The Making of Modern Britain
02 - The Road to War
Andrew Marr continues his rollicking account of the early 20th century, placing the era as a time of seeming innocence captured in children's classics such as The Wind in the Willows. But we shouldn't be fooled: "Edwardian Britain has been covered by a golden, dappled glow," Marr tells us, reclining in a punt on a golden, dappled river. Yet "Dark, angry storm clouds were brewing." The big storm was the First World War, but before that there were other rumblings - dockers' strikes and battles over women's suffrage. The jittery archive clip of Emily Wilding Davison running in front of the king's horse at Epsom is shocking to watch.