Bonnie and Clyde is a History Documentary programme.

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Bonnie and Clyde

They lived fast, died young and they made beautiful corpses. Bonnie and Clyde combined a passionate love affair with a bloody crime spree, which ended in their death in a police trap, shot in their getaway car in 1934. The car in which they ended their lives - as well as the shirt that Clyde was wearing - is on display at Whiskey Pete's Casino in Primm, Nevada.

When Bonnie met Clyde she was already a divorcee. Married at 16, her husband had ended up in jail for murder. She shared with Clyde a bitterness with her lot in life and a desire for something more than Depression-era poverty and boredom.

Clyde Champion Barrow and Bonnie Parker formed the nucleus of the 'Barrow Gang', Robin Hood-style adventurers who terrorised the banks and storeowners of America's southwestern states during the Great Depression.

They had a flair for publicity, using a Kodak box camera to take photographs of themselves in self-conscious gangster-like poses - leaning against their car clutching a revolver and cigar. Bonnie, who was exceptionally gifted in this music department, wrote 'The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde' which famously ends thus:

Genre: History Documentary

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)