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Directed by: Diane Perelsztejn
Produced by: Diane Perelsztejn & Co


By the middle of the 19th century, the West had become totally enchanted with a heady new brew: tea. But, China held the monopoly on its trade and manufacture, which it fiercely guarded for more than 5000 years. The British Empire sought to change that, by mounting one of the most audacious espionage missions the world had ever seen: to steal the secret of tea from Imperial China. The man they entrusted with this mission was Robert Fortune, a 36 year old Scottish botanist. (NFSA,

Year: 2002
Category: Documentaries
Country of origin: Australia, France, Belgium