Beatrice Colin - The True Story Of Bonnie Parker

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How did a waitress from Cement City end up as one of America's most wanted criminals?

Having dropped out of high school and married at 16, the young Bonnie Parker is working as a waitress. Her life is about to change, when she meets Clyde Barrow.

Beatrice Colin's fresh look at the story of Bonnie and Clyde - using historical sources to illustrate how a series of often disastrous decisions led the former waitress from Cement City to end up as one of America's most-wanted criminals.

The press first celebrated and then reviled Bonnie Parker as her notoriety grew. Even during their lifetimes, the depiction of the couple in the press was at considerable odds with the reality of their life on the road. But most of all, this is about a doomed love affair, a 20th Romeo and Juliet, with guns.

Stars Melody Grove as Bonnie, Finn den Hertog as Clyde and Robin Laing as Mr Dove.

With Liam Brennan, James Anthony Pearson and Rosalind Sydney.

Director: Gaynor Macfarlane

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2013.