Clochemerle (TV series)

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Based on Clochemerle
by Gabriel Chevallier
Written by
Directed by Michael Mills
Narrated by Peter Ustinov
Composer(s) Alan Roper
Country of origin
  • UK
  • West Germany
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 9
Producer(s) Michael Mills
Production location(s) France
Cinematography James Balfour
  • Geoffrey Botterill
  • Christopher Rowlands
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s)
Audio format Monaural
Original release 18 February (1972-02-18) – 14 April 1972 (1972-04-14)

Clochemerle is a 1972 BBC television serial based on the novel of the same name, with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the text. Filmed on location in France, it starred Roy Dotrice, Wendy Hiller, Cyril Cusack, Kenneth Griffith, Cyd Hayman, Bernard Bresslaw, Hugh Griffith, Micheline Presle, Madeline Smith, Christian Roberts, Nigel Green, Wolfe Morris and Gordon Rollings, with narration by Peter Ustinov.


No. in
TitleOriginal air date
1"The Magnificent Idea of Barthelemey Piechut, the Mayor"18 February 1972 (1972-02-18)
2"The Triumphant Inauguration of a Municipal Amenity"25 February 1972 (1972-02-25)
3"The Spirited Protest of Justine Putet"3 March 1972 (1972-03-03)
4"The Awful Awakening of Claudius Brodequin"10 March 1972 (1972-03-10)
5"The Painful Infliction of Nicholas the Beadle"17 March 1972 (1972-03-17)
6"The Scandalous Outcome of a Night of Destruction"24 March 1972 (1972-03-24)
7"The Inexorable Power of the Third Republic"31 March 1972 (1972-03-31)
8"The Dreaded Arrival of Captain Tardivaux"7 April 1972 (1972-04-07)
9"The Glorious Triumph of Barthelemey Piechut"14 April 1972 (1972-04-14)


The series was shot on location in Colombier-le-Vieux, in the department of Ardeche, south of Lyon. The steam railway there, which appears in the programme, had been restored by enthusiasts the year before shooting.

Home media[edit]

It was issued as a 2-DVD set by the BBC in 2013.[1]


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