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Updated Friday 22nd August 2014

Since the 12th Century, Smithfield has provided meat to London. But can it survive in an era of supermarkets and vegans?

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A Smithfield Market worker Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Indus Films Working in Smithfield The Open University co-production exploring the great markets of London, and the lives of the people who work in them, continues with a visit to Smithfield.

The night time market at Smithfield was once the sole supplier of meat and poultry to London and could play by its own rules.

But now the modern world of political correctness and customer service is proving a challenge for some in this closed, traditional man's world.

Smithfield has been supplying the capital with meat since the 12th Century, but what does the future hold for the men of the meat market?

The Meat Market: Inside Smithfield is first broadcast on BBC Two and the BBC HD Channel on Thursday 31st May, 2012 at 9.30pm. For further broadcast details, and  to watch online where available, visit bbc.co.uk.

 

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