York stars in an hour-long BBC2 show tonight – here’s a sneak peek

Jason Stocks-Young, Claire ‘de Lune’, Steph McGovern, Charlton Nicoll and Katie Ventress enjoy a hot chocolate at York Mansion House. Photographs: Endemol Shine UK / Rudi Gordon

York’s delicious chocolate past and present is celebrated for an hour on prime time TV tonight (Friday, November 2).

The BBC2 series Made In Great Britain comes from the city.


The programme traces the country’s love affair with chocolate from when York pioneers transformed it from a luxury drink for the rich into the nation’s favourite treat.

Presenter Steph McGovern leads the makers through the ages, guided by Yorkshireman and chocolatier Paul A Young.

Presenter Steph McGovern at York Cocoa Works

Filming takes us to upstairs and downstairs in the Mansion House, as well as York Cocoa Works – the modern city centre factory founded by Sophie Jewett, continuing the legacy of the Terry and Rowntree families.

The promotion for the programme states:

  • The makers learn that late Victorian chocolate boxes were seen as the equivalent of a marriage proposal.

    In the 1930s, chocolate became available for all. The makers become Kit Kat developers, a snack created for the lunch boxes of the workers of Britain.

    This famous bar was invented in York and became one of the most successful chocolate bars in the entire world.

Choccy recipes in the Mansion House kitchen

All smiles at York Cocoa Works
Drinking in styel
The less successful Terry’s Chocolate Apple can be seen on the table

Made In Great Britain: Chocolate – BBC2, Friday November 2, 9pm