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The British

  • 2012
  • Season 1
  • 7 episodes
  • Documentary

Summary

As premiered on Sky Atlantic. The history of the British as you've never seen it before.

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Episode 5: Superpower

Summary

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.

Review

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.

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ContributorJessie J
ContributorLily Cole
ContributorDougray Scott

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  • Episode 5

    Superpower

    - , Sky Atlantic

    Summary

    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.

    Review

    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.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour | HD | SUB | WIDE | AD

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    ContributorJessie J
    ContributorLily Cole
    ContributorDougray Scott
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