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Logo of Caméra Café, French version.
|Created by||Bruno Solo
Yvan Le Bolloc'h
Yvan Le Bolloc'h
|Country of origin||France|
|No. of episodes||700 (list of episodes)|
|Camera setup||Single camera|
|Running time||7 minutes|
|Original network||M6 (France)
Italia 1 and Rai 2 (Italy)
|Original release||September 2001 – December 2003|
Caméra Café is a French-born concept of comedy television series exported around the world. Two movie spin-offs have been made in France under the titles of Espace détente and Le Séminaire. It was originally a French television show created by Bruno Solo, Yvan Le Bolloc'h, and Alain Kappauf and it was broadcast from September 2001 to December 2003 on the M6 channel.
700 episodes of 3 minutes each have been produced and were broadcast again on M6 in 2004. The show revolves around a dysfunctional office. Its originality stems from the fact that, within the fiction, the camera is fixed into the automated coffee machine of the office space.
The title is a French pun on "Caméra Cachée", (literally "hidden camera", or Candid Camera for the related TV show).
- Catherine Benguigui
- Chantal Lauby
- Denis Ménochet
- Dominique Pinon
- Édith Scob
- Gustave Kervern
- Isabelle Candelier
- Jean-Paul Rouve
- Kad Merad
- Laurent Lafitte
- Lionel Abelanski
- Raphaël Lenglet
Caméra Café has seen great export success, having been adapted in:
- Republic of Ireland (2002–2003)
- Quebec (2002–), features a Gender-neutral toilet in the background
- Greece (2002)
- Italy (2003–)
- Poland (2004)
- Spain (2005–2009)
- Portugal (2006–)
- Philippines (2007–2009)
- Indonesia (2008-)
- Chile (2008)
- Switzerland/ Belgium (2008-)
- La Réunion, the show is both in Créole and French, depending on the origins of the characters.
- Colombia (2008-)
- Vietnam (2010-)
- Tunisia (2013) Camera Cafe Tunisie Officiel
- Turkey (2009-2010)
- Morocco (2010-) the show is both in Darija and French, depending on the characters.
- Algeria (2012-)
- Cambodia (2012)
- Romania (2015-)
The length of an episode varies on the locale. In Quebec, where the shorter format is less prevalent than in France, episodes are 30 minutes long, commercials included (inversely, the Quebec show Un gars, une fille, originally half an hour long, was reduced to 9 minutes in its French version). Italy kept the 7 minute format and Spain chose a four- to six-minute format.
- List of French television series
- List of Quebec television series
- List of Quebec television series imports and exports
- Culture of France
- Are local viewers ready for ‘Camera Café’?, Philippine Daily Inquirer, March 2, 2007
- "Movie links for Caméra café (2001)" on the Internet Movie Database, retrieved on September 10, 2006
- "Dans le monde", on the official French Caméra Café website, retrieved on September 10, 2006
- "SBT official site"
- In Quebec, for example, a typical episode pulls approximately 1,061,000 viewers in a population of seven and a half million people, according to Le Soleil.
- "Qui formera le nouveau duo de Caméra café ?" by Richard Therrien, Le Soleil, November 3, 2005, retrieved September 9, 2006
- Official website of the Réunion version on the Internet Archive, retrieved from the February 28, 2005 archive
- Caracol TV, Cámara Café llega para alegrar nuestras noches, 13 November 2008, retrieved 15 November 2008