Butter Chicken, Rogan Josh, and the all-time favourite – Chicken Tikka Masala! The United Kingdom has embraced curry as its national dish, with tens of thousands of Indian restaurants serving mouth-watering dishes to British taste buds.
Staffed over the decades by an influx of migrants from South Asia, these curry houses employ more than 100,000 people. But now this $5bn industry is in freefall.
Every week, two Indian restaurants are shutting down as COVID-19, changing consumer tastes, and Brexit take a toll.
In this documentary, 101 East correspondent Drew Ambrose travels across the UK to find out why Britain’s curry houses are in crisis.
Reporter: Drew Ambrose
Producers: Siwaporn Kingston and Aun Qi Koh
Camera: Craig Hansen
Picture Editor: Badrul Hisham
Research assistant: Jenni Henderson
Digital Producer: Hasham Cheema
Senior Supervising Producer: Nick Olle
Executive Producer: Sharon Roobol
Photos courtesy of : Tower Hamlets Archives, Tim Smith, Eastside Community Heritage, Mohammad Ali, Raju Vaidyanathan and the British Curry Awards
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