JEREMY PAXMAN THE VICTORIANS EPISODES

While White also found “the photography pretty as always”, he concluded that “the overall effect was curiously patronising, serving to reinforce the impression that the great man was basically on a jolly and going through the motions”. Terry Jones hosts this series that looks at the real facts about the Middle Ages and its roots. Empire TV Mini-Series But it is a flimsy and unimportant book that trips through its material at Autocue pace and offers no semblance of deeper insight into the real issues of art. Confronted by a politician, Paxman would have probed for the truth. But no, he was diffident charm itself as he chatted to a string of upper-class Indians and Egyptians in their palace or croquet club, plus a Bedouin of indeterminate social status by his fireside under a desert sky at night. And huge social uncertainties are driving this Victorian descent into cosmic turmoil. Gullibility is a surprising weakness to find in a Paxman text.

Views Read Edit View history. Paxo would ask in a desultory way, usually getting a negative response except from the Maharaja , but without trying very hard to make the counter-case that thereby went by default. There would also have been fewer canals or railways — just as colonial Britain “Britain was Rome’s Afghanistan,” says naughty Cambridge professor Mary Beard plunged into post-imperial disorder after the legions went home but lived off its Roman roads for 1, years. You need more than pretty pictures and Paxo strolling about in a blazer and open-necked shirt to justify an hour of prime-time TV. The amusing revelation that despite painting the domestic bliss at his own dinner table, Frith was actually running two households simultaneously, and had fathered 20 children, ought surely to have prompted a further exploration of Victorian hypocrisy. Colonies across Africa achieved independence from Britain.

The Victorians — 8. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Paxman himself has complained noisily about the trivialisation of television, yet here he is promoting sugary Victorian visions of childhood and trotting happily through the history of fairy painting without acknowledging the simple truth that a lousy painting is as worthless episores a lousy soap opera.

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Paxman relates how a desire for conquest developed into a mission to improve mankind in other places, especially in Africa, by introducing benefits of British society and education. The presenter has to know stuff and, preferably, have a point of view.

I mean, I know it’s only telly, but you can’t talk about British atrocities after the relief there were two of the residency of Lucknow seige in without a passing reference to the earlier massacre of British men, women and children at Cawnpore.

Perhaps it would make better TV if pinko Paxo and rightwing telly-don Niall Ferguson, a famously clever and combative Scot champion of empire, should make such programmes together so that licence-payers can benefit rather more from the stimulating clash of views the format would guarantee.

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The territory was eipsodes by small numbers of colonial officials, the District Officersand he argues that this created the basis of apartheid imposed in by an Afrikaaner-dominated government.

He travels to Indiawhere local soldiers and local maharajahs helped a handful of British traders to take over vast areas of land.

Written and presented by English broadcaster, journalist, and author Jeremy Paxman, this richly detailed documentary follows the rise of the British Empire. By chance I stumbled eposodes an episode of The Ascent of Ma somewhere on the golden oldie channels recently. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin.

And huge social uncertainties are driving this Victorian descent into cosmic turmoil. From knock-out performances to Green Book scooping up the night’s top prize, relive the best moments from this year’s Oscars.

In a publicity article he wrote for the Telegraph last week he sounded quite positive about the imperial project — hey, it’s the Telegraph — but that didn’t come across last night. Clever commentators like Paxman and Andrew Marr, who is also making this kind of programme on his day off, are always interesting, but I’m not sure they know enough about a specialist subject to do the biz.

The overall effect was curiously patronising, serving to reinforce the impression that the great man was basically on a jolly and going through the motions.

Made in 13 episodes by the remarkable intellectual Jacob Bronowski for the BBC of the s, it was alas far superior, most of what I catch today. Tuesday 26 February Paxo played with the theme, let’s hope he explores it further in future episodes — and tries to explain how uncertainty about British identity — specifically English identity — are a legacy of empire.

In Victorian Britain tne inter-racial mixing became victoriwns, especially as more British women began to settle in the colony and form families with British colonials.

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Hurt did an excellent if slightly hammy job. Britain through the paintings of the age by Jeremy”. Didn’t the Vivtorians empire do any good? Why is it not recognisable in these?

Fact is that, as usual, there was good and bad, heroism and sacrifice, greed and pasman — much as there would have been if no British soldier’s boot had touched the local soil. What is it about art that makes every Tom, Dick and Jeremy so certain they have the right to comment upon it and be taken seriously?

A flood of Christian missionaries followed him and founded schools, one of which today has pupils. I wish there were or will be more of these episodes.

Jeremy Paxman trashes the Raj and scorns Queen Victoria”. But nothing from Paxman himself ever felt learned, or original. Gullibility is a surprising weakness to find paxmxn a Paxman text. Out of the 51 baroque churches that Christopher Wren built in London, not one survived the Victorian era with its interior intact.

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Their naval expertise supported an informal empire based on trade and developed into a global financial network. A History of Britain — The problem arose from the central idea of the four-part series: But he did say it in the smart 18th century HQ of the Madras Regiment in the company of a young officer perfectly happy that the regiment’s battle honours are half-British. Written by Victor. Come on, Jeremy, tell us something we didn’t know, preferably something Roman and Persian imperialists didn’t know 2, years ago.

Use the HTML below. In South AfricaPaxman tells the story of Cecil Rhodesa maverick with a different sort of mission, who believed in the white man’s right to rule the world and took vast swathes of land for the Victoians Empire. It is not enough.

Confronted by a Frith painting, he happily trusts the damn victorianw. Paxman looks at how the empire began as a pirates’ treasure hunt.

Paxman’s Victorians launches with more than 4m”. Retrieved from ” https: Next week, Paxman promises us the Chinese opium wars and the Atlantic slave trade.

Jeremy Paxman, presenter of the BBC’s current affairs program Newsnight examines the life and times of the Victorian era. Retrieved 17 February Well, that’s true of some British imperialists as it is today of some Americans and a slowly emerging tendency do I mean re-emerging? But now that the British empire is safely in its grave — for almost 50 years now — it’s time we got a better grip on it, instead of being torn between Telegraph-esque sentimentality, snarling leftie loathing and the faint embarrassment can that really have been Grandpa patrolling the Suez canal?

The amusing revelation that despite painting the domestic bliss at his own dinner table, Frith was actually running two households simultaneously, and had fathered 20 children, ought surely to have prompted a further exploration of Victorian hypocrisy.

Paxman continues his story of Britain’s empire by looking at how traders, conquerors and settlers spread the British way of life around the world by creating a very British home. He was very nice to a former Jewish terrorist, the unapologetic old lady who helped kill 91 people in Jerusalem’s King David Hotel and was still proud of it.