulu. Season 1, Episode 3

Giles Corin on the Victorian dinner: “I was hoping we might overturn what I thought was a misconception–that the Victorians were all grey and boring and not really into pleasure. And in fact it was exactly what I imagined a self-flagellatory, imperial, trussed-up, sexless bunch of dope-heads would produce.” 


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  1. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk January 30, 2015

    hilarous and fascinating! and here i have enough trouble with modern traditional english food..i’m going to have to watch the whole series. it’s good to see the trivia of history so well explored.



    • Arconus Arkright Arconus Arkright January 31, 2015

      They aired the entire series on the Cooking Channel, but I didn’t realize how much was edited out to make room for more commercials. There was no boxing or brain scooping when I watched it on cable.

  2. Kimika Ying Kimika Ying January 31, 2015

    This is wonderful. I went for a quick look and watched all of the Victorian era show.  And thank you for the Youtube link, Edward. It lacks the advertisements. So much food, but the calf’s head on a plate was too adventurous for me. I just couldn’t.

    At the dinner table, a question to the etiquette expert: At what point would it be suitable for the ladies to start screaming, “Ow, my twisted torso. Ow, get this corset off me for the love of god.” ?



  3. Edward Pearse Edward Pearse January 31, 2015

    For those wanting to see more start with Edwardian Supersize Me (which was inspired by Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me doco).

    This then spunoff two series: The Supersizers Go and The Supersizers Eat which went through everything from Roman and French Revolution meals to various decades of the 20th century. If you can get past Giles Corin’s hideous table manners it’s an interesting series.

    • Arconus Arkright Arconus Arkright January 31, 2015

      Corin does kind of chew like a cow, doesn’t he?

  4. Ceejay Writer Ceejay Writer February 3, 2015

    I devoured (hah!) the entire series last year and loved every second of it.  I caught them all via YouTube at the time. 

  5. Jon Chen Jon Chen February 22, 2015

    Thanks very much for the link — this promises to be a fun series. :)

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