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King Edward VII's 'astonishing' diet

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The Edwardian menu involved an astonishing amount of food for the king and his court, including an eight-course and lunch and 12-course dinner... followed by supper.

In the first episode of a six-part series, Andrew Marr visits Britain at the beginning of the 20th Century and tries to gets to the heart of Edwardian Britain.

Andrew Marr's Making Of Modern Britain will be broadcast on Wednesday, 28 October, 2009 at 2100 BST on BBC Two. Or watch afterwards on BBC iPlayer

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