Paris (1994 TV series)

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Created by Graham Linehan
Arthur Mathews
Starring Alexei Sayle
Neil Morrissey
Allan Corduner
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6
Producer(s) Talkback Productions
Running time 24 minutes approx.
Original network Channel 4
Original release 14 October – 18 November 1994

Paris is a British sitcom produced by Talkback Productions for Channel 4. It was written jointly by Irish writers Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan, best known for their later sitcom Father Ted. The show only lasted one series consisting of six episodes in October and November 1994. It featured the escapades of French artist Alain Degout living in 1920s Paris, who wants to be famous, but his work gets him nowhere. Unlike BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo, which was also set in France, featuring characters speaking in French accents, the characters of Paris spoke in an English accent.



Title Original airdate
1 "L'Infamie" 14 October 1994 (1994-10-14)
Alain is arrested when one of his works of 'art' - actually just stains on his floorboards from paint and a spilled breakfast - incites a riot.
2 "Le Critique" 21 October 1994 (1994-10-21)
When Degout spies an opportunity to ingratiate himself with and place one of his works directly in the hands of one of France's fiercest art critics, the 'Butcher of Bordeaux', he takes it!
3 "Les Gimmiques" 28 October 1994 (1994-10-28)
Hearing talk of a portrait commission, Degout sets about devising an attention-catching gimmick in order to win the work. However, it seems that every other aspiring Parisian has had the same idea.
4 "Les Musiciens" 4 November 1994 (1994-11-04)
Minotti persuades Degout to impersonate a renowned musician in order to impress some friends from out of town. Although initially reluctant, an altercation with an American-style jazz band leaves Alain the better off.
5 "La Solitude" 11 November 1994 (1994-11-11)
Desperate for some peace and quiet in order that he may concentrate and receive inspiration for his art, Degout flees Paris for his rural childhood home. However, what he finds upon his arrival is not quite as expected.
6 "L'Insanitie" 18 November 1994 (1994-11-18)
A misunderstanding with Rochet leads to Degout's incarceration in an asylum. Upon his release, Alain discovers that the episode led to his paintings finally selling - and so he decides he has only one option...

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