Saturday, June 28, 2008

British Empire in Colour (Ep.3 - Part 1)

The British Empire in Colour examines the history and experience of the British Empire, from the perspectives of both the rulers and the ruled, using original colour archive film — much of which had never previously been seen — together with personal letters and diary extracts in order to capture the many complexities and contradictions of life in the British Empire.

The third part of the series “Legacy” begins with the coronation of Elizabeth II, an event that signaled a new era, as the old imperial Empire transformed into the new multi-racial Commonwealth of nations. As emigrants flee the hardship of post-war Britain, tempted by the promise of Australian and Canadian riches, West Indian immigrants flood into Britain.