PREVIEW: Kitchen-Table Route to Business Success; # Making It # ITV1 Wales, 2.30

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PREVIEW: Kitchen-Table Route to Business Success; # Making It # ITV1 Wales, 2.30


ONCE upon a time - 20 years ago - Margaret Carter was newly divorced, had three children to bring up and all of pounds 9 to her name. But she could cook, even if she was untrained.

Now her company, Patchwork Traditional Foods, has an annual turnover topping pounds 1m and is used by Manchester Business School as a model of how to turn an idea into reality.

Her story is told in Making It (ITV1 Wales, 2.30pm). Her success is based on producing gourmet food using traditional kitchen-table methods. She employs a staff of 30 at her Ruthin headquarters.

She's come a long way since that divorce. She was Welsh businesswoman of the year in 1995 and lives in what used to be a 19th-century hunting lodge. Her off-duty passion is fly-fishing. There are clearly no flies on her.

Traditional methods are also at the heart of Witches' Brew (11.35pm), a new six-part series also from ITV1 Wales. This is about the survival of old remedies in a world of hi-tech medicine.

Many of the treatments sound the far side of weird - using a length of wool in cases of depression, for example - but producer-director Wil Davies points out that some have been adopted by orthodox doctors. …

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