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The British Empire in Colour is a major three part series that examines the history and experience of the British Empire, form the perspectives of both the rulers and the ruled. Using original colour archive film - much of which had never previously been seen - together with personal letters and diary extracts helping to capture the many complexities and contradictions of life in the British Empire.
|S01E01||The Decline of the British Empire||31/12/2002||Art Malik narrates the story of British imperial rule, beginning with the possession of India. Rare colour footage illustrates the splendour of the Delhi Durbar : but unrest was not far away. Gandhi and Nehru both pushed for Indian independence and, despite a period of co-operation during World War Two, the ensuing new world order saw Britain finally forced out|
|S01E02||The Fall of the British Empire||31/12/2002||Rare archive footage reveals how the communist insurgency in Malaya, the turbulent situation in Palestine and the Suez crisis all helped to undermine Britain's standing. Things were also changing in colonial Africa, where the peaceful rise of Kwamr Nkrumah in Ghana and the violent Mau Mau uprising in Kenya contributed to the political dismantling of the Empire|
|S01E03||The Legacy of the British Empire||31/12/2002||Art Malik chronicles the final death throes of the British Empire, encompassing the years immediately following Elizabeth II's accession to the throne up until the handover of Hong Kong in 1997, illustrated by original archive footage. In Britain, rationing remained in place for several years following World War Two, prompting many to seek a more prosperous life abroad, while huge numbers of West Indian immigrants began arriving on UK shores, seeking opportunities not available in their homelands. Last in series|
|S00E01||The Making of British Empire in Colour||31/12/2002||This special documents the making of the The British Empire in Colour - a major three-part series that examines the history and influence of the British Empire.|