Gok Wan: Made in China explores the largely unseen world of Chinese mass production through the travels of the very colourful British reality TV personality, Gok Wan. The program sees Gok in his ancestral home meeting the people working in the factories that supply the West.
China is a manufacturing colossus and the West is surrounded by products “Made in China” every day – from cotton bed sheets to toothbrushes and mobile phones.
Gok heads to China to find out more about the people and places behind those three little words, “Made in China.” His journey is both personal, as he visits the village his father grew up in for the first time, and a journey of discovery into how the country now produces one in every four man-made objects on the planet.
He visits Xintang, also known as ‘Jeans Town,’ an entire town dedicated to making 260 million pairs of jeans every year; ‘Bra Town’ where millions of bras are churned out for women in Britain and the rest of the world.
Gok also discovers the surreal side of China’s obsession with copying, with a trip to Thames Town, a perfect replica of an entire English market town complete with its own Oxford Street, Georgian terraces and village green. His journey ends in the ultra-modern city of Shanghai where he meets a stylist pushing the boundaries in Chinese fashion.
Friday January 31 at 7.30pm on SBS ONE.