Empire (2012): S01E01 – A Taste for Power


Introduction

Empire is a 2012 BBC and Open University co-production, written and presented by Jeremy Paxman, charting the rise of the British Empire from the trading companies of India to the rule over a quarter of the world’s population and its legacy in the modern world.

Outline

Paxman asks how a tiny island in the North Atlantic came to rule over a quarter of the world’s population. He travels to India, where local soldiers and local maharajahs helped a handful of British traders to take over vast areas of land. Spectacular displays of imperial power dazzled the local peoples and developed a cult of Queen Victoria as Empress, mother and virtual God. In Egypt, Paxman explores Britain as a temporary peace-keeper whose visit turned into a seventy year occupation. He travels to the desert where Lawrence of Arabia is still remembered by elder …

Empire Series

You can find a full index and overview of Empire here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 27 February 2012.
  • Running Time: 303 minutes (total running time).
  • Rating: Not Rated.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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