Series 1 - Episode 5 Superpower



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.


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 & Crew

Contributor Jessie J
Contributor Lily Cole
Contributor Dougray Scott