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Waterloo/Boney-Related Programmes On The Beeb 11 Jun 2015 03:45 #1

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Evidently the BBC has noticed Waterloo's 200th anniversary and is broadcasting the following programmes:

Napoleon
Three part "definitive history" by Andrew Roberts.
Wednesdays at 21.30 on BBC2
The first episode was shown on Wednesday 10th June, but it's being repeated on Tuesdays at 23.20, also on BBC2, so you can still catch the first episode.

Napoleon: the Man and the Myths
Andrew Roberts again (he's got a book out - Napoleon The Great).
Starting on Monday 15th June at 13.45, episodes continue each day through the week at the same time on Radio 4, concluding on Friday 19th June.

Drama: Waterloo: the Ball at Brussels
Wednesday 17th June at 14.15 on Radio 4.

There may well be other programmes elsewhere, and those I've mentioned will probably also be available through the BBC website thingy….

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Waterloo/Boney-Related Programmes On The Beeb 11 Jun 2015 05:07 #2

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(Slightly off topic)
On the subject of broadcasting, the really important news is that the new series (52 episodes it seems?) of The Clangers begins on Monday 15th June, on CBeebies at 17.30 each weekday.
I do hope it's not a disappointment.

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Waterloo/Boney-Related Programmes On The Beeb 11 Jun 2015 07:29 #3

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BBC2 also had a week or so ago "Wellington - The Iron Duke Unmasked". Not so much of military interest, but really interesting to understand Wellington's relationship with his wife and family. Highly recommended if you can find it on catch-up.
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Waterloo/Boney-Related Programmes On The Beeb 11 Jun 2015 16:54 #4

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One of the books I'm currently reading is Alessandro Barbero's The Battle - A History of the Battle of Waterloo (good, very readable).

By chance, I read Ralph's posting within minutes of finishing a chapter which mentioned that Wellington had spent the preceding weeks in Brussels in the "intimate company" of Lady Frances Webster, "a charming twenty-two-year-old, married to an officer in the Hussars who publicly betrayed her". How intimate she and the Duke were is disputed, she was eight months pregnant.

"… the preceding year, in Paris, Wellington had conducted one love affair with Giuseppina Grassini, a singer at the Opera, and another with Mademoiselle Georges, the most famous actress at the Comedie Francaise, both of whom had already passed through Napoleon's bed." (page 55 of the Atlantic paperback edition)

Victori spolia…

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Waterloo/Boney-Related Programmes On The Beeb 11 Jun 2015 17:55 #5

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Wellington got much better revues from the ladies in question as well, so beat Napoleon in bed as well as on the battlefield.
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Waterloo/Boney-Related Programmes On The Beeb 11 Jun 2015 21:17 #6

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Good call William. I had missed that one.

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