At the time of Queen Victoria’s birth in 1819, England was an agrarian society. Within a few short decades, this small island nation would be transformed into an industrial superpower, with an empire spanning the globe. Queen Victoria’s Empire is both the story of this remarkable time, and an engaging portrait of a Queen who ruled over one-fifth of the world’s population. It is the story of the influential figures that would shape a distinctively British imperialism: Gladstone, Disraeli, Livingstone, Rhodes and Prince Albert, Victoria’s husband. These figures would fuel an expansion unequalled in history, forever changing Britain and the lands it controlled.
Episode 1 – Engines of Change
Episode 2 – Passage to India
Episode 3 – The Moral Crusade
Episode 4 – The Scramble for Africa