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So here's a corrective. Not that this small-bore immersion in truth is going to make a dent on the millions of dollars being raked in by the producers of DA. Self-delusion and escapism are powerful intoxicants. But who knows, it may open the eyes of a few who in turn may help others put these blatant manipulations in their proper perspective, particularly the notion that wage slavery or servitude in general are things of the past. And by the way, don't you think that the worst kind of snob is the servants who embrace the values of their masters? I think it's called self-enslavement. —VR
Presenter: Pamela Cox Executive Producer: Emma Hindley Series Producer: Annabel Hobley
This part of the story looks at how servants began to organise against the class system. Although the documentary is dispelling the romantic view of servitude offered by some popular television series it does feel as though it may be tip toeing around the title topic of 'Class War'. For example, one might think the publishing of Das Kapital in English in 1887 might have been worth a mention. It is great though at presenting a view of female class struggle, a topic which too often goes without attention.
The third and final part in this BBC documentary series about servants in Britain. This episode looks at how World War I and worker organisation empowered servants to demand dignity and improved working conditions from the owning classes.