216/216 Anna Massey considers Britain's history, from the Romans to the first Prime Minister.
215/216 Queen Victoria's reign ends and a Conservative government returns. Anna Massey narrates.
214/216 As Queen Victoria reaches 80, the country is at war in South Africa. Anna Massey narrates.
213/216 Victoria has reigned longer than any other monarch and celebrations are afoot.
212/216 A time of social reform, free education and the outlawing of child employment.
211/216 The Fabian Society is born and county councils formed by the Local Government Act.
210/216 50 'marvellous years' or the reign of 'a pampered old woman of sullen visage'?
209/216 Churchill and Chamberlain appear, and the thorny question of Home Rule in Ireland.
208/216 Proposals to improve social conditions leads to urban slum clearances.
207/216 Gladstone's ambitions for Home Rule in Ireland end in fiasco. Anna Massey narrates.
206/216 Queen Victoria is distraught at Disraeli's death, while the Boer War ignites.
205/216 Death of Disraeli: Gladstone's Midlothian Campaign costs the Prime Minister dearly.
204/216 Disraeli struggles for support in the face of Rourke's Drift. Anna Massey narrates.
203/216 The Suez Canal is up for sale, but who will buy - Britain or France? Anna Massey narrates.
202/216 The entrenched Eastern Question brings Gladstone back into front bench politics.
201/216 Disraeli becomes Prime Minister and cements the country's imperial interests.
200/216 Gladstone brings about many changes, but the Queen is under threat from other quarters.
199/216 Sail v Steam, the death of Dickens, schools 'on the rates' and Livingstone found.
198/216 Disraeli's time in office is cut short by the question of the Anglican Church in Ireland.
197/216 Disraeli 'the conjuror' is Prime Minister. But not for long. Narrated by Anna Massey.
196/216 The tortuous road to Electoral Reform results in Parliamentary upheaval.
195/216 The late 19th century sees Germany wielding power and the end of an era in Westminster.
194/216 Poverty, misery and the workhouse in 19th century London is examined in this episode.
193/216 The 19th century saw reform, industrialisation and a mass exodus to new territories.
192/216 A grieving Queen Victoria proposes a great memorial for her husband.
191/216 As Europe celebrates unity in 1861, civil war grips America.
190/216 Revisions to the 1832 Reform Laws indicate wider political changes taking place.
189/216 The new Theory of Evolution causes a deep divide between Church and Science.
188/216 The second Opium War begins with the killing of a French missionary in China.
187/216 Gladstone's ambitions as Chancellor are thwarted by the onset of the Crimean War.