BBC3 serves up “The Horsemeat Banquet”

London-based Dragonfly Film and Television is set to produce a one-off for BBC3, challenging British diners' perceptions on eating horse meat.
March 14, 2013

London-based Dragonfly Film and Television is set to produce a one-off for BBC3, challenging British diners’ perceptions on eating horse meat.

The Horsemeat Banquet, a one-hour special, will air on March 27 at 10 p.m. Hosted by Rick Edwards, a group of young diners will be presented with a horsemeat banquet and fact-filled surprises. The aim is to see whether the diners’ views on the meat they eat is changed at the end of the dinner.

Dragonfly’s credits include Kill It, Cook It, Eat It; Channel 4′s What Happens in Kavos; and BBC3′s People Like Us.

The Horsemeat Banquet was commissioned by Sam Bickley, BBC1 and BBC3′s commissioning executive for factual features and formats, and is executive produced by Dragonfly’s head of factual entertainment, Tamara Abood.

“BBC3 is committed to bringing current issues to its audience in engaging, entertaining and thought-provoking ways,” said Zai Bennett, controller of BBC3. “The issue of whether or not the Brits should put horse meat on the menu is an emotive one and I’m proud that the channel isn’t afraid to ask the question and challenge perceptions.”

“In the most vivid and unforgettable way imaginable, The Horsemeat Banquet will bring to a head the current debate about the food we eat,” added Simon Dickson, MD of Dragonfly. “Politics meets cookery meets factual entertainment, it promises to be one of the year’s most talked-about programs for young people.”

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