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Playing the Game

Empire Episode 3 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 tracing the growth of a peculiarly British type of hero - adventurer, gentleman, amateur, sportsman and decent chap - and a peculiarly British type of obsession - sport, the empire at play.

He travels to East Africa in the footsteps of Victorian explorers in search of the source of the Nile; to Khartoum in Sudan to tell the story of General Gordon - a half-crazed visionary who 'played the game' to the hilt; to Hong Kong where the British indulged their passion for horse racing by building a spectacular race course; and to Jamaica where the greatest imperial game of all - cricket - became a battleground for racial equality.

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1 hour

Last on

Mon 30 Apr 2012 01:45
BBC One except Wales


Role Contributor
PresenterJeremy Paxman
DirectorDavid Vincent
DirectorRobin Dashwood
Series ProducerJulian Birkett

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