Grayson Perry has always been fascinated by taste - why people buy the things they do, wear the things they wear and what they are trying to say about themselves when they make those choices. In this three-part series, Perry goes on safari through the taste tribes of Britain, not just to observe our taste, but to tell us in an artwork what it means. In each episode, he'll embed himself with people from across our social spectrum - the working classes of Sunderland, the middle classes of Tunbridge Wells and the upper classes of the Cotswolds - in a bid to get to grips with our differing takes on taste.

The series follows the entirety of Grayson's creative process. We first see the initial 'light-bulb' moments he has whilst on his research trip, then the sketches he makes in response to what he's experienced. Grayson then designs the tapestries, and they are manufactured in Belgium to his specifications.

... a beautifully stitched living portrait of a class, a city and an artist.
Alex Hardy, The Times

Finally, each programme ends with the people who Grayson has met on his documentary journey being invited to the unveiling of the completed tapestries, at a top London contemporary art gallery.  The contributors have the opportunity to react to the artwork, and to debate with Grayson how he has chosen to reflect their taste. 

Revealing the artist’s creative process from the very beginning as he engages with one of the most fascinating aspects of contemporary culture, this series shows the power of art to reflect who we are. 

Episode 1: Working Class Taste

Grayson Perry begins his investigation of taste in Sunderland, a city with strong working-class traditions. Originally from a working-class background himself, Perry is interested in how our family background and the class journey we take shape the way we define ourselves through what we wear and buy, and how we live. Perry discovers a culture of flamboyant display in Sunderland, as well as some surprising ancestral echoes of his own upbringing. He also confronts head-on the snobbery that surrounds many people's view of working-class taste. Finally, Perry invites all the people he meets in Sunderland down to London for an unveiling of the artwork inspired by his experiences in their city, prompting a fascinating debate about what he has chosen to reflect back to them about their taste. 

Episode 2: Middle Class Taste

Grayson Perry embeds himself with the middle classes in and around Tunbridge Wells. As someone originally from a working class background, but now living amongst the middle class, Perry is fascinated by social mobility and the rise of a new middle class. He finds a world of aspirational, brand-led taste, with people keen to demarcate themselves from the working-class tastes they have left behind, but uncertain what new taste signals to send out. Moving on to the middle class heartland of Tunbridge Wells, Grayson explores the taste obsessions - from organic food and gastropubs to vintage furniture and dinner parties - of the traditional middle classes. These are the people who are most self-conscious about what their taste decisions say about themselves. But Grayson finds that, for all the differences between the many middle class 'taste tribes' he meets, all of their tastes share a burning desire to show what good people they are…

Episode 3: Upper Class Taste

In his final journey to explore what our taste says about us, Grayson Perry lives amongst the upper classes of the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, and meets The Marquess of Bath and Longleat and bohemian Detmar Blow. Grayson finds that upper-class taste can be as much a burden as a blessing. The reverence of the people he meets for tradition, ancestral inheritance and appropriateness makes Grayson wonder whether that makes it more difficult to develop taste of their own. As owners of magnificent old houses, they know plenty about tapestries, but Grayson's 21stcentury take on the tapestry tradition - with his own very personal take on their taste - proves very different from the tapestries they're used to.