Empire (2012 TV series)
|Written by||Jeremy Paxman|
|Directed by||John Hay|
|Presented by||Jeremy Paxman|
|Theme music composer||Chris Nicolaides|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||5|
|Executive producers||Basil Comely (BBC)|
Catherine McCarthy (Open University)
|Running time||55–60 minutes|
|Production companies||The Open University, BBC productions CoProduction|
|Original release||27 February –|
26 March 2012
Empire is a 2012 BBC and Open University co-production, written and presented by Jeremy Paxman, charting the rise of the British Empire from the trading companies of India to the rule over a quarter of the world's population and its legacy in the modern world.
A book, Empire: What Ruling the World Did to the British, and a region 2 DVD Empire accompany the series.
The series was criticised by some for its handling of controversial material while trying to avoid offense to numerous stakeholders and audiences. Associate editor of The Guardian, Michael White, said that "the structure of the programme was ramshackle" and he found the narrative to be "episodic and superficial". He said that Paxman "was diffident charm itself", as opposed to treating "the former subjects of empire with his customary ... abrasiveness". 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".
Stuart Jeffries, also for The Guardian, offered similar views, concluding that "Jeremy Paxman fails to argue strongly enough".
- "BBC One - Empire". BBC. Retrieved 23 March 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- White, Michael (28 February 2012). "Jeremy Paxman's Empire: a wasted chance we need to take". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 March 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Stuart Jeffries (27 February 2012). "TV review: Empire; David Hockney: The Art of Seeing | Television & radio". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 March 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)