Empire (2012): S01E04 – Making a Fortune


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 looks at how the empire began as a pirates’ treasure hunt robbing Spanish ships and ports using privateers such as Henry Morgan and grew into an informal empire based on trade and developed into a global financial network. He travels to Jamaica where sugar made plantation owners rich on the mistreatment of African slaves, then to Calcutta where British traders became the new princes of India. Unfair trading helped start the independence movement led by Mahatma Gandhi who’s visit to Britain and the mill town of Darwen in 1931 is remembered by two women, who were…

Empire Series

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

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 19 March 2012.
  • Running Time: 303 minutes (total running time).
  • Rating: Not Rated.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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