The British

Series 1 - 5. Superpower

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Radio Times
Review by:
Claire Webb

The fifth episode of this ambitious series gallops through the 18th and 19th centuries. One moment Captain Cook is stumbling upon the shores of New South Wales; the next we’re in the thick of the Industrial Revolution and Crimean War. Swashbuckling dramatisations are knitted together with musings from a mishmash of celebrities — among them Tracey Emin, Dougray Scott, Jessie J and supermodel Lily Cole.

About this programme

5/7. The expansion of Britain's empire through exploration and invention as the Industrial Revolution transformed society and the economy - though the rise of mechanised factories was not welcomed by all. The programme also explores the colonisation of Australia and the advances in 19th-century technology that turned the Crimean War into one of the most brutal conflicts in military history. With contributions by Jessie J, Lily Cole and Dougray Scott.

Cast and crew


Jessie J
Lily Cole
Dougray Scott