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Slavery Business, The (2 Parts)

Synopsis
The full story of Britain’s slave empire has been hidden for almost two centuries. These programmes tell of how slavery was brought to an end by the British people taking on the slave dynasties and winning.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2005
Year of production
2005
Availability
Out of distribution
Notes
Broadcast on BBC2 on 10/8/2005 and 17/8/2005
Subjects
History
Keywords
British Empire; slavery; social history; social reform; Wilberforce, William (1759-1833)

Online availability

URI
http://www.ouwcb.co.uk/viewerdefault.asp?CompID=12327&Baudrate=0
Price
£34.99
Delivery
Download

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£14.29
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
120 minutes
Year
2012

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Price
£145.00 each part
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
60 minutes each part
Year
2005

Sections

Title
Sugar Dynasty
Synopsis
A drama-documentary telling the story of the Beckford dynasty, one of the wealthiest of the families who ran Britain’s first global business - slavery. Using a unique set of family records, this video shows how the Beckfords ruthlessly ran their sugar plantations in Jamaica to wring vast profits out of their thousands of slaves. It also tells the story of how lavishly they spent their money back in Britain, in an attempt to join the aristocracy and how they eventually became embroiled in the sexual and financial scandals that would destroy them.
Duration
60 mins
Distributors ref
XA012/01V

Title
Breaking the Chains
Synopsis
This video tells the story of how slavery came to an end. William Wilberforce, the man who ended the slave trade is considered a hero today, but there’s another story that’s been hidden for 200 years. Although opposed to the slave trade, Wilberforce believed that the 800,000 slaves owned by the British should remain in chains. He regarded them as unfit for freedom. This programme uncovers the real heroes of the battle against slavery. They were radical political activists, many of them women; fiery evangelical preachers who worked amongst the slaves; and thousands of slaves themselves, who rose up in rebellion to break the chains of their own bondage.
Duration
60 mins
Distributors ref
XA012/02V

Production Company

Name

Open University

Sponsor

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

Canny Store

Web
https://cannystore.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 207440
Address
The Mansley Centre
Timothy’s Bridge Road
Stratford upon Avon
CV37 9NQ
Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
NB. As of May 2016 Open University Worldwide are no longer distributing DVDs. They have posted this message on their website: ‘Unfortunately Open University Worldwide Limited has decided that product sales are no longer viable given the reduced funding to Higher Education institutions and diminishing demand for the products we have traditionally stocked. At present the Open University Students Association (OUSA) will continue to sell the "Good Study Guide", and we are in discussion with other possible distributors to continue to make The Open University’s products available for purchase. As soon as we have any information on other channels of distribution we will update this notice’. Some products are still available via second hand dealers on Amazon.co.uk

Online Retailer

Name

Open University Bespoke DVD - Clips & Bits

Web
http://www.ouwcb.co.uk/index.html External site opens in new window

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