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Mary's Bottom Line

Premier :: 2012-03-15

on Channel 4

Genre :: Documentary

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From the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, Britain used to be a manufacturing colossus and renowned for its world-class clothing industry. But today, most fashion is made cheaply abroad and 25% of clothing is imported from China alone. So when and why did we stop buying British? In Mary's Bottom Line, Mary Portas is on a crusade to launch a campaign to reignite the UK clothing industry.

Latest Episode

Series 1 - Episode 4 - Episode 4
Aired - 27 December 2012

Episode summary:

As Mary and the factory work flat out to design and deliver orders for the all-important Christmas market, Mary sees how other parts of the British textile industry can be transformed with the help of British-based manufacturing. The once faltering stretch lace industry has been given a huge boost by the Kinky Knickers brand, and a lace loom that was destined for foreign production is instead delivered to Nottingham. Back at the factory with supervisors Lynne, Myra and Jackie overseeing training and quality control, the trainees tell Mary how the benefits of a steady job and regular pay packet have changed their lives. With the initial nine month funding coming to an end and the trainees about to graduate, has the factory done enough to stand on its own two feet? Can Mary really sustain a successful business for future generations?

Watch Episodes Online - Episode Guide

+ Series 1

+ Episode - 4 Episode 4 Aired - 27 December 2012
+ Episode - 3 Episode 3 Aired - 29 March 2012
+ Episode - 2 Episode 2 Aired - 22 March 2012
+ Episode - 1 Episode 1 Aired - 15 March 2012

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