Raffles Revealed - S1E1: Great Expectations
Raffles Revealed is the untold story of Sir Stamford Raffles - high adventure, romance, conflict, tragedy and death. Presenter Dr Julian Davison follows his astonishing life around the world - from social climbing clerk in London to ambitious official in Penang and all-powerful governor of Java.
Raffles Revealed is a landmark series packed with adventure, intrigue, conflict and tragedy. Exploring the untold story of Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of modern Singapore, presenter Dr Julian Davison follows his footsteps around the world. We travel along the cobbled streets of London, the windswept mountains of Scotland, the steamy jungles of Sumatra, the sprawling temples of Java and the faded colonial glory of Penang. In Singapore we discover how Raffles used his cunning to establish a trading settlement, and his explosive fallout with old friend Major William Farquhar. Dr Julian hunts down long-lost documents to unravel the real Raffles - the man behind the legend. This series features rare archive materials, on-location filming at iconic world landmarks, and interviews with leading international experts. For the very first time on television we uncover Raffles' stunning triumphs, dark deeds, romances, tragedies, failures and glories. Hero or villain? Dr Julian reveals all.