The Victorians

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The Victorians
series titles within a picture frame
Genre Culture
Developed by BBC
Written by Jeremy Paxman
Directed by John Hay
Presented by Jeremy Paxman
Composer(s) Chris Nicolaides
John Chilton
Peter Linlor
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 4
Executive producer(s) Basil Comely
Producer(s) John Hay
Production location(s) United Kingdom
Cinematography Mike Garner
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) BBC Television
Distributor BBC
Original network BBC One
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format 5.1 Surround Sound
Original release 15 February (2009-02-15) – 8 March 2009 (2009-03-08)

The Victorians - Their Story In Pictures is a 2009 British documentary series which focuses on Victorian art and culture.[1] The four-part series is written and presented by Jeremy Paxman and debuted on BBC One at 9:00pm on Sunday 15 February 2009.[2]


Number Title Original airdate Details
1 Painting the Town 15 February 2009 Jeremy Paxman investigates the most dramatic development of the Victorian age: cities
2 Home Sweet Home 22 February 2009 An exploration of the Victorian home
3 Having It All 1 March 2009 How railways, factories, and military might made Britain the richest country in the world.
4 Dreams and Nightmares 8 March 2009 How artists led a revolt against Victorian values of morality.


A book written by Paxman was published to accompany the series titled The Victorians: Britain Through the Paintings of the Age.[3][4] In his introduction, Paxman acknowledged that the Irish writer Neil Hegarty had played a significant role in editing the book and bringing it to completion. Paxman was praised by academics and figures in the publishing industry for acknowledging Hegarty's substantial contribution. In the book, Paxman wrote that all television is a collaborative exercise, "so it is rather silly for this book - which accompanies a television series - to appear with only one name on the cover."[5]

A region 2 DVD two disc set The Victorians was released 15 June 2009.


  1. ^ Midgley, Neil (8 August 2008). "Paxman to interrogate the Victorians for BBC1". London: Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  2. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (16 February 2009). "TV ratings: Paxman's Victorians launches with more than 4m". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  3. ^ "Review of The Victorians: Britain Through the Paintings of the Age by Jeremy Paxman". London: Times Online. 8 February 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  4. ^ "The Victorian's: Britain through the paintings of the age by Jeremy". Evening Standard. 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  5. ^ Flood, Alison (20 March 2009). "Jeremy Paxman too busy to finish his own bestseller". London: The Guardian.

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