Empire (2012): S01E03 – Playing the Game


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.


Paxman traces the growth of a peculiarly British type of hero – adventurer, gentleman, amateur, sportsman and decent chap and the British obsession with sport. He travels to East Africa in the following Victorian explorers searching for the source of the Nile; to Khartoum in Sudan to tell the story of General Gordon, and to Hong Kong where the British indulged their passion for horse racing by building a spectacular race course and to Jamaica where the greatest imperial game of all cricket became a battleground for racial equality when the West Indies formerly always …

Empire Series

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

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 12 March 2012.
  • Running Time: 303 minutes (total running time).
  • Rating: Not Rated.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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