Empire (5 x 60′) – In a landmark new series, Jeremy Paxman tells the remarkable story of the British Empire. At its peak, the British Empire was the largest in history and its influence stretched all over the globe. Empire traces not only the empire’s rise and fall, but explores the complex effects it had on the modern world – political, technological and social – and equally the effects of the empire on Britain.
Travelling across the globe, Jeremy is in search of the extraordinary characters, burning ambitions and surprising principles which created an empire that has so influenced the shape of the world we see today. From India to Canada, the Far East to Africa, Jeremy finds out how the empire began as a pirates’ treasure hunt and grew into the largest global financial network the world had ever seen; how the British created a particular idea of home wherever they conquered and settled; how Britain spread the gospel of sport, laying the foundations for almost all the major sports of today; and at the many different ways in which Britain took and held power in the empire.
Producer: BBC Vision
TX: Autumn 2011
Source: BBC Press Office