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Napoleon and Love 

A dramatized account of Napoleon's (Sir Ian Holm's) love life and his many women. From first love, marriage, and betrayal with Josephine (Billie Whitelaw), liaisons with actresses, his love... See full summary »








Series cast summary:
Ian Holm ...  Napoleon 9 episodes, 1974
Billie Whitelaw ...  Josephine 8 episodes, 1974
Peter Bowles ...  Capt. Murat 8 episodes, 1974
Ronald Hines ...  Berthier 7 episodes, 1974
Peter Jeffrey ...  Talleyrand 7 episodes, 1974
Sorcha Cusack ...  Hortense 5 episodes, 1974
Edward de Souza ...  Joseph Bonaparte 5 episodes, 1974
Veronica Lang Veronica Lang ...  Mme. de Remusat 5 episodes, 1974
John White John White ...  Constant 5 episodes, 1974
Peter Blythe ...  Duroc 4 episodes, 1974
Tim Curry ...  Eugene 4 episodes, 1974
Janina Faye ...  Caroline 4 episodes, 1974
Catherine Schell ...  Marie Walewska 4 episodes, 1974
T.P. McKenna ...  Barras 3 episodes, 1974
Christopher Neame ...  Capt. Junot 3 episodes, 1974
John Welsh ...  Corvisart 3 episodes, 1974
Wendy Allnutt ...  Madame Tallien 2 episodes, 1974
Tony Anholt ...  Capt. Charles 2 episodes, 1974
Jeffrey Celebi Jeffrey Celebi ...  Roustan 2 episodes, 1974
Gary Waldhorn ...  Caulaincourt 2 episodes, 1974
Susan Wooldridge ...  Marie-Louise 2 episodes, 1974


A dramatized account of Napoleon's (Sir Ian Holm's) love life and his many women. From first love, marriage, and betrayal with Josephine (Billie Whitelaw), liaisons with actresses, his love for the beautiful patriotic Marie Walewska (Catherine Schell), and his second marriage to Austrian Marie-Louise (Susan Wooldridge), all the time seeking an heir, and building an empire. There are nine fifty-minute episodes. Written by Kathy Li

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The life and loves of Napoleon Bonaparte.


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Did You Know?


Sir Ian Holm also played Napoleon Bonaparte in Time Bandits (1981) and The Emperor's New Clothes (2001). See more »


Spoofed in Time Bandits (1981) See more »

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Absolutely brilliant performance by Ian Holm
21 March 2008 | by mlumiereSee all my reviews

I saw this on PBS here in the U.S. around 1976, and was blown away by the sheer brilliance and subtlety of Ian Holm's performance as Napoleon. Probably the best performance I've ever seen, and I don't say that lightly. At the very least, it ranks in the top five I've seen from any actor, male or female. Billie Whitelaw is superb as Josephine, as well.

The entire production is magnificent, without being overdone - the script, direction, art direction, costuming, all done with wonderful intelligence, restraint, subtlety, grace. Just wonderful!

It's such a shame that this (and many other British made for TV productions from the 70s - see my review of "Hedda Gabler" with Janet Suzman (another performance in my top five of all time)) is not available on DVD. If anyone connected with the production is reading this, and has any influence in the matter, please release it on DVD. It is a production, and especially, a performance, that deserves to be seen by all!!

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Release Date:

5 March 1974 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

De liefdes van Napoleon See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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(9 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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