Secrets of McDonald's: 50 Years of the Big Mac

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Channel 5 charts the fascinating history of the fast food chain in Secrets of McDonald's: 50 Years of the Big Mac in a one-off documentary

When salesman Ray Kroc turned Maurice and Richard McDonald’s California burger joint into a nationwide chain in 1954, little did they know it would become the most successful fast food corporation in the world.

From the brothers’ invention of the ‘Speedee Serve System’ in 1948, to the backlash over its practices in the 1990s, this is everything you wanted (or didn’t want) to know about McDonald’s.

Fans including Michael Fountaine (above) has taken his liking for the Golden Arches a step further and has collected over 35,000 items of memorabilia. Another big Mac fan(!) is Albert Okuru who has opened his own Unofficial McDonald's Museum in San Bernardino, California.

Secrets of McDonald's: 50 Years of the Big Mac

Albert Okura is a life-long fan and owner of an unofficial museum on the site of the original restaurant.

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Mandy Cooper
TV Times Highlights Editor

As TV Times Highlights Editor I get to hear about all the latest TV shows coming soon. Here at TVT HQ we are in the privileged position of selecting the best programmes from across all the channels and streaming platforms. Our mission is to make it easier for our readers to decide what to watch - and give them lots of choice of genres - all the latest shows, plus some nostalgic choices we call hidden gems, too. My career began with a postgraduate degree in periodical journalism (ahem, yes old school!) in 1991 and I’ve worked in TV media since 2000.