5, Rue Sésame
|5, Rue Sésame|
|Created by||Based on a concept by Joan Ganz Cooney, with Jim Henson|
|Country of origin||France|
|No. of episodes||75|
|Running time||26 minutes per episode|
|Original channel||France 5|
|Original release||22 October 2005 – 21 December 2007|
5, Rue Sésame is a French language children's television series based on the popular U.S. children's show Sesame Street, aired by France 5. This series is the second Sesame Workshop co-production for France, the first being 1, rue Sesame.
Seventy-five 26-minute-long episodes were created for the first season, directed by François Basset and Jul Mallard. The series is produced for France 5 by Expand-Drama with Sesame Workshop. Executive producer of the series is Georges Campana. The show debuted airing daily, Sunday to Friday at 6:30 am, and Saturdays at 7:00 am and 12:30 pm.
Terry Fitzpatrick, Sesame Workshop's executive VP for distribution:
- "France has always been a priority market for Sesame Workshop. We first provided local programming and licensed products in the 1970s, and have since seen the preschool media landscape evolve tremendously. We are excited to be re-entering the French market with two of the strongest partners in the television business — France's number one preschool broadcaster and the most innovative production company — to deliver compelling educational television that serves the needs of today's children."
For the most part, characters in 5, Rue Sésame are unique to the series.
- Nac (performed by Régis Fassier) — Gentle, positive and generous, he is a 2.2-meter (7.2 ft) monster. Nac is considered to be the program's "mascot".
- Griotte (performed by Evelyne Scheigam) — A Lavendar Anything Muppet girl. She is a handicap, but still participates with all the activities in the Street. Griotte's name can be literally translated as Morello cherry. She is similar in design to Roxie Marie from Sesame Street.
- Yoyo (performed by Yves Brunier) — He is fearful, super hyperemotional but even more anxious monster. Yoyo has a heart of gold and its qualities are very attaching. He is a live-hand variation of Narf from Sesame Street.
- Olive (performed by Charlie Bazire) — A green furry monster. Naughty, fearless, giggles and grins: Olive is all that at once! She has a similar design as Karina the Ballerina from Sesame Street.
- Elmo (performed by Christophe Albertini) — Three-and-a-half years old, he is the youngest character in the series. Originally from the American version.
- Georges (performed by Richard Sandra) — Georges is a penguin who arrived on Rue Sésame inside an ice cube. A likeable character, he made friends with the rest of the Rue's residents.
- Titouan (portrayed by Florent Moriniere) — A retired man is considered to be a "true modern dad".
- Baya (portrayed by Myriam Loucif) — A female baker. Her good mood and her generosity gives the street a lot of confidence.
- Juliette (portrayed by Chloe Stefanni) — This young student works as a newsstand manager in the street.
The show follows the original Sesame Street format, in which the extended storyline (known as "a Street scene") continues throughout the show, in four parts.
Each episode includes a 1:30 segment featuring sign language, exercise segments around the country, and Le monde de Nac, which uses the international films from the American Global Grover series. La lettre du jour (Letter of the Day) with Cookie Monster and Prairie Dawn is dubbed and shown on 5, Rue Sésame, as well as Le chiffre du jour (Number of the Day), with Comte von Compte (Count von Count).