The colonial hangover
Veteran comedians Anuvab Pal and Andy Zaltzman have come together once again, this time for a radio show on the British channel BBC 4. Empire-cal Evidence, which was recorded both in London and Kolkata, delves into the remains of the British Empire in the two cities with the first episode already on air in London. Speaking of how the novel show came to be, Pal told this diarist, “I was struck by how similar the buildings were in Indian cities, like Bombay and Kolkata, to London. And I took the idea to Zaltsman [of the famed Bugle podcast] to see if we could trace the history of these buildings and the people in it, as a way to understand how the British came and built in India, and especially in Kolkata. So, the show traces the history of the British empire from the places that remain, starting with the docks in London from where the ships sailed to Victoria memorial in Calcutta.”
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