British History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley

The Jewel in the Crown

Series 1 - Episode 3 The Jewel in the Crown



The final instalment of Lucy Worsley's dissection of our (at times whitewashed) history might be her best, as she takes a look at the British government coup to take over the rule of India from the Honourable East India Company. In the 19th century, Queen Victoria was hailed as an empress, overseeing the problematically named “civilising” revolution to bestow “Christianity, education and progress” on India - while the East India Company was considered to have disrespected the country's religions and plundered its riches.

It's a fascinating, gripping story, delivered by Worsley - in India - with her trademark excitement and charm.


Historian Lucy Worsley explores how in 1873 the British government enacted a coup to take over the rule of India from the huge and influential Honourable East India Company. The leaders of the company were presented as the villains, while Queen Victoria was elevated to the role of wise and benevolent Empress. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Lucy Worsley
Director Nick Gillam-Smith
Executive Producer Chris Granlund
Series Producer Nick Gillam-Smith