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Making Ourselves at Home

Empire Episode 2 of 5

Jeremy Paxman traces the story of the greatest empire the world has ever known: the British Empire. He continues his personal account of Britain's empire by looking at how traders, conquerors and settlers spread the British way of doing things around the world - in particular how they created a very British idea of home.

He begins in India, where early traders wore Indian costume and took Indian wives. Their descendants still cherish their mixed heritage. Victorian values put a stop to that as interracial mixing became taboo.

In Singapore, he visits a club where British colonials gathered together, in Canada he finds a town whose inhabitants are still fiercely proud of the traditions of their Scottish ancestors, in Kenya he meets the descendants of the first white settlers - men whose presence came to be bitterly resented as pressure for African independence grew.

And he traces the story of an Indian family in Leicester whose migrations have been determined by the changing fortunes of the British empire.

1 hour

Last on

Wed 25 Apr 2012 00:50
BBC One Wales only

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Role Contributor
PresenterJeremy Paxman
PresenterJeremy Paxman
DirectorJohn Hay
DirectorJohn Hay
DirectorRobin Dashwood
DirectorRobin Dashwood
Executive ProducerBasil Comely
Executive ProducerBasil Comely

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