Queen Victoria's Empire

About the Show

A four-part series outlining the development of the British Empire during the reign of Queen Victoria. Beginning with the birth of Queen Victoria, this episode explores the changes brought to Britain by the Industrial Revolution. By the 1840s, urban migration has created overcrowding and extremes in pollution and poverty. However, British subjects remain loyal to their queen. Prince Albert, Victoria's husband, becomes a guiding force in the monarchy. Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone, political stars with starkly contrasting visions of empire, turn the nation's attention abroad. Part 1 of 4.