Mention Galton and Simpson and most will say Hancock or Steptoe, but there was a great deal morer to the legendary scriptwriters’ work including this adaptation.
Clochemerle, was originally a 1934 French satirical novel. However in 1972 with a little help from two legendary scriptwriters the BBC screened it as a 9 part TV series.
The scriptwriters were Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, of Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe and Son fame, who adapted the original novel into a TV script that was first broadcast on BBC2 in 1972. Featuring an all star cast the series was shot on location in Colombier-le-Vieux, in the department of Ardeche, south of Lyon.
Set in a French village in Beaujolais trouble erupts over plans to install a new urinal in the village square.
Narration by Peter Ustinov.
Adapted For Television By: Ray Galton and Alan Simpson
Co Production between BBC and German Broadcaster Bavaria Atelier
Original Transmission Dates: 18th February – 14th April 1972
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