A New Dawn

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Episode 1 of 6

Duration: 58 minutes

In the first of a six-part series, Andrew Marr revisits Britain at the dawn of the 20th century. He finds the country mourning the death of Queen Victoria, fighting an intractable war against the Boers in South Africa, enjoying the bawdy pleasures of music hall, and worrying about the physical and moral strength of the working class.

There are stories of political intrigue between David Lloyd George and his arch enemy Joseph Chamberlain, as well as the beginning of the struggle for women's suffrage. Plus an account of the day Mr Rolls met Mr Royce and kicked off a revolution in motoring.

With powerful archive and vivid anecdotes, Andrew Marr gets to the heart of Edwardian Britain. He brings to life Britain's struggle to maintain its imperial power in the world in the years before the First World War.

  • Photo: Victoria Memorial

    Photo: Victoria Memorial

    Andrew Marr beneath the Victoria Memorial, which stands in front of Buckingham Palace and was completed in 1911.

  • Photo: Rolls Royce Silver Ghost

    Photo: Rolls Royce Silver Ghost

    Car manufacturing played a significant role in the development of British industry in the first half of the 20th century, and Andrew takes a ride in the jewel in its crown - a 1906 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.

  • Photo: Victoria Embankment

    Photo: Victoria Embankment

    Andrew is in reflective mood at Victoria Embankment, a significant Victorian development in London.

Credits

Presenter
Andrew Marr
Writer
Andrew Marr
Director
Robin Dashwood
Producer
Robin Dashwood
Producer
Chris Granlund

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