Empire (2012): S01E05 – Doing Good


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 tells the story of how a desire for conquest became a mission to improve the rest of mankind, especially in Africa, and in Central Africa he travels in the footsteps of David Livingstone who though a failure as a missionary became a legend. A flood of Christian missionaries followed and founded schools one of which today has 8,000 pupils. In South Africa, Paxman tells the story of Cecil Rhodes, a maverick with a different sort of mission, who believed in the white man’s right to rule the world and took vast swathes of land for Britain, laying down the …

Empire Series

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

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 26 March 2012.
  • Running Time: 303 minutes (total running time).
  • Rating: Not Rated.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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