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Making a Fortune

Episode 4 of 5

Jeremy Paxman continues his account of Britain's empire. He travels from Jamaica, where sugar made plantation owners rich on the backs of slaves, to Calcutta.

Jeremy Paxman continues his personal account of Britain's empire, looking at how the empire began as a pirates' treasure hunt, grew into an informal empire based on trade and developed into a global financial network. He travels from Jamaica, where sugar made plantation owners rich on the backs of African slaves, to Calcutta, where British traders became the new princes of India.

Jeremy then heads to Hong Kong, where British-supplied opium threatened to turn the Chinese into a nation of drug addicts - leading to the brutal opium wars, in which Britain triumphed and took the island of Hong Kong as booty.

Unfair trading helped spark the independence movement in India, led by Mahatma Gandhi; in a former cotton spinning town in Lancashire, Jeremy meets two women who remember Gandhi's extraordinary visit in 1931.

1 hour

Last on

Wed 17 Oct 2018 22:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Jeremy Paxman
Series Producer Julian Birkett
Executive Producer Basil Comely

Broadcasts

  • Mon 19 Mar 2012 21:00
  • Tue 20 Mar 2012 21:00
  • Sun 25 Mar 2012 22:25
  • Mon 7 May 2012 00:20
  • Tue 8 May 2012 00:45
  • Wed 17 Oct 2018 22:00