Queen Victoria's Empire: Season 1, Episode 2

Passage to India (2001)

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Colonization and its dangers...
16 May 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the first in a mini-series of four films about the reign of Queen Victoria. It's narrated by Donald Sutherland and is a quality production throughout.

"Passage to India" is mostly about the spread of the British empire as well as the many problems that resulted. First, the British involvement in the Crimean War was discussed as well as its importance to the colonies in India. Apparently, Albert's call for peace made him very unpopular at home, as the British people were raring for a fight with Russia. Second, the film discusses India. After conquering India, things weren't always smooth. In 1857, a rebellion began (spurred on, in part, by animal fat believe it or not!) and some Brits in India were massacred. The British soon prevailed--and unleashed terror that made Victoria and Albert regret their actions. The episode ended on a very low note--with the early death of Albert. Victoria's reaction and its effect on the Empire will be discussed in part three.

Like part one, this is once again a quality production throughout. Fascinating, well made and well worth seeing.

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