Betsy And Napoleon

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052005102120190816 (BBC7)
20190817 (BBC7)
1815, St Helena: how will Betsy fair when Napoleon has to leave the Balcombes' pavilion? Stars Alex Jennings.

Betsy Balcombe was 13 when Napoleon Bonaparte came to live in her garden on St Helena. The two forged an extraordinary relationship. Drawn from contemporary accounts, this drama by Julia Blackburn recreates the meeting of innocence and a great burden of experience.

As Betsy is the only one to speak French, she takes the role of intermediary between the Emperor and the islanders. But the Count de Las Cases does not trust her.

CAST:
Napoleon... Alex Jennings
Betsy... Michelle Tate
Balcombe... Ian McNeice
Las Cases... Rupert Wickham

Director Mary Ward Lowery

The story of the relationship between Napoleon and Betsy Balcombe

By Julia Blackburn.

Betsy Balcombe was 13 when Napoleon Bonaparte came to live in her garden. The two forged an extraordinary relationship in the first weeks of his incarceration on St Helena, Napoleon's last island. Drawn from contemporary accounts of the period, the drama recreates the meeting of innocence and a great burden of experience.

5/5. The move to Longwood looms like a premonition of death. Napoleon and Betsy play Blind Man's Buff but their frivolity must end soon.

Napoleon....Alex Jennings

Betsy....Michelle Tate

Balcombe....Ian McNeice

Las Cases....Rupert Wickham

Violinist Brian Hardy and directed by Mary Ward Lowery.

012005101720190812 (BBC7)
20190813 (BBC7)
By Julia Blackburn.
  • violinist....5. as napoleon's ship arrives at st helena, he dreads the scrutiny of the islanders and the thousands of soldiers sent to guard him. the next day he visits the island with his entourage, and arrives in the balcombes' garden. only betsy speaks french and so she takes the role of intermediary, but the emperors' aide, the count de las cases, does not trust her.
  • violinist....5. as napoleon's ship arrives at st helena, he dreads the scrutiny of the islanders and the thousands of soldiers sent to guard him. the next day he visits the island with his entourage, and arrives in the balcombes' garden. only betsy speaks french and so she takes the role of intermediary, but the emperors' aide, the count de las cases, does not trust her.

    napoleon

  • violinist....>balcombe... ian mcneice violinist....>betsy... michelle tate violinist....>las cases... rupert wickham

    director mary ward lowery

    the story of the relationship between napoleon and betsy balcombe

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  • violinist....>napoleon... alex jennings1/5.

    only betsy speaks french and so she takes the role of intermediary, but the emperors' aide, the count de las cases, does not trust her

  • 5. as napoleon's ship arrives at st helena, he dreads the scrutiny of the islanders and the thousands of soldiers sent to guard him. the next day he visits the island with his entourage, and arrives in the balcombes' garden. only betsy speaks french and so she takes the role of intermediary, but the emperors' aide, the count de las cases, does not trust her.

  • 1....alex jennings

    betsy

  • balcombe....ian mcneice
  • betsy balcombe was 13 when napoleon bonaparte came to live in her garden.

    the two forged an extraordinary relationship in the first weeks of his incarceration on st helena, napoleon's last island.

    drawn from contemporary accounts of the period, the drama recreates the meeting of innocence and a great burden of experience

  • betsy....michelle tate
  • director mary ward lowery
  • las cases....rupert wickham
  • napoleon....alex jennings
  • violinist brian hardy and directed by mary ward lowery
  • violinist....brian hardy

    by julia blackburn.

    betsy balcombe was 13 when napoleon bonaparte came to live in her garden. the two forged an extraordinary relationship in the first weeks of his incarceration on st helena, napoleon's last island. drawn from contemporary accounts of the period, the drama recreates the meeting of innocence and a great burden of experience.

    1815: betsy balcombe was 13 when the defeated napoleon bonaparte came to live in her garden on st helena. stars alex jennings.

    betsy balcombe was 13 when napoleon bonaparte came to live in her garden on st helena. the two forged an extraordinary relationship. drawn from contemporary accounts, this drama by julia blackburn recreates the meeting of innocence and a great burden of experience. as betsy is the only one to speak french, she takes the role of intermediary between the emperor and the islanders.

    cast:

  • 022005101820190813 (BBC7)
    20190814 (BBC7)
    Napoleon moves into the Balcombe's Pavilion.

    Surrounded by sycophants, he finds the young English girl's frankness amusing.

    Then Betsy goes too far and has to be punished.

    By Julia Blackburn.

    Betsy Balcombe was 13 when Napoleon Bonaparte came to live in her garden. The two forged an extraordinary relationship in the first weeks of his incarceration on St Helena, Napoleon's last island. Drawn from contemporary accounts of the period, the drama recreates the meeting of innocence and a great burden of experience.

    2/5. Napoleon moves into the Balcombe's Pavilion. Surrounded by sycophants, he finds the young English girl's frankness amusing. Then Betsy goes too far and has to be punished...

    Napoleon....Alex Jennings

    Betsy....Michelle Tate

    Balcombe....Ian McNeice

    Las Cases....Rupert Wickham

    Violinist Brian Hardy and directed by Mary Ward Lowery.

    1815, St Helena: moving into the Balcombe family's Pavilion can Napoleon contend with Betsy’s frankness? Stars Alex Jennings.

