DocuWatch on Facebook
Art America Britain History Science Societies War Shop
DocuWatch

Addicted to Pleasure
Addicted to Pleasure - Opium
Addicted to Pleasure - Whisky
Addicted to Pleasure - Sugar

Auld Dundee »

Description

Addicted to Pleasure

Revealing the rich and controversial past of sugar, alcohol, tobacco and opium, Hollywood actor Brian Cox embarks on a thought-provoking journey to uncover how the commercial exploitation of these products hooked the rest of the world on an appetite for a good time.

In this first episode, Brian wants to find out why (like millions of other Brits), he is a diabetic. Starting in Barbados, from which sugar cane fuelled a consumer revolution, Brian discovers how the British acquired a 'sweet tooth' and why today, this has led to epidemic levels of diabetes, obesity and even addiction to sugar.

In this second episode, actor Brian Cox travels to China to discover how the seeds of this modern-day addiction were planted during the height of Britain's trading empire. Since then opium has fuelled the world's largest drug-smuggling operation, earned vast fortunes, triggered war with China and inspired medical breakthroughs. Brian Cox reveals how Britain unleashed the most dangerous of addictions on the world, and how the consequences still haunt us today.

Growing up in the streets of Dundee, actor Brian Cox was surrounded by tobacco. His entire family either smoked it or chewed it and yet Brian reveals, he never took up the habit. To find out why not, Brian travels to Virginia in the US to discover how the habit of smoking kick-started the British Empire and created a global market of addicts. Brian discovers how manufacturers conspired to make cigarettes the optimal nicotine delivery system and that the Nazis were the first to make the link between smoking and lung cancer. Brian also takes a gene test which reveals just why he never took up the habit.

Whisky is a source of Scottish pride; it's one of the UK's few growth industries. In this last episode, actor Brian Cox reveals how whisky was born and shaped in opposition to the British tax system, and how that history forged the character of Scotland's national drink. But as he discovers, during the 19th century, addiction became a huge social problem with Scots drinking around six million gallons every year to escape the often unbearable conditions of their urban lives. The Scots reputation for hard drinking was born, an image Scotland struggles with to this day.

Tags

trade   tobacco   whiskey   drug           addiction   substance   opium   pleasure   dependency   heroin   whisky   sugar  

Other videos in channel "History Of Scotland":

Addicted to Pleasure Addicted to Pleasure Auld Dundee Auld Dundee Braveheart's Scotland Braveheart's Scotland
Castles Of Scotland Castles Of Scotland Creating The Kelpies Creating The Kelpies
Culloden Culloden Elizabeth - Queen of Scots Elizabeth - Queen of Scots Great Scotch Whisky Great Scotch Whisky
Highland Clans - Clan Campbell Highland Clans - Clan Campbell Highland Clans - Clan Fraser Highland Clans - Clan Fraser
Highland Clans - Clan MacDonald Highland Clans - Clan MacDonald Highland Clans - Clan MacGregor Highland Clans - Clan MacGregor Highland Clans - Clan Mackenzie Highland Clans - Clan Mackenzie
History Of Scotland - 01The Last Of The Free History Of Scotland - 01The Last Of The Free History Of Scotland - 02 Hammers Of The Scots History Of Scotland - 02 Hammers Of The Scots History Of Scotland - 03 Bishop Makes King History Of Scotland - 03 Bishop Makes King
History Of Scotland - 04 Language Is Power History Of Scotland - 04 Language Is Power History Of Scotland - 05 Project Britain History Of Scotland - 05 Project Britain History Of Scotland 06 - God's Chosen People History Of Scotland 06 - God's Chosen People
history Of Scotland 07 - Let's Pretend history Of Scotland 07 - Let's Pretend History Of Scotland 08 - The Price Of Progress History Of Scotland 08 - The Price Of Progress History Of Scotland 09 - This Land Is Our Land History Of Scotland 09 - This Land Is Our Land
History Of Scotland 10 - Project Scotland History Of Scotland 10 - Project Scotland Men of Rock Men of Rock Northern Islands Of Britain Northern Islands Of Britain
Robert Burns - The Peoples Poet Robert Burns - The Peoples Poet Rosslyn Chapel - A Treasure in Stone Rosslyn Chapel - A Treasure in Stone Scotland - The Edge Of The Land Scotland - The Edge Of The Land
Scotland Revealed Scotland Revealed Scotland: Rome's Final Frontier Scotland: Rome's Final Frontier Scotland's Clans Scotland's Clans
Scottish Independence Scottish Independence Thatcher & the Scots Thatcher & the Scots The Last Duel The Last Duel
The Men Who Own Scotland The Men Who Own Scotland The Picts The Picts The Story of Scotland - Before Scotland The Story of Scotland - Before Scotland
The Supreme Sacrifice The Supreme Sacrifice The Tower People of Shetland The Tower People of Shetland Watching Ourselves - 60 years of TV in Scotland Watching Ourselves - 60 years of TV in Scotland
Weir's Way Weir's Way William Wallace William Wallace  
Video channels
Videos in this channel
AdSense
Featured
Featured
Featured
Featured
Featured
Featured