René Lévesque (miniseries)

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René Lévesque was a Canadian television miniseries that aired on CBC Television in 2006. It stars Emmanuel Bilodeau as former-Quebec premier René Lévesque.

Plot and production[edit]

The series dramatized Lévesque as a journalist who eventually becomes the leader of the Parti Québécois. A journalist, Bilodeau, plays Lévesque, and it has been noted that Bilodeau had met the real Lévesque before the former-premier's death.[1] The series was viewed as "part of CBC's high-impact programming strategy."[2]


One newspaper said Bilodeau had a "remarkable" similarity to Lévesque in appearance;[3] however, another critic complained of "meandering looks at dubious 'icons' like separatist René Lévesque."[4] The series was considered a ratings flop since it drew only 131,000 viewers. It was thus seen as being among a few disappointments for the CBC in 2006, along with the documentary Hockey: A People's History and the television series What It's Like Being Alone.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CBC rolls out fall shows—heavy on documentaries," Standard - Freeholder. Cornwall, Ontario: June 4, 2005. pg. 29.
  2. ^ a b Bill Brioux, "Game over for the CBC," Jam! Showbiz:, URL accessed 23 January 2007.
  3. ^ "CBC emphasizes Canadian content," The Record. Kitchener, Ontario: June 8, 2005. pg. A.14.
  4. ^ James Vassallo, "'Canadian content' comes at a high price," Daily News, Prince Rupert, B.C.: January 12, 2007. pg. 4.

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