The Birth of Empire: The East India Company

About this programme

Special version of the series, made especially for schools. Four hundred years ago a motley band of British merchants landed on the coast of India and founded a trading post to export goods to London and over the next 200 years, the business grew into a commercial titan. In this documentary, Dan Snow tells the story of the East India Company, which revolutionised the British lifestyle, sparked a new age of speculation and profit and inadvertently laid the foundations for the British empire.

Cast and crew


Dan Snow


Executive Producer
John Farren
Series Producer
Sarah Jobling