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Documentary series that examines the dismantlement of the British Empire and the effects of its legacy through the family stories of various British celebrities, each a 'child of the Empire'

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Documentary series that examines the dismantlement of the British Empire and the effects of its legacy through the family stories of various British celebrities, each a 'child of the Empire'

Series 1 Summary

The family stories of Diana Rigg, Shobna Gulati, David Steel, Chris Bisson, Jenny Eclair and Adrian Lester offer extraordinary insights into the diversity of Empire, and reveal how the post-Empire experiences of both colonisers and colonised shaped Britain's destiny in the second part of the 20th century.

  • Dame Diana Rigg

    Episode 1 - Dame Diana Rigg

    Dame Diana Rigg traces her early childhood in India in the final days of the British Raj and examines how the legacy of the British Empire has impacted on modern Britain.

  • Shobna Gulati

    Episode 2 - Shobna Gulati

    Actress Shobna Gulati travels back to Mumbai to visit her parents' birthplace and find out how her grandfather benefited from the end of the Raj, as Indians took over from the British.

  • Lord David Steel

    Episode 3 - Sir David Steel

    David Steel was 11 years old when his family lived in the turbulent heart of the British Empire in Kenya. More than 50 years on, David finds out how his father tried to change policies.

  • Chris Bisson

    Episode 4 - Chris Bisson

    Actor Chris Bisson was born in Manchester, but his roots lie in India. Here he uncovers the journey his Indian great-grandfather took as a labourer who was shipped around the Empire.

  • Jenny Eclair

    Episode 5 - Jenny Eclair

    Comedian Jenny Eclair's journey becomes one to the heart of darkness when she travels to Malaysia, the country where she was born 46 years ago, to explore her family's imperial past.

  • Adrian Lester

    Episode 6 - Adrian Lester

    Actor Adrian Lester travels to Jamaica to find out why his grandfather chose to immigrate to Britain in the 50s, in the series that examines the legacy of the British Empire.

Empire's Children synopsis

Documentary series that examines the dismantlement of the British Empire and the effects of its legacy through the family stories of various British celebrities, each a 'child of the Empire'

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