From the makers of the BAFTA award-winning Britain At War In Colour comes this major historical series reliving the story of the British Empire for its rulers and the ruled. Original colour film, much of it previously unseen, plus personal letters and diaries, capture the complexities and contradictions of life in the Empire.
A little over 100 years ago, Britain ruled almost half the people on earth. Britain was the most powerful nation in the world. Throughout the 20th century, the experience of Empire shaped the culture and identity of Britain and its former colonies and dominions around the globe.
This DVD contains the complete TV series, plus "The making of the The British Empire In Colour" as well as features exclusive to DVD.
This series looks at the history of the British Empire, starting in about 1914, and taking it through its decline to its final demise in the late 20th Century. It is well made, well presented, and reasonably comprehensive - although, as is perhaps inevitable in such a short series, strongly biased in what it includes and what it leaves out.
The basic premise of the series is that the British Empire was of unalloyed evil, and that it brought nothing but poverty and misery to people who otherwise would have lived in glorious riches and happiness. This premise is 'proved' by a policy, especially in the third part of the series, of presenting the views of self-interested parties, whether critics or supporters of the Empire, as if these views settled the matter. Other opinions, such as those contained in the marvellous book and series on the 1919 Versailles Treaty, were studiously ignored.
Nevertheless, I found the series thoroughly enjoyable and informative, and well worth the watching.