4 Extra Debut. 1815: Betsy Balcombe was 13 when the defeated Napoleon Bonaparte came to live in her garden on St Helena. Stars Alex Jennings.
1815: 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.
Napoleon ... Alex Jennings
Betsy ... Michelle Tate
Balcombe ... Ian McNeice
Las Cases ... Rupert Wickham
Director: Mary Ward Lowery
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2005.
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