Empire

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  • TV-14
  • 2015
  • 1 Season
  • 7.4  (37,876)

Hosted by veteran BBC broadcaster Jeremy Paxman (The Victorians), this five-part series examines the impact of the empire and how it continues to exert an influence today.

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Seasons
Doing Good
5. Doing Good
September 6, 2015
The drive for conquest also becomes a mission to help the rest of mankind, especially in "the dark continent" of Africa, where David Livingstone sets out to save souls for Christ and the people from Arab and Portuguese slavers.
Making a Fortune
4. Making a Fortune
September 6, 2015
British privateers prey on Spanish wealth in the Caribbean, but theft is soon replaced by trade, including the slave trade of Africans to work the islands' sugar plantations.
 Playing the Game
3. Playing the Game
September 6, 2015
The empire gives rise to a peculiarly British type of hero-the gentleman adventurer whose values are honed on the sports fields of England's public schools, where how you play the game is more important than winning.
Making Ourselves at Home
2. Making Ourselves at Home
September 6, 2015
While early British traders adopt local Indian customs, later arrivals impose Victorian values and try to mold the country into a version of England.
 A Taste for Power
1. A Taste for Power
September 6, 2015
In India, the British learn the art of imperialism, using local rulers and troops to maintain power. But it is little more than a confidence trick, an enormous bluff-and as the mutiny of 1857 shows, it's only a matter of time before that bluff is called.
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Hosted by veteran BBC broadcaster Jeremy Paxman (The Victorians), this five-part series examines the impact of the empire and how it continues to exert an influence today.

  • Premiere Date
    September 6, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (37,876)