    Betsy Balcombe was 13 when Napoleon Bonaparte came to live in her garden on St Helena. The two forged an extraordinary relationship. Drawn from contemporary accounts, this drama by Julia Blackburn recreates the meeting of innocence and a great burden of experience. As Betsy is the only one to speak French, she takes the role of intermediary between the Emperor and the islanders. But the Count de Las Cases does not trust her.

    CAST:
    Napoleon... Alex Jennings
    Betsy... Michelle Tate
    Balcombe... Ian McNeice
    Las Cases... Rupert Wickham

    Director Mary Ward Lowery

    1815, St Helena: Napoleon moves into the Balcombe family's Pavilion.

    The story of the relationship between Napoleon and Betsy Balcombe

    Violinist Brian Hardy and directed by Mary Ward Lowery.

    032005101920190814 (BBC7)
    20190815 (BBC7)
    Betsy spends all her time at Napoleon's side, much to the irritation of the Count de Las Cases.

    By Julia Blackburn.

    Betsy Balcombe was 13 when Napoleon Bonaparte came to live in her garden. The two forged an extraordinary relationship in the first weeks of his incarceration on St Helena, Napoleon's last island. Drawn from contemporary accounts of the period, the drama recreates the meeting of innocence and a great burden of experience.

    3/5. Betsy spends all her time at Napoleon's side, much to the irritation of the Count de Las Cases.

    Napoleon....Alex Jennings

    Betsy....Michelle Tate

    Balcombe....Ian McNeice

    Las Cases....Rupert Wickham

    Violinist Brian Hardy and directed by Mary Ward Lowery.

    1815, St Helena: Betsy spends all her time at Napoleon's side, to the irritation of the Count de Las Cases. Stars Alex Jennings.

    Betsy Balcombe was 13 when Napoleon Bonaparte came to live in her garden on St Helena. The two forged an extraordinary relationship.

    Drawn from contemporary accounts, this drama by Julia Blackburn recreates the meeting of innocence and a great burden of experience. As Betsy is the only one to speak French, she takes the role of intermediary between the Emperor and the islanders. But the Count de Las Cases does not trust her.

    CAST:
    Napoleon... Alex Jennings
    Betsy... Michelle Tate
    Balcombe... Ian McNeice
    Las Cases... Rupert Wickham

    Director Mary Ward Lowery

    1815, St Helena: Betsy spends her time at Napoleon's side, to the irritation of others.

    The story of the relationship between Napoleon and Betsy Balcombe

    Violinist Brian Hardy and directed by Mary Ward Lowery.

    042005102020190815 (BBC7)
    20190816 (BBC7)
    Napoleon is hemmed in by boredom and the horror of his future as a prisoner.

    He finds diversion in teasing Betsy, but their closeness is hateful to Las Cases.

    Napoleon's entourage are further outraged by Betsy's relationship with the Emperor.

    By Julia Blackburn.

    Betsy Balcombe was 13 when Napoleon Bonaparte came to live in her garden. The two forged an extraordinary relationship in the first weeks of his incarceration on St Helena, Napoleon's last island. Drawn from contemporary accounts of the period, the drama recreates the meeting of innocence and a great burden of experience.

    4/5. Napoleon is hemmed in by boredom and the horror of his future as a prisoner. He finds diversion in teasing Betsy, but their closeness is hateful to Las Cases. Napoleon's entourage are further outraged by Betsy's relationship with the Emperor.

    Napoleon....Alex Jennings

    Betsy....Michelle Tate

    Balcombe....Ian McNeice

    Las Cases....Rupert Wickham

    Violinist....Brian Hardy

    Director Mary Ward Lowery.

    1815, St Helena: Napoleon contemplates his past and future. Can Betsy lighten his mood? Stars Alex Jennings.

    Betsy Balcombe was 13 when Napoleon Bonaparte came to live in her garden on St Helena. The two forged an extraordinary relationship.

    Drawn from contemporary accounts, this drama by Julia Blackburn recreates the meeting of innocence and a great burden of experience.
    As Betsy is the only one to speak French, she takes the role of intermediary between the Emperor and the islanders.

    But the Count de Las Cases does not trust her.

    CAST:
    Napoleon... Alex Jennings
    Betsy... Michelle Tate
    Balcombe... Ian McNeice
    Las Cases... Rupert Wickham

    Director Mary Ward Lowery

    The story of the relationship between Napoleon and Betsy Balcombe

    Director Mary Ward Lowery.

    05 LAST20051021The move to Longwood looms like a premonition of death.

    Napoleon and Betsy play Blind Man's Buff but their frivolity must end soon.

    By Julia Blackburn.

    Betsy Balcombe was 13 when Napoleon Bonaparte came to live in her garden. The two forged an extraordinary relationship in the first weeks of his incarceration on St Helena, Napoleon's last island. Drawn from contemporary accounts of the period, the drama recreates the meeting of innocence and a great burden of experience.

    5/5. The move to Longwood looms like a premonition of death. Napoleon and Betsy play Blind Man's Buff but their frivolity must end soon.

    Napoleon....Alex Jennings

    Betsy....Michelle Tate

    Balcombe....Ian McNeice

    Las Cases....Rupert Wickham

    Violinist Brian Hardy and directed by Mary Ward Lowery.