Preview – Portillo’s Empire Journey

Portillo Empire

Michael Portillo travels across the globe as he uncovers how a tiny island nation on the western fringes of Europe came to build the largest empire the world has ever seen in his new series, Empire Journey. 

This week, Michael arrives in South Africa to explore how the lure of riches led Britain into barbaric wars, dividing the country along racial lines. He visits the crumbling Fort Napier where battles were planned and executed against the Zulu people before going on to look at the rules devised by white minorities to subdue the native black population and why eventual conflict with the descendants of Dutch settlers – the Boers – was inevitable.

Portillo’s Empire Journey – Friday 9:00pm on Channel 5.