Prime Video
  1. Your account
Channel logo


Season 1
With access to a unique archive of personal letters, historian Andrew Roberts brings the story of Napoleon vividly to life. As he retraces the footsteps of the legendary leader, he sheds new light on Napoleon as an extraordinarily gifted military commander and mesmeric leader, whose private life was, contrary to popular belief, littered with disappointments and betrayals.
20153 episodes
Free trial of BBC Select


  1. S1 E1 - Thirst for Power
    June 9, 2015
    From a lowly Corsican Army officer to first consul of France, the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte was extraordinary. Historian Andrew Roberts charts Napoleon's military triumphs in Italy, Egypt and against anti-revolutionaries on the streets of Paris. But perhaps his greatest triumph was leadership of the military coup of 1799 that swept him to ultimate power.
    Free trial of BBC Select
  2. S1 E2 - Global Ambitions
    June 16, 2015
    It's 1805 and Napoleon is already French Emperor. He was then crowned King of Italy and reached the height of his power. Historian Andrew Roberts charts the transformation of a political leader of the French to Emperor and global statesman. From a son of the French Revolution to the most powerful man on the planet who would change world history forever.
    Free trial of BBC Select
  3. S1 E3 - Revenge and Ruin
    June 23, 2015
    In 1815, Napoleon was taken to the remote island of St Helena, a prisoner of the British. It had taken just a year for the monarchies of Europe to destroy him. Historian Andrew Roberts charts the fall of Napoleon, a key defining moment in global history. As he sought to defend France against her enemies, he made grave military misjudgments that were to hasten his downfall.
    Free trial of BBC Select


More info

Audio languages
English [CC]
David BarrieDavid Notman-Watt
By clicking play, you agree to our Terms of Use.