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The British Empire: Echoes of Britannia's Rule


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An Imperial story in 13 parts 12 : The Long Farewell
Even in the early Victorian era. idealistic Britons foresaw that one day India would be capable of self-government. The British themselves fostered Indian political aspirations. In 1885 a Scots-man, Allan Octavian Hume , founded the Congress movement. The Great War of 1914-18 proved the turning point. Indians felt they had won their title to nationhood on the battlefield.
British concessions were never big enough to satisfy Indian leaders like Gandhi and Nehru and the British were soon locked in a fierce struggle with the nationalists.
To get themselves out of India after the Second World War, the British chose as their last viceroy the kind of single-minded man of action who had got them there in the first place - a Robert Clive in reverse -Lord Louis Mountbatten. Narrated by Robert Hardy
Series editor MAX MORGAN-WITTS Script editor GORDON WATKINS Title music composed by WILFRED JOSEPHS
Conducted by MARCUS dods
Music composed and conducted by ALFRED RALSTON
Film editor TONY TEW
A BBCtv/Time-Life co-production


Unknown: Allan Octavian Hume
Unknown: Robert Clive
Unknown: Lord Louis Mountbatten.
Editor: Gordon Watkins
Composed By: Wilfred Josephs
Conducted By: Marcus Dods
Conducted By: Alfred Ralston
Editor: Tony Tew
Producer: Michael Weigall

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The British Empire: Echoes of Britannia's Rule

BBC One London, 28 March 1972 21.20

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