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At the height of its power there was a popular saying that the sun never set on the British Empire. It was the largest Empire in history and was the world’s foremost global power for over a century. In 1922, the British Empire ruled over a quarter of the world’s population, comprising 458 million people.
Yet despite being history’s largest Empire at the start of the 20th century, the British Empire today is a shadow of its former self, with just 14 nations remaining under British sovereignty. What happened in those intervening years to cause the break-up of this once mighty realm? In the following three programmes we examine the factors that led to the British Empire dissolving. From the impact of the two World Wars to Gandhi’s role in securing India’s independence in 1947 and the damaging Suez Crisis, rarely seen footage from the Movietone archives provides a unique insight into The Fall of the British Empire.